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Fiscal Policy Study Group

Friday September 22nd

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

7:30am-8:30am

 

We will continue our work to examine the Legislature’s revenue options and their implications to Alaskans in anticipation of a special legislative session later this year.

We have posted on our website several resources on state revenue that the group will be reviewing over the next several weeks. You can view those online revenue reports here.

Date:
September 22nd, 2017
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave.

Energy Action Coalition

Working Session

Examining the U.S. Energy and Natural Resources Act

Morris Communications

301 Arctic Slope Ave.

noon-1pm

On Friday, we will have a group working session to take a close look at the Energy and Natural Resources Act (S.1460)  now pending in the U.S. Senate.  We will look at the elements of the bill that affect Alaska and provide our input to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In preparation for this meeting, Please take a look at the following documents now posted on our website:

Click here to register for lunch!

Note our meeting location!

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(aka Danner Ave.)

Near the Dimond Costco and Red Robin restaurant

(Google Map)

Join us Wednesday, September 20th, at the Anchorage Museum when we continue our Alaskan author series with Malcolm and Cindy Roberts, authors of, Magic Moments: Battles Worth Fighting and Joys Worth Celebrating: An Alaska Memoir.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)
625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the
Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

September 13th
5:00pm-6:00pm
Malcolm and Cindy Roberts

Magic Moments: Battles Worth Fighting and Joys Worth Celebrating
An Alaska Memoir

Date:
September 15th, 2017
Time:
7:30am - 8:30am
Location:
The Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Breakfast with Governor Steve Cowper
Friday, September 15th
Petroleum Club of Anchorage

7:30am-8:30am

With his signature wit wisdom, Governor Cowper gave us his insights into the creation of the Permanent Fund, a vision for its future, and the use of the fund and its earnings as a tool to meet the current and future fiscal needs of the State of Alaska.

The Alaska Permanent Fund was created by a public referendum in 1976. It was established as an inviolate trust with the principal of the Fund to be invested in perpetuity. The beneficiaries of the trust were to be all present and future generations of Alaskans.

Steve Cowper served as Alaska’s Sixth Governor from 1987 to 1990. He served on the committee that developed the permanent fund in 1976 during his time in the Alaska Legislature. Alaska’s Permanent Fund is considered a globally recognized model for successful sovereign wealth funds. It was designed to allow Alaskans of the future to share in a temporary windfall from a nonrenewable resource, and managed by a Board of Trustees whose terms and appointments shielded investment policies from political agendas.

As the debate over how the earnings of the Permanent Fund will or could be used by the State of Alaska to support annual spending, Alaskans seek information about the intent of the fund, and how we should best address our state’s needs through its use.

CWN Alaskan Authors Series

Wednesday: Charles Wohlforth

Join us Wednesday at 5:00pm for the next in a series of evening programs with Alaskan authors on topics ranging from the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase to space exploration at the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery (4th floor).

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)

625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the

Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

September 13th
5:00pm-6:00pm
Charles Wohlforth

From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs—Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel—realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster.

In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan—a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field—offers the most realistic and thrill­ing prospect of life without support from Earth.

Update on Energy Policy and the Energy Act

With Brian Hughes, Deputy Staff Director,

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

noon – 1pm

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E. 36th Avenue

~via video conference~

Lunch will be available – please order online in advance.

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

September 5, 2017

Alaskan Author’s Series Tonight


Topics: Events

CWN Alaskan Authors Series

Wednesday: Alex Hills

Join us tonight at 5:00pm for the third in a series of Wednesday evening programs with Alaskan authors on topics ranging from the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase to space exploration at the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery (4th floor).

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)

625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the

Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

September 6th
5:00pm-6:00pm
Alex Hills

Dr. Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and UAA Affiliate Distinguished Professor, will tell the story of how he worked in the far reaches of Alaska to provide radio and telecommunication services to the state’s villages.

Alex and his team traveled Alaska by bush plane and snow machine, braving extreme weather and rough terrain to get the job done. He fell into the rhythm of the villages and met Yup’ik and Inupiaq elders, learning about their strongly held values. But he also worked with some of Alaska’s telecom pioneers to bring better service to the villages.

Later he took charge of KOTZ, Kotzebue’s new public radio station, which he shaped into a valuable information resource for the people of the state’s huge northwest region. At each step along the way, Alex made friends with Alaska’s village people and developed a deep respect for them. He also became friends with some of Alaska’s telephone and broadcasting heroes.

The story is told in more detail in Alex’s new book, Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them, which will be available at the event.

 

 

 

Fiscal Action Coalition
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, September 8th
7:30am-8:30am

Join us Friday morning when we continue our discussion about the state budget, legislative process, and recommendations for reform. On Friday, we will finalize the topics to be studied over the next couple of months and recommendations in anticipation of a special legislative session.

If you have not yet done so, I recommend downloading and reviewing our 2017 report, The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update) 2017.

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

AIDEA’s Role in Energy Projects for Alaska
with
Mark Davis
Chief Infrastructure Development Officer
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Friday, September 1st, Noon – 1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
(Near the Dimond Costco)
Mark Davis gave us an update on AIDEA and discussed their role in supporting Alaska’s energy projects .

CWN Alaskan Authors Series

Wednesday: David Ramseur

Join us Wednesday at 5:00pm for the second in a series of Wednesday evening programs with Alaskan authors on topics ranging from the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase to space exploration at the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery (4th floor).

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)

625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the

Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

August 30th

5:00pm-6:00pm

David Ramseur

Melting the Ice Curtain tells the story of how inspiration, courage, and persistence by citizen-diplomats bridged a widening gap in superpower relations. David Ramseur was a first-hand witness to the danger and political intrigue, having flown on that first Friendship Flight, and having spent thirty years behind the scenes with some of Alaska’s highest officials. As Alaska celebrates the 150th anniversary of its purchase, and as diplomatic ties with Russia become perilous, Melting the Ice Curtain shows that history might hold the best lessons for restoring diplomacy between nuclear neighbors.

Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier.



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