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CWN Energy Action Coalition
Friday, December 7th
noon-1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
The Energy Action Coalition will meet Friday to discuss Alaska’s natural gas prospects and opportunities. We will outline a potential CWN study report on the various natural gas projects in Alaska and recommendations for the incoming administration.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
Friday, December 7th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Friday morning we will continue our discussion of the Permanent Fund and finalize the group’s recommendations for our report.

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

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Date:
December 12th
Time:
noon-1:30pm
Location:
Dena'ina Center

Legislative Agenda 2019:
CWN’s 12th Annual Legislator Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 12th
The Dena’ina Center
noon-1:30pm

 

Each year in December, we invite the next year’s legislature to be our guests at this luncheon. Traditionally the Senate President and Speaker of the House keynote this event to present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Then, several rounds of table conversations, you will have the opportunity to discuss the critical issues facing our state with legislators. Each legislator is seated at a table with about nine participants. After 15-20 minutes of conversation, legislators change to an adjacent table for the next round of discussion and so on. It’s a great format, and we always get positive feedback from legislators and our members who find this exchange information and opinions to be a valuable experience.

This is not a campaign event or a cross-examination. It’s a chance for well-informed Alaskans to discuss vital policy issues with each other in advance of the 2019 legislative session.

We had an excellent turnout last year with a third of the legislature in attendance. This is a unique chance for you to have open and unscripted conversations with our members.

Register online or RSVP to (907) 566-2396.

Thank you to our program sponsors!

ConocoPhillips

Northrim Bank

Sponsorships Available

Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9524 for details.

 

Date:
November 28th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St.

Mitigating a Crisis: Critical Public Policies
for Alaska’s Food Security

Wednesday, November 28th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street
noon-1pm

Video of this program is now available online.

Commonwealth North will host a program on food security in Alaska and what it means in terms of public policy. According to a report commissioned by DHSS, 95% of the $2 billion of food Alaskans purchase is imported. Moreover, our food is shipped through long supply chains.   Essential items arrive by airplane, barge, and truck from Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Lower 48.  Alaska’s vulnerable supply chain is sensitive to fuel prices and can be disrupted by natural disasters or severe weather. Food prices for Alaskans are affected by high transportation costs, especially in rural communities, and commercial farming in Alaska faces a number  of unique challenges in order to be successful.

This program will examine what Alaska can do to enhance local food production and make it an economically sustainable industry and viable option for Alaskan consumers. Locally grown food production could also be an economic engine by creating new jobs and keeping more Alaskan dollars in the state.

Our guest speakers will include Ed Fogels, natural resource consultant and former Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources; and Johanna Herron, Market Access and Food Safety Manager, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture. Additional panelists to be announced.

 Register online or RSVP to (907) 566-2396.

Table Sponsorships Available

(Contact CWN staff at (907) 258-9524 for details.)

Date:
Friday, November 9th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
The Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Post Election Update with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

 Lisa Murkowski

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

Friday, November 9th

Noon-1pm

(doors open at 11:45am)

This program has sold out.

Video of the program is available by clicking here.

Commonwealth North is proud to welcome U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski to give us an update on the latest news from Washington, D.C., and an analysis of the implications of the November elections for Alaska.

Senator Murkowski is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Register online or RSVP to (907) 566-2396.

Fiscal Policy Study Group

November 2nd
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
8am-9am

 

We will continue our discussion of the Permanent Fund and potential report recommendations. We will be joined by Craig Richards, Chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees, and former Alaska Attorney General.

If you have not yet done so, I recommend reviewing the following links that have been the subject of our recent meetings.

 

 

The teleconference will be (907) 276-4900.

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CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
Friday, October 19th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Co-chair Eric Wohlforth and study group member Brian Hove previously circulated memos to the group exploring several discussion points regarding the Permanent Fund. We will discuss them in detail at tomorrow’s meeting. We will also discuss potential recommendations for a study group report and additional guest speakers the group may want to hear from.
Date:
Wednesday, October 31st
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St.

Commonwealth North Presents: The UAA Seawolf Debate Team

Be it resolved: The State of Alaska should always prioritize renewable resources over non-renewable resources

 

October 31st

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

12pm – 1pm (doors open at 11:45am)

Video of this program is now available online.

Commonwealth North is proud to once again host the internationally award winning University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Team. In past years, the Seawolf debate team has performed engaging and upbeat debates before the Commonwealth North membership and we are pleased to welcome the team back again this year to address another important public policy topic.

This year the team will debate both sides of the motion, “The State of Alaska should always prioritize renewable resources over non-renewable resources.” The debate will include controversial topics such as the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative, Pebble Mine, and others. In the traditional debate style, the audience will be invited to join in with the energy of the debate by cheering for the arguments that are particularly clever and effective. We will also poll the audience before and after the debate to gauge how the team’s arguments can sway public opinion. Join Commonwealth North and the UAA debate team for a rousing and fun afternoon of discussion and well-reasoned arguments.

Commonwealth north has long been an advocate of debate and public dialogue to address the vital public policy issues facing our state. Regularly hosting the University of Alaska Anchorage debate team is one way we encourage public policy discussions and also showcase the talent of some of Alaska’s future leaders.

Thank you to our program sponsor!

ECI

Table sponsorships available.

Contact the CWN office at (907) 276-9524 for details.

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
 
with
 
Craig Richards, Chair of the
Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees
 
Friday, October 5th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Craig will join us to give us his thoughts about last week’s Permanent Fund Board of Trustees annual meeting and the Fund’s plan to increase investment in Alaskan projects.
Also, at our last meeting, Ed King of King Economics met with us to discuss the Permanent Fund. He writes about meeting with CWN in his recent blog post below.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
CWN Energy Action Coalition
 
 
BP Alaska Prudhoe Proud: 40 More Years
with
Fabian Wirnkar, VP, Reservoir Development, BP
 
Friday, October 5th
Noon-1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
Fabian Wirnkar will give us an update on BP Alaska’s North Slope operations and plans to unlock 40 more years of oil and gas. He will also discuss BP Alaska’s major 2019 seismic plans and give us the latest on advancing Alaska’s LNG.
We will be ordering a variety of sandwich wraps and salad from PitaPit.
Please RSVP of you would like lunch ($20).

 

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

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
(click map to zoom in)


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