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What's New

Date:
Wednesday, April 21
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Wednesday, May 12
Online via Zoom
Noon-1:00pm

The Americans for Carbon Dividends and the Climate Leadership Council will present on their plan to significantly reduce national carbon emissions through economic policies including a carbon dividend. Hear how a four-part plan of gradually increasing carbon fees, paying a dividend to all Americans, simplifying the regulatory environment, and pricing parity to incentivize other countries could help the U.S. achieve significant progress on carbon reduction. 

Date:
Wednesday, April 21
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Wednesday, April 21

Online via Zoom

Noon-1:00pm

As shareholders of “Alaska Inc.”, the citizens of Alaska have a vested interest in how their state’s assets are performing. On April 21, CWN will host a panel of experts to report on the status of Alaska’s finances. This is especially critical now as the state faces critical budget challenges and may make decisions that will affect Alaska’s future.

Date:
Friday, Apr 2
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
online

Energy Policy Study Group

Tony Izzo

General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association

Friday, April 2

noon-1pm

online

Tony will give an update on the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric project and SQ transmission line that was damaged in the recent summer fires.

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

Date:
February 3, 2021
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

Messages from Maine:
Lessons Learned in Ranked Choice Voting

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Noon-1pm

Online

This program has sold out.

Video of the program will be available at a later date.

During the November 2020 general election, Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure Two. The effect of that measure will significantly change how elections are funded as well as how elections are administered. 

Maine implemented ranked choice voting in June 2018 following a citizens’ initiative in 2016. What can Alaska learn from Maine’s experience? How have Maine voters adapted to RCV? What lessons can Mainers provide Alaska as we consider how RCV will alter our elections?

Speakers:

Matthew Dunlap, former Maine Secretary of State – confirmed

Kyle Bailey, Maine State Representative – District 27 – confirmed

Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer, State of Alaska – confirmed

Gail Fenumiai, Director – Alaska Division of Elections – confirmed

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.

CWN Launches New Website

Alaskans asked their choices to close the budget gap

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website to assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge. The web site www.akbudget.com offers Alaskans the opportunity to make revenue and spending choices to address the projected $1.3 billion dollar shortfall in the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget.

The web site was developed by CWN’s Fiscal Policy Study Group. Since last May, the group has been working to flesh out the most likely options for balancing the state’s budget. Click below for a brief introductory video and visit the website.

We look forward to your budget solutions and thank the Fiscal Policy Study Group for their hard work!

Introductory Video

Date:
March 12
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Energy Policy Study Group

Creating a Railbelt Reliability Council:

Reducing Cost, Increasing Efficiency

Friday, March 12

The Railbelt Reliability Council was created as a result of state legislation (SB123)The RRC provides a forum and structure for the six interconnected Railbelt utilities, along with six non-utility stakeholders, to work together to address Railbelt-wide regional electric system issues in order to ensure grid resilience and reduce long term costs.

Speakers:

Julie Estey, MEA

Chris Rose, REAP

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, March 3
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Alaska Seafood:
Markets, Players, Issues

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Noon – 1:00 pm

The seafood industry is a major component of the Alaska economy.* This program features an overview of the economics of Alaska Seafood, a look at the harvesting and processing sectors, and discussion of industry status and and outlook for 2021. Speakers have also been asked to identify any issues or policies the industry may seek or anticipate in light of a new administration and current circumstances. 

Speakers:

  • Jeremey Woodrow, executive director – Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
  • Frances Leach, executive director – United Fishermen Alaska 
  • Chris Barrows, executive director – Pacific Seafood Processors Association
  • Stephanie Madsen, executive director – At Sea Processors Association

Seafood Industry – An Economic Snapshot:**

  • The seafood industry contributed $5.6 billion in economic output to Alaska’s economy in 2017/2018, including harvesting, processing, and support sectors.
  • About 58,700 workers were directly employed by Alaska’s seafood industry, earning $1.7 billion in wages annually.
  • There were 29,400 skippers, active permit owners and crew who fished in Alaska, of which 16,319 (56%) were Alaska residents.
**Laine Welch – Fish Factor in Anchorage Daily News, January 28, 2020
Date:
Wednesday, February 26
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Energy Policy Study Group

Innovative Energy Solutions for Alaska

Friday, February 26

noon-1pm

Online

Gwen Holdmann, Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will discuss the center’s efforts to bring cost effective energy solutions to rural Alaska.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is a statewide, university-led, applied research program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ACEP excels at being responsive to immediate and long term needs of residents, industries and agencies and focuses on research related to community and industry-scale power generation, transmission, heating, and transportation fuels. ACEP prioritizes its work on areas where Alaska has specific needs or where Alaska has a strategic advantage due to resource availability, unique circumstances, or location.

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, February 24
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

State of the University

A Report from UA President Pat Pitney

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Noon-1pm

Online

Speaker:

  • Pat Pitney, Interim President of the University of Alaska Statewide.

This program is supported in part by the University of Alaska Foundation

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

Date:
February 2
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Review of Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Possible Impacts on Long-Range State Budgets

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

8am-9am

Online OMB Director, Neil Steininger and Legislative Office Director, Miles Baker will join the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss Governor Dunleavy’s proposed fiscal-related legislation and the impact of that legislation on long-term budgeting for the State of Alaska.

Reference Materials: A review of the following materials is recommended:

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:
February 5, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Modernizing State of Alaska
Enterprise Systems, Business Practices, and other Administrative Services

Friday, February 5, 2021

8am-9am

Online

Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka of the Alaska Department of Administration joins the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss cost-saving measures to modernize and streamline the state’s administrative services. Tshibaka spoke to the group last year about efforts to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Join us for this session to learn more about the Department of Administration’s modernization and cost-saving initiatives.

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.