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Conferences in the 2000s

2009 – “Recession and Recovery: Current Impacts and Future Opportunities for the Pacific Northwest”

Vancouver, Washington

Chair: Scott Bailey, Washington Employment Security Department

Featured Speakers:
  • David Wyss
    Chief Economist, Standard & Poor’s, New York
  • Yves Smith
    Aurora Advisers
  • Bill Beyers
    University of Washington
  • Bob Baugh
2008 – “Innovation in the Northwest”
Tacoma, Washington

Chair: Paul Sommers, Seattle University

Featured Speakers:
  • Nigel Gault
    Global Insight
  • Heike Mayer
    Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
  • Maryann Feldman
    Professor, University of North Carolina
2007 – “Technology and Science in Regional Economic Development”
Richland, Washington

Chair: Michael J. Scott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Featured Speakers:
  • Angelos Angelou
    Founder and CEO, Angelou Economics, Austin, Texas
  • David Wyss
    Chief Economist, Standard & Poor’s, New York
  • Paul Peterson
    Professor, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
2006 – “Economic and Policy Issues on the Pacific Northwest’s Horizon”
Portland, Oregon

Chair: Tom Potiowsky, State of Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Featured Speakers:
  • Paul R. Krugman
    Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Anthony Downs
    Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy, The Brookings Institution
  • Nigel Gault
    Director, US Macroeconomic Service, Global Insight, Inc.
2005 – “New Economic Horizons”
Bellingham, Washington

Chair: Hart Hodges, Western Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • David Wyss
    Chief Economist, Standard & Poor’s
  • Mark Drabenstott
    Director, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Irving Mintzer
    Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Change, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Roger Bolton
    William Brough Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Williams College
2004 – “New Formulas and Partnerships Emerging”
Tacoma, Washington

Chair: Riley Moore, Saint Martin’s College

Featured Speakers:
  • Benjii Bittle
    Arts Administrator, Economic Development Department, City of Tacoma
  • Josh Farley
    Assistant Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics, Associate Professor, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, U. of Vermont
  • William H. Gates, Sr.
    Founding partner, Preston Gates & Ellis Chair, 2002 Washington State Tax Structure Study Committee
  • Geoffrey J.D. Hewings
    Professor, Departments of Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning Director, Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois
  • Ron Irvine
    Owner, Vashon Winery
  • Desmond O’Rourke
    Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, Washington State


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: