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PNREC 2015 will be in Bellingham



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

The 2015 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) will be held in Bellingham, WA on April 23 – 24. The Conference Chair is Professor Hart Hodges of Western Washington University.

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

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

- Energy Speaker, Peter MacConnachie, Suncor Energy.

- Tiebout Lecture, Jean-Claude Thill, UNC-Charlotte.

- The annual State and Provincial Outlook Session featuring well-known regional economists.

- Other Plenary Speakers.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS:The 2015 PNREC will include 16-20 breakout sessions on topics related to the regional economy. You are invited to attend the conference and to submit proposals for papers, panels, or themed paper sessions.

PNREC welcomes all submissions related to the regional economy. Topics of interest for concurrent sessions might include:

• technology, demographics and economic development
• the economic implications of defining a Salish Sea region
• ​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