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CWN Food Security Study Group

Personal Use of Alaska’s Wildlife

Wednesday, September 11th

Alaska Village Initiatives
1577 C St
Suite 304

8am-9am

Wednesday morning, Tom Harris, CEO of Kniknatnu, Inc., and former CEO of Alaska Village Initiatives, will continue our study group’s discussion about the State’s food policy as is relates to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources by rural and indigenous Alaskans. Tom will discuss policies other states have implemented with private landowners that have increased wildlife resources and positively impacted food security in those states.

This is part of a series of meetings we are hosting on the personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources as we work toward developing public policy recommendations for enhancing food security for Alaskans.

Fiscal Policy Study Group

State School Bond Reimbursement

First National Bank Alaska Operations Center

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Friday, September 13th

8am-9am

On Friday, Nils Andreassen, Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal League, will give presentation about the role of the State’s school bond reimbursement program and its impact on the finances of local governments.

Nils’ PowerPoint can be downloaded here.

 

This program is part of our ongoing series to understand the State of Alaska’s debt management and to identify potential policy recommendations.

Date:
October 2nd, 2019
Time:
6pm-9pm reception at 5:30pm
Location:
Dena'ina Center
2019 Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan Awards Gala
Honoring Admiral Thomas Barrett & John Sturgeon
 
The Dena’ina Center
October 2nd
6pm-9pm
Reception begins at 5:30pm
Business Attire
Commonwealth North continues our tradition of honoring outstanding Alaskans and policy-makers with The Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership, and this year we introduce the William A. Egan Distinguished Alaskan Award. These honors go to policy influencers who have led and added clarity to public policy issues in Alaska and the Nation. This year, we will honor Admiral Thomas Barrett, President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, with the Hickel Award; and John Sturgeon with the Egan Award. John will be the first recipient of the Egan Award for his dedication to conservation, wildlife and resource development issues, and his historic U.S. Supreme Court journey to reestablish Alaska’s right to manage its own waterways.
 
The evening will include great food, drinks, entertainment, and a look back at their contributions to Alaska.

Former recipients of the Hickel Award include: Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens, Jay Hammond, Don Young, John Katz, Willie Hensley, Lisa Murkowski, Tony Knowles, Frank Murkowski and Jim Jansen.

If you would like to sponsor a table or be recognized as a contributor, contact Jim Egan at (907) 258-9524, or exec@commonwealthnorth.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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CWN Food Security Study Group

Personal Use of Alaska’s Wildlife

Wednesday, September 4th

Alaska Village Initiatives
1577 C St
Suite 304

8am-9am

Tomorrow morning, Rick Green, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, will continue our discussion about the State’s food policy as is relates to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources by rural and indigenous Alaskans.

This is the second of a series of meetings we will host over the next couple of weeks on personal use of Alaska’s wildlife resources. Stay tuned as we confirm additional speakers.

 

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Date:
September 13th, 2019
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C Street
Closing the Rural Broadband Gap
 
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
September 13th
noon-1:30pm
Although both government and private industry have made significant investments to improve communications infrastructure in rural Alaska, much of our state remains far behind in access to reliable, affordable, broadband internet service. On Friday, CWN will host a panel to discuss what has been done thus far, and what Alaska can do to close this technology gap. The discussion will include the potential of emerging technologies for enhancing broadband service to remote areas.

Our panel will include :

  • Heather Handyside, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement, GCI
  • Vickie Kelly, Alaska Business Development Director, Leonardo DRS
  • Christine O’Connor, Executive Director, Alaska Telecom Association
  • Chuck Schumann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Dataport
  • Leonard Steinberg, Senior VP, Legal, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Alaska Communications

Thank you to our program sponsors!

 

 

CWN Food Security Study Group
 
Personal Use of Alaska’s Wildlife
 
Wednesday, August 28th
 
Alaska Village Initiatives
1577 C St
Suite 304
 
8am-9am
Wednesday morning, Alaska Village Initiatives CEO, Charles Parker, will discuss the state’s food policy related to cultural and personal use of Alaska’s wildlife by rural and indigenous Alaskans.
This is the first in a three part series we will host over the next couple of weeks on personal and cultural use of Alaska’s wildlife resources. Stay tuned as we confirm speakers from the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Energy Action Coalition

Opportunities & Challenges of a Chugach Electric / ML&P Merger

Friday, August 23rd

noon-1pm

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

500 W 36th Avenue

Mark’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Mark Foster, Principal at Mark A. Foster and Associates, will give us his analysis of the opportunities and challenges associated with the proposed acquisition of ML&P by Chugach Electric Association.

Mark is an engineer and management consultant. He has served as CFO and OMB Director for the Anchorage School District, board member for Alaska Power and Telephone and Anchorage Municipal Light & Power, Commissioner at the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and lead engineer for the Fairbanks Municipal Utility System.

 

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Alaska USA

Fiscal Policy Study Group
School Bond Debt Reimbursement Program
Friday, August 16th
8:00am-9:00am
(doors open at 7:45am)
First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center
1751 Gambell St
Friday morning, we will be joined by Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent of Anchorage Schools, and Alexander Slivka, Chief Fiscal Officer at the Municipality of Anchorage. They will discuss their perspective of the State’s debt management and school bond debt reimbursement program.
Date:
August 21st, 2019
Time:
7:30am-8:30am
Location:
3301 C Street

CWN Presents
The Value of Civic Education

August 21st
7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street

Video of this program is available online.

Commonwealth North welcomes Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to our August forum. He will discuss the value of civic education in growing our communities. For over thirty years, CWN’s mission has been to educate Alaskans on the critical issues facing our state and identify effective solutions. We believe it is essential that Alaskans are well informed and engage in the public arena to debate the policies that will create opportunities and improve the quality of life for Alaskans.

 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act in 1965 to support research, preservation, education, and public programs in the humanities. NEH has awarded more than 64,000 grants since 1965, totaling $5.5 billion, and has leveraged in today’s dollars nearly $4.1 billion in private matching donations. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, and online resources.

Jon Parrish Peede’s previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, director of the NEA Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program, director of the NEA Big Read program, director of communications at Millsaps College, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities. He has written speeches for a U.S. president, a first lady, and a librarian of Congress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Table sponsorships available

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

CWN Food Security Study Group
 
Friday, August 9th
8:00am-9:00am
(doors open at 7:45am)
 
First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center
1751 Gambell St
Friday morning we will have two briefings via teleconference. Note our meeting location at FNBA on Gambell.
  • David Weisz, President and CEO of Three Bears Alaska, will discuss Alaska’s food supply chain and contingencies in the event of a disruption.

 

  • Nicole Gueck, Risk Management Specialist at Agrilogic Consulting, LLC, a Texas based agricultural consulting firm that has been advising Alaskan farmers for decades. They utilize USDA grants and other federal programs to help farmers with crop insurance, recovering from a natural disasters, and other consulting services. They also assist new farmers entering the business.
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