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What's New

Date:
January 15, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Work Session

Friday, January 15

8am-9am

Online

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Senator Natasha von Imhof will be rescheduled to another date as soon as possible. On Friday, we will have a work session to discuss future potential study topics and guest speakers for the Fiscal Policy Study Group.

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:
January 13, 2021
Time:
noon-1pm AKST
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

Premier Caroline Cochrane

Northwest Territories Canada

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Noon – 1:00 p.m. AKST

Online

Commonwealth North is pleased to host the honorable Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories, Canada. In addition to her role as premier, Ms. Cochrane serves as Minister of Executive & Indigenous Affairs, Minister Responsible for the COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat, and Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. 

Premier Cochrane will address natural resource development policies and meaningful engagement of indigenous peoples in economic self-determination and Arctic policy; opportunities for Alaska-NWT cooperation on energy, telecommunications, and transportation infrastructure; and fostering communication and cooperation between Alaska and the Northwest Territories on Arctic policy and international NGOs.

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:
January 8, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

State Revenue Briefing

Friday, January 8, 2021

8am-9am

Online

Commissioner Lucinda Mahoney with the Alaska Department of Revenue will join Commonwealth North’s Fiscal Policy Study Group for a briefing on the new revenue forecast, including a review of what’s changed since the spring forecast.

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:
December 16, 2020
Time:
noon-1:30pm
Location:
Online

Legislative Agenda 2021: CWN’s 14th Annual Legislator Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 16

Online

noon-1:30pm

As we approach a new legislative session in January, the State of Alaska faces a serious budget outook and other critical public policy issues. Our legislators will be asked to make important public policy decisions that will affect Alaskans for many years to come.

In December, Commonwealth North will once again host pre-session discussions between Alaskans and legislators. Your participation is vital to ensuring your voice is heard by legislators and that you know the criteria they will use to make decisions in the upcoming legislative session.  

At last year’s Legislator Meet and Greet program a third of Alaska’s legislators joined us for an outstanding luncheon which received very favorable responses from both legislators and Commonwealth North members.

This year we will host the program online and have moderated breakout rooms for several rounds of small group discussions with legislators.   This is not a campaign, political debate, or cross-examination. It is an opportunity to discuss key issues with well-informed, thoughtful Alaskans.

Thank you to our program sponsors!

ConocoPhillips
Northrim Bank

Alaska Chiropractic Association

Sponsorships Available

Contact the CWN office at events@commonwealthnorth.org for details.

Date:
Friday, December 4th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Energy Policy Study Group

Blue Fuels – A Review of the Technology, Financial Outlook, and Implications for Hydrogen & Ammonia in Alaska

Mark A. Foster

Friday, December 4th

noon-1pm

Online

Mark’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here

Mark will review his research into the science and technology emerging in the blue fuels market and the potential financial implications for Alaska’s energy outlook and international markets.

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.

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, October 14th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

Powering Alaska’s Arctic

Wednesday, October 14

8am-9am

Online

Alaska’s Arctic communities are innovating toward new and renewable energy opportunities. This panel will provide an overview of the trends that are driving clean energy and electrification projects in the Arctic as well as showcase several projects that demonstrate how communities and energy providers are using the Arctic environment and new technologies to expand electrification, decarbonization, and a brighter energy future.

Speakers:

  • Rob Roys, Deployment Driector – Launch Alaska
  • Ingemar Mathiasson, Energy Manager – Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Matt Bergan, Wind Farm Project Engineer – Kotzebue Electric Association

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:
Friday, October 9th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Budget Discussions with Legislative Candidates

Friday, October 9th

8am-9am

Online

We have invited candidates for the Legislature to join the study group over the next four Fridays to discuss their approach to Alaska’s budget challenges. This Friday we will host our first group of candidates.

If you have not done so already, visit akbudget.com to review our interactive budget website and submit your choices for the state budget.   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, October 14th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

Senator Lisa Murkowski:

Pending Federal Actions and Alaska’s Arctic

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Noon-1pm

Online

Video is available here.

Senator Murkowski will speak to recent and pending federal actions, legislation, and appropriations to more fully realize the U.S. position as an Arctic nation. 

  1. Discuss the re-established Arctic Energy Office, its role, what does success look like
  2. S. 2786 The Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee Act (pending passage via the Coast Guard Bill)
  3. Other direct appropriations and incentives for Arctic ports pending in WRDA legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act, and perhaps the Coast Guard Authorization Bill.
  4. Pending appropriations for ice breakers, reflections on the President’s June memo regarding icebreakers, and what kind of input the Coast Guard needs from commercial players in the Arctic region.
  5. Adding and amplifying Alaskan voices in Arctic policy making.   
  6. Expansion of formal US relations with Greenland; what can be done to promote more cooperation with our neighbors in Russia, Canada, Greenland, Iceland.

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.

Date:
September 30th
Time:
8am-1pm
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

The Arctic Council

Wednesday, September 30

8am-9am

Online

Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

Learn about the Arctic Council, its role, processes, and future during this session. 

Speakers:

  • Mike Sfraga, Director – Polar Institute at The Wilson Center
  • Ambassador David Balton, Senior Fellow – Polar Institute at The Wilson Center
  • Gail Schubert, President and CEO – Bering Strait Native Corporation
  • Liza Mack, Aleut International Association

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:
September 30th
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Oil  –  Seafood  –  Visitors:
Three of Alaska’s Major Economic Sectors
in the Time of COVID

Wednesday, September 30th

Noon-1pm

Online

Alaska’s economy continues to weather the challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. How are the oil, seafood, and visitor industries facing these challenges? What impacts has the pandemic had? How are these industries pivoting toward the future? Commonwealth North hosts the leaders of these industries’ trade associations to share their reflections and outlooks for their respective industry.

Speakers:

  • Kara Moriarty, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
  • Chris Barrows, Pacific Seafood Processors Association
  • Sarah Leonard, Alaska Travel Industry Association

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.