PNREC 2015 Presentations

Click here for links to all PNREC 2015 plenary presentations and to almost all breakout session presentations.

PDF of Full 2015 Program

Click here for the PDF version of the full PNREC 2015 program.

PNREC Partners

We would like to express our appreciation for the partners who provided financial support for PNREC in 2015:

Gold-level Partners:

Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Silver-level Partners:

Consulate General of Canada - Seattle

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Thank you for participating in PNREC 2015!


Sailboat_BakerThank you for participating in the 2015 PNREC Conference. Congratulations to Conference co-chairs Hart Hodges and James McCafferty!

The 2016 PNREC will be held in Vancouver, Washington in May 2016.

PNREC brings together members of the business, government, and academic communities to explore major economic trends and issues in the Pacific Northwest.

CONFERENCE DATES:April 23-24, 2015
CONFERENCE THEME:“Challenges and Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest”
CONFERENCE SITE:Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn, Bellingham, WA.
PLENARY SPEAKERS: Plenary sessions feature prominent experts as individual speakers or panel members. Sessions include:

- National Outlook Speaker, Duncan Meldrum, Hilltop Economics LLC.

- Thursday Lunch Speaker, Tim Wojan, Economic Research Service, USDA.

- Financial Market Speaker, Ashby Monk, Stanford University and Oxford University.

- Energy Speaker, Peter MacConnachie, Suncor Energy.

- Tiebout Lecture, Jean-Claude Thill, UNC-Charlotte. The title for the Tiebout lecture will be “Urban Variety Across Space and Through Time: A Study of Urban Community Quality of Life”.

- The annual State, Province, and Territory Outlook Session, featuring well-known regional economists .

CONCURRENT SESSIONS:The 2015 PNREC includes 17 breakout sessions on topics related to the regional economy. The PDF version of the program describes these sessions in detail.

Themes for breakout sessions include:

• labor markets
• ​energy, carbon and the environment
• transportation and export of energy resources
• water resources
• income inequality
• regional economic growth
• transportation infrastructure and constrained public budgets
• student research projects