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PNREC 2017 will be in Bend, Oregon

Bend is known as the “outdoor playground of the West” due to its pristine beauty and many recreational opportunities that include river rafting on the Deschutes River, hiking at one of the many local state and national parks, or skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Bend boasts a vibrant downtown with over 325 diverse business that include art galleries, boutiques and many restaurants. Home of the Ale Trail, Bend is also known for its abundance of nationally renowned wineries and breweries. For more information, view the Visit Bend website at www.visitbend.com.

PNREC 2017 at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon.

The 51st annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference will be held at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon, May 23-25, 2017. The newly remodeled Riverhouse Hotel is located on the banks of the Deschutes River less than 2 miles away from Bend’s historic downtown area. For more information, visit the Riverhouse Hotel’s webpage at www.riverhouse.com/rooms.

PNREC Has a New Website

After a recent rebranding effort, the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference (PNREC) has launched a new website at www.pnrec.org. The new website features a new design and conference logo, an extensive archive of past conference materials/presentations and links to the PNREC Facebook page and twitter feed.

Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist at Zillow, Confirmed as Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Svenja Gudell has agreed to present at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference (PNREC) in Bend, Oregon. In her role as Chief Economist, Dr. Gudell leads a team that produces monthly reports on housing trends for more than 450 metro areas nationwide and publishes research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity and forecasting, to policy, generational and mortgage research.

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis for the State of Oregon will Deliver the National Outlook at the 2017 PNREC

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon will deliver the National Outlook Presentation at the 2017 PNREC in Bend, Oregon. Mr. McMullen serves as the State Economist and director of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The office provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, tax revenue and population to advance the goals of the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, and the public. Prior to joining OEA in the fall of 2010, Mark served as Director of Consulting at Moody’s Analytics, and was a researcher with the Congressional Budget Office.




PNREC 2017 will be in Bend, OR
May 23-25, 2017
Riverhouse Hotel, Bend, Oregon

The 51st annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference will be held at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon, May 23-25, 2017. The newly remodeled Riverhouse Hotel is located on the banks of the Deschutes River less than 2 miles away from Bend's historic downtown area.

The general theme of the conference is Regions in Transition, and will feature presentations, panels, and papers on a wide variety of topics. Some of the important issues we would like to address at the conference are:
  • National Resource and Environmental Policy: Implications for Regional Development
  • Grappling with Growth Management
  • Water and Energy Issues for the Future of the Pacific Northwest
  • Regional Modeling, Forecasting and Impact Analysis
  • Social and Demographic Dimensions of Regional Growth and Change
  • Health Care in Canada and the U.S.
  • Structural Change, Diversification and Local Development Strategies
  • Future of Service, High-Tech and Knowledge-Based Industries within Rural Areas
  • Implications of International Trade for Regional Employment and Economic Growth
  • Income Inequality and Efforts to Close the Wage Gap
  • Economic Impact of the Region’s Wine and Beer Industries
  • Urban Growth and Transportation Issues
  • Economic Effects of Tax Policies
  • Economics of Fire Management / Costs of Wildfires
Keynote speakers confirmed to date are:

Dr. Svenja Gudell Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist at Zillow. In her role as Chief Economist, she leads a team that produces monthly reports on housing trends for more than 450 metro areas nationwide and publishes research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity and forecasting, to policy, generational and mortgage research.

Mark McMullen

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon. Mark McMullen serves as the State Economist and director of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The office provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, tax revenue and population to advance the goals of the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, and the public. Prior to joining OEA in the fall of 2010, Mark served as Director of Consulting at Moody’s Analytics, and was a researcher with the Congressional Budget Office.

Bend is known as the “outdoor playground of the West” due to its pristine beauty and many recreational opportunities that include river rafting on the Deschutes River, hiking at one of the many local state and national parks, or skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Bend boasts a vibrant downtown with over 325 diverse business that include art galleries, boutiques and many restaurants. Home of the Ale Trail, Bend is also known for its abundance of nationally renowned wineries and breweries. For more information, view the Visit Bend website at www.visitbend.com.

Bend is located at the junction of US Highway 97 and State Highway 20, a 3 ½ hour drive from Portland and a 2 ½ hour drive from Salem, OR. There is non-stop commercial air service between the Roberts Field Airport (RDM), which is located in nearby Redmond, and several major cities, including Seattle and Portland. From RDM, it is a 20-minute shuttle or taxi ride to the Riverhouse Hotel. Reduced fair shuttle rides will be available when pre-booked through the Riverhouse Hotel.

Expect a first call for papers in December.

PNREC 2017 Conference Committee Contacts:

Patrick Balducci (Conference Chair)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tel: (503) 417-7540
Cell: (503) 679-7316
patrick.balducci@pnnl.gov

Andrew J Cassey (Program Chair)
School of Economics Sciences
Washington State University
Tel: 509 335 8334
cassey@wsu.edu
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