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Conferences in the 1990s

1999 – Looking Back — “Looking Ahead: The Economic and Social Conditions of the Pacific Northwest”

Boise, Idaho

Chair: Michael H. Ferguson, Chief Economist – Idaho

Featured Speakers:
  • Kurt Karl
    WEFA, Inc.
  • Patty Gwartney
    Oregon Survey Research Laboratory
  • Joseph Taylor
    Iowa State University
  • Vernon Henderson
    Brown University
  • Gene Epstein
  • Ted Strong
    Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
1998 – “Conflict and Collaboration: how Government, Business, and Academia shape the Pacific Northwest Economy”
Olympia, Washington

Chair: Lorrie Jo Brown, Washington Department of Revenue

Featured Speakers:
  • Conference introduction by Gary Locke
    Washington State Governor
  • John Donahue
    Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Hugh Knox
    Associate Director for Regional Economics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Jack Triplett
    Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • David Wyss
    Research Director & Chief Financial Economist, DRI
1997 – “Regions in Transition”
Spokane, Washington

Featured Speakers:
  • Calvin L. Beale
    Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Roger E. Brinner
  • Jerry L. Jordan
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Jack Ward Thomas
    University of Montana
1996 – “The Pacific Northwest — Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects”
Portland, Oregon

Featured Speakers:
  • John Kain
    Harvard University
  • Paul Getman
    Regional Financial Associates
  • Alice Rivlin
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Phil Burgess
    Center for the New West
  • Governor Cecil Andrus
    Former Governor of Idaho
1995 – “Public Lands and Public Policies in the New West”
Missoula, Montana

Featured Speakers:
  • Bob Gannon
    Montana Power Company
  • Peter Jaquette
    The WEFA Group
  • Emory Castle
    Oregon State University
  • Roger Bull
    Pacific Northwest Economic Region
  • George Treyz
    Regional Economic Models, Inc.
1994 – “The Pacific Northwest Economy in a Competitive World”
Seattle, Washington

Featured Speakers:
  • Brian Motley
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Nancy Rutledge Connery
    World Bank
  • David E. Raphael
    Marcar Management Institute
1993 – “Pacific Northwest Economy and the Environment”
Kennewick, Washington

Featured Speakers:
  • Robert Parry
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Ernie Stokes
    WEFA – Canada, Toronto
  • Salah El Serafy
    World Bank
  • Pierre Crosson
    Resources for the Future
  • John Warren
    Research Triangle Institute
1992 – “Public Policy and Competitiveness”
Victoria, British Columbia

Featured Speakers:
  • Kenneth S. Courtis
    Deutsche Bank Capital Markets
  • John F. Helliwell
    Harvard University and University of British Columbia
  • F.L.C. Reed
    University of British Columbia
  • Donald A. Calder
    Business Planning/British Columbia Telephone Company
1991 - “The Pacific Northwest: 25 Years Retrospective and Prospective”
Portland, Oregon

Featured Speakers:
  • Alice Rivlin
    The Brookings Institution
  • Jack Triplett
    Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Nariman Behravesh
    Oxford Economics
  • John Meyer
    Harvard University
  • Mancur Olson
    University of Maryland
  • Charles Leven
    Washington University
  • Werner Z. Hirsch
    University of California – Los Angeles
  • W. Lee Hoskins
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
1990 – “Economic Integration in the 1990s: Issues for the Pacific Northwest”
Bellingham, Washington

Featured Speakers:
  • Jack Beebe
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • William H. Cavitt
    Office of Canada/U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Donald Lorentz
    Washington State Dept. of Trade and Economic Development
  • William Schaffer
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Donald Ratajczak
    Georgia State University


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.


Training Session Added to PNREC 2019

We are pleased to announce that at PNREC 2019 we will be offering a series of training sessions at no additional cost to conference participants on May 21st ($75 cost for attendees who do not register for PNREC.


2019 Preliminary Program Now Available

The preliminary program for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) is now available! We are expecting more than 70 speakers with a diverse set of presentations organized around numerous topics relevant to the Pacific Northwest. Session titles include:
  • Housing and Homelessness in the Northwest: Policy Options and Evaluation
  • Coastal Workforce Challenges
  • Applications of Economic Impact Analysis in the Pacific Northwest
  • Modeling a Shifting Economy in the Pacific Northwest
  • Economic Impacts of Alcohol, Cannabis and Substance Abuse
  • Natural Resource Valuation
  • Residential and Commercial Buildings: Measuring Financial and Environmental Performance
  • Energy Storage Valuation and Analytics: Lessons, Methods and Models Resulting from Recent Experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Applied Methodologies in Ecological Economics
  • Pacific Northwest Tax Policy Issues
  • Economics of Morality: Economic Impacts of Illicit Crime and Social Responsibility in Consumer Behavior
  • Economy and Industry Performance Measures
  • Minimum Wage Policies and Income Trends in the Pacific Northwest
  • Economic Opportunity and Poverty in the Pacific Northwest
  • Building and Preserving Rural Economies
As always, the conference will wrap up with the Regional Outlook where economists from states throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada present economic forecasts. This year, we expect state and provincial forecasts to be presented for Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming,

> 2019 PROGRAM

2019 Call for Papers / Abstracts

The deadline for panel / paper / poster submission has been extended from February 22 to Friday, March 8, 2019. A preliminary program will be announced no later than Friday, March 22, 2019.



Join us in Seaside, Oregon from May 21 to 23, 2019 for what promises to be a compelling line-up of speakers, panels, paper presentations, and poster sessions on the outlook, challenges, and opportunities across sectors, cities, and towns in the Pacific Northwest. PNREC 2019 will convene at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. A range of hotel and other lodging options will be available at special conference rates, with links to registration information posted here later in 2018.

FINAL 2018 Program Now Available

The final program for PNREC 2018 is now available. We hope to see you in Tacoma!


2018 Location Announced

The 52nd annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference will be held at Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma, May 22-24, 2018. The boutique hotel features a world-class art collection, including glass art from around the globe. Hotel Murano is situated in the city center, just a short walk from the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, and the Washington State History Museum, and only 10 minutes to the LeMay Car Museum by light rail. Tacoma boasts a vibrant and walkable downtown, with no shortage of restaurants, culture and history. Come join us! More information at

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