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Date:
Thursday, August 13th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Food Security Study Group

Large Retailer and Shipper Perspecitves

on Food Security and the Pandemic

Thursday, August 13th

8am-9am

Online

With five to seven days of food supply on store shelves, finely-tuned just in time inventory systems, shifting consumer demands, and long, vulnerable supply chains, maintaining food supplies in Alaska is a constantly evolving strategic and tactical dilemma. This session will focus on how large retailers and shippers maintain food supplies and react to disruptions in the system. 

Speakers:

  • Bob Ripley, General Manager, Dimond Costco – confirmed
  • Eddie Walton, Director of Railbelt Logistics, Matson – invited

 The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

Date:
Wednesday, August 12th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

Alaska’s Arctic and the New Great Power Competition

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

8:00 am – 9 am

Online

Through increased economic and military activity, Russia and China continue to assert interest and presence in the Arctic. How then does the U.S. respond and what implications does that response have for Alaska’s Arctic region?

Please join Commonwealth North and our collaborators the Arctic Domain Awareness Center and The Polar Institute at The Wilson Center for a discussion about the implications of the New Great Power Competition for Alaska’s Arctic.

Moderators

  • Randy “Church” Kee, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) (confirmed)Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness CenterUniversity of Alaska 
  • Michael Sfraga (confirmed)Director, Polar InstituteThe Wilson Center

SPEAKERS

  • Shannon R. Jenkins (confirmed) Senior Arctic Advisor, Office of Arctic PolicyUnited States Coast Guard
  • Michael J. Smith (confirmed) U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionDepartment of Homeland Security
  • David W. Martin, Jr.  (invited) Alaska CommandU.S. Air Force  

REGISTRATION:The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

Date:
Wednesday, August 26th
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Elections Matter: Does Alaska Need Election Reform?   Wednesday, August 26th

Noon-1pm

On November 3, 2020, Alaskans will consider an initiative that would make sweeping changes as to how elections are conducted in our state:

“An Act Replacing the Political Party Primary with an Open Primary System and Ranked-Choice General Election, and Requiring Additional Campaign Finance Disclosures”.

This program will feature Katherine Gehl, co-author of the recently published, “The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy”.

Following Ms. Gehl’s remarks, we will hear analysis of the election reform initiative from Alaska attorneys Scott Kendall and Chad Hutchison.

The program is free to members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Thursday, August 6th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Food Security Study Group

Child Nutrtion Programs

Thursday, August 6

8am-9am

Online

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development administers a portfolio of Child Nutrition Programs. This session will provide an overview of those programs, including the under the authorization of the US. Department of Agricuture’s Food and Nutrition Service. The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, August 5th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

A Warming Arctic:
National Security Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Online

This program is sold out but video will be available later this week.

Video of the program will be made available later in the week for those who are unable to attend.

Climate change is altering the physical landscape in the Arctic. The region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, much faster than many climate scientists predicted. A warmer Arctic may pose national security challenges, but it may also create opportunities for investment and development in Alaska.

Please join Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) for a discussion of the security challenges and opportunities posed by the warming Arctic.”

Speakers:

  • Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.),
    President of American Security Project

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

Arctic Policy Study Group
The Arctic Policy Study Group typically meets weekly on Wednesdays (usually at 8 a.m.) throughout the summer and early fall. Please join us to explore the issues critical to the region and our state.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, July 29th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online via Zoom
Arctic Policy Study Group
Surface Transportation in Alaska's Arctic Region
Wednesday, July 29th
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Online

Alaska’s Arctic “is a vast territory with a relatively small population, characterized by long distances and almost no road system, where transportation occurs mainly by airplane and boat.” This session will explore several proposed surface transportation projects in the Arctic.  

Speakers:

  • Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources (ASTAR): Jeff Bruno, DNR
  • Ambler Access: Jeff San Juan, AIDEA
  • Alaska Department of Transportation Northern Region: Ryan Anderson

The event is free of charge, but please register to receive your login details.

The Arctic Policy Study Group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. throughout the summer and early fall. Please join us to explore the issues critical to the region and our state.   The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
July 10th
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online
Energy Action Coalition
Emerging Renewable Energy Initiatives in Alaska
Isaac Vanderburg
CEO
Launch Alaska
 
Friday, July 10th
Noon-1pm
Online

Isaac will discuss Alaskan renewable energy project initiatives and a future outlook for the potential of renewable energy technology in the state.

Launch Alaska’s mission is to accelerate the resource revolution. This means supporting companies who are decarbonizing and electrifying food, water, transportation and energy systems. Through an intensive 8 month program, Launch Alaska pairs startups with decision makers in Alaska to validate technologies and scope projects for deployment. Startups work with investors, policy wonks and customers in a collaborative and structured program—all focused on getting solutions to the companies and communities who need them most.

Isaac was previously the State Director for the Alaska Small Business Development Center and is a member of the Commonwealth North board of directors.How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
July 10th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online
Commonwealth North
Fiscal Policy Study Group
 
Future State Spending & Revenue: 
Engaging Alaskans in “What if . . .?”
 
Workgroup Meeting
 
Friday, July 10th
8am-9am
 
Online

Friday morning, the workgroups will continue reviewing drafts of their revenue/spending scenarios we are developing for a web based tool to assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge.

The event is free of charge, but please register to receive your Zoom login information.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, July 8th
Time:
8am-9:30am
Location:
Online
Arctic Policy Study Group
Study Launch
 
Wednesday, July 8th
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Online

Please join Arctic Policy Study Group Co-Chairs Mead Treadwell, Tom Barrett, Moire Bockenstedt, Bob Cox, and Gail Schubert and invited guests from our Arctic collaborators as Commonwealth North begins a new look at policies that are shaping the Arctic.

We will review the charge statement for the study group, hear from the co-chairs and collaborators, and consider the content and schedule for the coming sessions.  It is anticipated that the Arctic Policy Study Group will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. throughout the summer and early fall.

Please join us to explore the issues critical to the region and our state.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive your login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
June 18th
Time:
9am-10am
Location:
Online via Zoom
Food Security Study Group
Mass Feeding Capacity and Infrastructure
Thursday, June 18th
9am-10am
We will host a panel of experts to discuss emergency feeding plans in the event of disasters or interruptions in Alaska's food supply chain.

Panelists:
Major John Brackenbury, Salvation Army | Alaska Division
Dave Williams, American Red Cross | Alaska Region
Lisa Sauder, Chief Executive Officer, Bean's Cafe
 
The event is free of charge, but please register to obtain your login information for Zoom.

How to Zoom
You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Thursday's program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.