The May 10th meeting of the Fiscal Policy Study Group is postponed but stay tuned as we develop the next series of meetings.
Energy Action Coalition
Renewable Energy Projects in Alaska
We will have a briefing from Chris Rose, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), to outline how Alaska produces energy and where renewable generation may fit in a statewide sustainable energy strategy.
CWN Food Security Study Group
Wednesday, May 8th
The Peanut Farm
5227 Old Seward Hwy
We will have a briefing from David Schade, Acting Director of the Alaska Division of Agriculture, to discuss the statutory duties and authorizations of the Division and state programs related to food production, inspection, and enhancing our local food supply.
The May 3rd Fiscal Policy Study Group meeting is postponed until next week. Check back to this webpage for updates on future meetings.
Our April 24th Food Security Study Group is postponed but we plan to meet next week, March 1st.
If you would like to be added to the Food Security Study Group announcement list, email email@example.com.
First National Bank Alaska
1751 Gambell St
(doors open at 7:45am)
We will have a briefing from Mark Foster. He will talk about research he has done on K-12 effectiveness, efficiency, and affordability. He recently completed his appointed term on the Anchorage School Board and previously served as the Anchorage School District’s CFO. Mark has also recently worked in Juneau advising Senators on fiscal and education-related issues.
Constitutional amendment proposals
Enhancing the University of Alaska’s Land Grant
Thursday, April 25th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street
CWN is pleased to host University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen to discuss the University’s land grant and its role in the University’s overall funding. Land grant universities across the United States have been recipients of federal lands in order to enhance their ability to obtain a sustainable funding stream. President Johnsen will explain why the University of Alaska’s land grant is the second-smallest in the United States, and what steps the University is taking to advocate for additional acreage to enhance its ability to support education. Earnings from the University’s Land Grant Trust Fund are used to fund, among other things, the Alaska Scholars Program which awards an $11,000 scholarship to the top ten percent of the graduates from every Alaska high school each year.
University Lands Background
Under federal laws enacted in 1915 and 1929, the University of Alaska was entitled to receive approximately 360,000 acres of public land in Alaska. Due in large part to the inability of the Federal Government to expeditiously survey Alaska, only 3% of the 1915 land grant had been conveyed when the Statehood Act of 1959 repealed the law. As a result, the University never received the remainder of its entitlement. Consequently, the largest state in the U.S. has received a smaller land grant for higher education than any other state except Delaware and Hawaii (which received no federal land at all). Today, the University owns approximately 145,000 acres of land. These lands include federal grant lands, other lands acquired from local, state or federal governments for restricted educational purposes, purchased lands, and lands donated to the University.