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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


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Washington State Employees Credit Union

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Past Conference Archives

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PNREC 2013 Program Overview

Our conference theme this year is “Regional Competitiveness in the Global Economy”.

Wednesday May 15, 2013

6 – 8 pm Welcome reception

Thursday May 16, 2013

7-8 am Registration and continental breakfast
8-10 am Plenary 1 (Opening) featuring
Geoffrey Paulin, (Bureau of Labor Statistics),
“Introducing the Consumer Expenditure Survey”.
10 -10:30 am Networking Break
10:30 -12 Four breakout sessions:
- Macroeconomic Impacts and Policies
- Regional Case Studies: Spokane’s Shifting Fortunes
- State and Local Analysis
- Agricultural Issues and Policies
12 – 1:30 Lunch, featuring Patrick Newport, IHS Global Insight,
“U.S. and Global Outlook”
1:30 – 3 Four breakout sessions:
- Regional Data from PNREAP and BEA
- Panel: What’s Ahead for Financial Markets?
- Energy and the Environment
- Trade and Export Policies
3 – 3:30 Networking Break
3:30 – 5 Four breakout sessions:
- Wages and Taxes
- Transportation and Commodity Freight Flows
- Health and Retirement
- Panel: Renewable Energy Economics and Policies

6 – 8 pm Reception

Friday May 17, 2013

7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
7:30 – 9 am Plenary III:
Joel Kotkin (Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, author, and Forbes Magazine contributor)
“How Regions Grow: A Perspective to 2050″.
9 – 9:30 am Networking Break
9 – noon San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Student Symposium
9:30 – 11 Three breakout sessions:
- Success, Movies, and Electric Vehicles
- Consumer Demand and Environmental Policies
- Income and Wealth Distribution
11 – 11:30 am Networking Break
11:30 – 11:45 Gus Mattersdorff Tribute
11:45 – 1 Lunch, featuring speaker Peter Hall (Export Development Canada), “Canadian Outlook”.
1 – 3 Pacific Northwest Regional Outlook Plenary Session
Featuring eight prominent regional economists.

3 – 3:30 Networking Break
3:30 – 5 pm Annual Charles M. Tiebout Lecture in honour of PNREC’s founder, featuring David Allen Plane (University of Arizona).
“People-Based Population Density and the Great Demographic Inversion”
5 pm Conference close