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Friday, April 27th
8am-9am
Alaska’s Pension Obligations with Cliff Groh

Cliff Groh, Chair of Alaska Common Ground, will present a paper he recently wrote in collaboration with ISER on how the state is dealing with retirement systems that don’t have enough money to cover future costs of pensions and benefits for state and local employees. The paper also discusses options for dealing with the shortfall.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)
Friday, April 20th
8am-9am
Legislative Update with Tim Bradner

Tim Bradner will update us on the legislative session in Juneau as well as provide a summary of his remarks at Northrim Bank’s Economic luncheon Monday.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)
Date:
May 11, 2018
Time:
Reception 5:30pm Dinner 6:30pm
Location:
Hilton Anchorage Hotel

May 11th, 2018
Hilton Anchorage Hotel Ballroom
Reception 5:30pm, Program 6:30pm-9:00pm

Live Entertainment
Raffle
Dinner
~Business Attire~

CWN Presents the Walter J. Hickel Award for
Distinguished Public Policy Leadership

2018 Recipient
Jim Jansen, Chairman of Lynden, Inc.

Seating is limited – advance registration required.

Honorary Co-Chairs: Governor Sean Parnell, Governor Frank Murkowski, Governor Tony Knowles, Governor Steve Cowper, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, General Joseph Ralston USAF (ret.), and John Katz

The Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership was established in 1999 to recognize the contributions and achievements of individuals who have played a significant role in advancing Alaska’s public policy interests. Former recipients include: Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens, Jay Hammond, Don Young, John Katz, Willie Hensley, Lisa Murkowski, Tony Knowles and Frank Murkowski.

Program sponsorships and table reservations can be made by contacting Jim Egan exec@commonwealthnorth.org.

Friday, April 6th
8am-9am
State Financial Accountability
with
Commissioner of Administration Leslie Ridle

The Commissioner of Administration, Leslie Ridle, and the Director of the Division of Finance, Kelly O’Sullivan, will dial-in from Juneau to discuss with us the State’s financial reporting system, how the Department tracks State funds, and develops the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Friday, March 30th

Morris Communications

8am-9am

Legislative Update with Tim Bradner

Journalist Tim Bradner will join us to give us the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

 

Note: Arctic Slope Ave and Danner Ave are the same street.

(Google Map)

Morris

 

Friday, March 23rd
8am-9am
Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher will dial-in from Juneau to discuss the Department of Revenue’s priorities for 2018, a proposal for bonding authority to pay oil tax credits, and a briefing on the  2018 Spring Revenue Sources Book.
 
Today’s PowerPoint presentation:FAC 032318 Fisher
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)
Friday, March 16th
POSTPONED
Due to a change in Representative Seaton’s schedule, we will not be having a meeting tomorrow.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us next week, Friday, March 23rd, when we will have Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher to discuss the Department of Revenue’s priorities for 2018, a proposal for bonding authority to pay oil tax credits, and a briefing on the Spring Revenue Sources Book.
Date:
March 8th, 2018
Time:
7:00am-8:00am (Doors open 6:30 a.m.)
Location:
The Dena'ina Center 600 W 7th Ave

Breakfast with the U.S. Department of the Interior
The Dena’ina Center
Thursday, March 8th
7:00am-8:00am

Video of the program is now available by clicking here.

We are excited to announce an opportunity to hear from the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt, and Alaska’s own Joe Balash, Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. We are presenting this program in cooperation with The Alliance and ask that you register through their website by clicking here.

David Bernhardt
Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
President Trump nominated Bernhardt for the position in April 2017 and the U.S. Senate confirmed him in July 2017. He was sworn-in by Secretary Zinke on August 1, 2017. As Deputy Secretary, Bernhardt is the second-highest-ranking official at the Interior Department with statutory responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer

From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including serving as Solicitor. In that capacity, he led the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada and was responsible, along with his Canadian counterpart, for maintaining the 5,525 mile international boundary between these two nations. Prior to that, he served then-Secretary Norton as a deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of Congressional and Legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary.

Joe Balash
Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
A native of North Pole, Alaska, living in Washington D.C., Balash brings more than 19 years of experience in land and natural resource management.

Joe Balash most recently served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan before his confirmation. He is the former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Balash heads the Department of the Interior’s management of all federal lands and waters, and their associated mineral and non-mineral resources, as well as the appropriate regulation of surface coal mining. The Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management is committed to managing, protecting, and improving lands and waters to serve the needs of the American people at all times.

Register online at http://alaskaalliance.chambermaster.com/events/details/alliance-bi-monthly-breakfast-2078

CWN Health Care Study Group
Alaska’s Opioid Crisis
Thursday March 15th
7:30am-9:00am
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
4000 Ambassador Drive
Consortium Office Building, 1st Floor
As a follow-up to our recent forum on opioid addiction, the Health Care Study Group will be meeting Thursday to dive deeper in to the public policy issues and examine the full scope of Alaska’s opioid addiction crisis. Due to the scale of this challenge, Governor Walker has issued a disaster declaration establishing a statewide Overdose Response Program, issued an administrative order directing state departments to prioritize resources to combat the opioid epidemic, and signed opioid reform legislation.
Andy Jones, Director of the Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention (DHSS) and Deputy Incident Commander for Governor Walkers Statewide Opioid Epidemic Response, will expand on his recent presentation to CWN and further discuss the State’s programs to address opioid addiction.
Representatives from Federal and State law enforcement and Alaska’s Congressional Delegation have also been invited to present.
No registration necessary
ANTHC
Consortium Office Building (COB)

COB

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Friday, March 2nd
noon-1pm
Update on ML&P Sale
On Friday, Chugach Electric will discuss the proposed sale of ML&P.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
noon-1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)


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