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Program Overview

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Submission Instructions

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PNREC Partners

We would like to express our appreciation for the partners who provided financial support for PNREC in 2013 and in previous years:

Gold-level Partners: Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Silver-level Partners:

Consulate General of Canada - Seattle


NW Natural

Washington State Employees Credit Union

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Past Conference Archives

Click here for the complete PNREC 2013 program.

Click here for an HTML overview of the PNREC 2013 program with links to many presentations.

Click here for the Seattle 2012 program.

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Click here for the Victoria 2011 program.

PNREC 2014 will be in Portland on May 7-9

Portland SkylinePNREC 2014 will be held in Portland on May 7 – 9 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The Conference Chair is Professor Tom Potiowsky of Portland State University.

The 2014 conference theme is Managing Risk and Building for the Future in an Era of Uncertainty. We invite submissions on topics of relevance to the regional economy. Click here for paper or panel submission instructions.

PROGRAM OVERVIEWClick here for an overview of the conference program.
CONFERENCE SITEPortland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, OR. Click here to reserve your accommodation at the $149 conference rate (reserve before April 25).
PLENARY SPEAKERS Confirmed speakers currently include:

-Columbia River Treaty Opening Panel, Kathy Eichenberger, (British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines), Tom Karier, (Northwest Power and Conservation Council), and Paul Lumley, (Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission).
- National Outlook, David Wyss, Brown University.

- Friday Breakfast Plenary, Mike Wilson, President and CEO, Seattle Federal Home Loan Bank.
- The annual State and Provincial Outlook Session featuring eight well-known regional economists.
- Lunch Speaker, Elliot Mainzer, CEO and Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration.
- Tiebout Lecture, Dick Conway, Dick Conway & Associates.

FEDERAL RESERVE UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM We are organizing a University Symposium at the conference, to be conducted by the Economic Outreach team of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The Symposium will include a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting simulation where students will take on the role of FOMC members to make monetary policy decisions.
CONCURRENT SESSIONSThe 2014 PNREC will include a number of breakout sessions on topics related to the regional economy. Members of the business, government, and academic communities are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, or themed paper sessions. Topics of interest for concurrent sessions include:

• Energy security, carbon and the environment
• The Columbia River Treaty
• Health care in America in the post Affordable Care Act era
• The economic effects of the aging US population
• Economic insecurity and the social safety net
• Managing transportation programs in an era of constrained budgets
• The local effects of global climate change policy
• Regulatory uncertainty and idle capital
• The rising cost of inequality
• Rising debt and retirement costs for public institutions
• Unemployment and economic recovery
• Creation of a new (legal) industry, Marijuana legalization in Washington State
• Economic and social impacts of liquor privatization
• US manufacturing renaissance
• Other topics as proposed by conference participants

To propose a session or submit a paper, contact the conference co-chairs by email at:

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