Cliff Groh, in collaboration with UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, published a paper on the State’s Public Employee’s Retirement System and the Teacher’s Retirement System on how the State is managing these retirement systems and the options for funding future liabilities. Cliff will present his paper as we begin our understanding of PERS/TRS and best practices for managing the State’s debt and future obligations.
2019 Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan Awards Gala
Honoring Admiral Thomas Barrett & John Sturgeon
The Dena’ina Center
Reception begins at 5:30pm
Commonwealth North continues our tradition of honoring outstanding Alaskans and policy-makers with The Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership, and this year we introduce the William A. Egan Distinguished Alaskan Award. These honors go to policy influencers who have led and added clarity to public policy issues in Alaska and the Nation. This year, we will honor Admiral Thomas Barrett, President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, with the Hickel Award; and John Sturgeon with the Egan Award. John will be the first recipient of the Egan Award for his dedication to conservation, wildlife and resource development issues, and his historic U.S. Supreme Court journey to reestablish Alaska’s right to manage its own waterways.
The evening will include great food, drinks, entertainment, and a look back at their contributions to Alaska.
Former recipients of the Hickel Award include: Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens, Jay Hammond, Don Young, John Katz, Willie Hensley, Lisa Murkowski, Tony Knowles, Frank Murkowski and Jim Jansen.
If you would like to sponsor a table or be recognized as a contributor, contact Jim Egan at (907) 258-9524, or email@example.com.
Although both government and private industry have made significant investments to improve communications infrastructure in rural Alaska, much of our state remains far behind in access to reliable, affordable, broadband internet service. On Friday, CWN will host a panel to discuss what has been done thus far, and what Alaska can do to close this technology gap. The discussion will include the potential of emerging technologies for enhancing broadband service to remote areas.
Our panel will include :
Heather Handyside, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement, GCI
Vickie Kelly, Alaska Business Development Director, Leonardo DRS
Christine O’Connor, Executive Director, Alaska Telecom Association
Chuck Schumann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Dataport
Leonard Steinberg, Senior VP, Legal, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Alaska Communications
On Friday, Casey Sullivan, Government and Public Affairs Manager at Marathon Petroleum Company, will brief us on Marathon’s projects in Alaska and its plans for the future.
Marathon has made a number of acquisitions in Alaska including the site of the former Flint Hills refinery in Fairbanks, and the former Tesoro refinery in Nikiski after a the purchase of Andeavor which acquired the refinery in 2017. Marathon also took ownership of the former ConocoPhillips LNG plant in Nikiski when it purchased Andeavor.
Wednesday morning, Tom Harris, CEO of Kniknatnu, Inc., and former CEO of Alaska Village Initiatives, will continue our study group’s discussion about the State’s food policy as is relates to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources by rural and indigenous Alaskans. Tom will discuss policies other states have implemented with private landowners that have increased wildlife resources and positively impacted food security in those states.
This is part of a series of meetings we are hosting on the personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources as we work toward developing public policy recommendations for enhancing food security for Alaskans.
On Friday, Nils Andreassen, Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal League, will give presentation about the role of the State’s school bond reimbursement program and its impact on the finances of local governments.
Tomorrow morning, Rick Green, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, will continue our discussion about the State’s food policy as is relates to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources by rural and indigenous Alaskans.
This is the second of a series of meetings we will host over the next couple of weeks on personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources. Stay tuned as we confirm additional speakers.
Wednesday morning, Alaska Village Initiatives CEO, Charles Parker, will discuss the state’s food policy related to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife by rural and indigenous Alaskans.
This is the first in a three part series we will host over the next couple of weeks on personal and cultural use of Alaska’s wildlife resources. Stay tuned as we confirm speakers from the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Mark Foster, Principal at Mark A. Foster and Associates, will give us his analysis of the opportunities and challenges associated with the proposed acquisition of ML&P by Chugach Electric Association.
Mark is an engineer and management consultant. He has served as CFO and OMB Director for the Anchorage School District, board member for Alaska Power and Telephone and Anchorage Municipal Light & Power, Commissioner at the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and lead engineer for the Fairbanks Municipal Utility System.
Friday morning, we will be joined by Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent of Anchorage Schools, and Alexander Slivka, Chief Fiscal Officer at the Municipality of Anchorage. They will discuss their perspective of the State’s debt management and school bond debt reimbursement program.