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Board of Directors

The PNREC Board of Directors is comprised of economists and regional analysts from the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. They represent a cross section of professionals from academia, business, government, and consulting organizations in both countries.

Mr. Chris Lawless, President, BC Investment Management Corporation
Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Vice President, Washington State Employment Security Department
Mr. Nick Beleiciks, Secretary, Oregon Employment Department
Dr. Terry Morlan, Treasurer, Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Retired)

Mr. Scott Bailey, Washington Employment Security Department
Mr. Patrick Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Patrick Barkey, University of Montana
Dr. C. Scott Benson, Department of Economics, Idaho State University
Dr. William Beyers, University of Washington
Dr. Andrew Cassey, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University
Dr. Roger Coupal, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming
Ms. Carol Frketich, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Dr. Hart Hodges, Center for Economic and Business Research, Western Washington University
Mr. Massoud Jourabchi, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Dr. Steve Lerch, Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, State of Washington
Ms. Becky Knudson, Oregon Department of Transportation
Mr. Mark McMullen, Office of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon
Dr. Tom Potiowsky, Department of Economics, Portland State University
Dr. Gary W. Smith, Pacific NW Regional Economic Analysis Project
Dr. Phil Watson, University of Idaho

Board of Directors’ Materials (Board access only)


Call for Abstract          > SUBMIT ABSTRACT

The 54th annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference is seeking proposals for papers/presentations/panels that address topics such as those listed below (presenters can propose other topics not listed here):
  • Agricultural diversification - food, wine, whisky, methanol...
  • Impact of artificial intelligence on agriculture & resource industries
  • Housing affordability and homelessness: big metros, little metros and rural
  • Income inequality
  • Impact of recent trade policy on the Pacific Northwest
  • Transportation & logistics - moving goods and people
  • Public policy - constraints/opportunities for growth & diversification
  • Impact of climate change on the region's economy & industries
Titles and abstracts (400 words or less) should be emailed to In addition, we are pleased to offer a poster session. If you wish to present a poster, please clearly indicate so on your submission. Deadline for submission is Monday, February 17th.

PNREC 2020 will be in Walla Walla, WA

Come join us in Walla Walla. Compare notes with your colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest as we explore how our local and regional economies have transformed over time. Sip a glass of locally-produced wine as we consider how these changes may lead to resilience or vulnerability in the next downturn. This year's lineup promises a compelling program of speakers, paper sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities with other economists and related professionals from the Pacific Northwest.

2019 Final Program

The final program for PNREC 2019 has been issued and be accessed below. It's an exciting slate of speakers covering a broad set of economic issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. We hope to see you in Seaside May 21-23.


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