A recent day-long event, the  Arctic Economic Development Forum, was hosted at the Wilson Center with participants exploring a range of issues related to increasing activity in the polar region. We spoke to one of the key players, Arctic Economic Council Chair, Tara Sweeney, to learn more about efforts to advance regional development. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Tara Sweeney is Executive Vice President of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the largest locally-owned business in Alaska. She is also the chair of Arctic Economic Council and represents the Iñuit Circumpolar Council. Sweeney serves on the board of the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees, and many other organizations. She received a BS from Cornell University.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.