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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


PNREC 2023 features four keynote speakers, 17 panel sessions, and the regional economic outlook session.


Walla Walla regional economy bus tour

Would you like to learn more about the regional economy in Walla Walla? This year, we are pleased to offer an optional regional economy bus tour on May 8. The tour features a catered lunch at Pepper Bridge Winery, a guided tour of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Chinook Hatchery, and a guided tour of College Cellars of Walla Walla. It is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn more about the region during a beautiful time of the year!

The bus departs from the Marcus Whitman Hotel at 11:00am and returns at 5:30pm.

Secure your seat when registering for the conference. If you’ve already registered, or wish to buy a ticket for a friend, no problem! We have a “bus tour only” option open as well. The cost per person is $125. Participants must be 21 or older.

Register at

2023 PNREC Keynote Speakers Announced: