Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference Facebook
Join Our Mailing List
Home Page About PNREC Past Conferences Board of Directors Sponsors Contact Us
Past PNREC Conferences

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 University, Head and Founder, Belrose, Inc.
  • David Wyss
    Chief Economist, Standard & Poor’s
2003 – “Picking Up the Pieces: Challenges to Recovery and Growth in the Pacific Northwest”
Spokane, Washington

Chair: Tom Trulove, Eastern Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • Nariman Behravesh
    Chief Economist and Managing Director, Global Insights
  • Mark R. Drabenstott
    Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Director, Center for the Study of Rural America
  • Thomas Rice
    Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Health Services, UCLA
  • Jeffrey J. Schott
    Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics, Washington D.C.
2002 – “Challenges to Economic Security”
Portland, Oregon

Chair: Terry Morlan, Northwest Power Planning Council

Featured Speakers:
  • Alice M. Rivlin
    Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution
  • James K. Galbraith
    University of Texas
  • Dallas Burtraw
    Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Mark Zandi
    Chief Economist and co-founder of
2001 – “Knowledge, Resources and Public Policy for the New Regional Economy”
Victoria, British Columbia

Chair: D.C. Lawless, B.C. Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations

Featured Speakers:
  • Kenneth S. Courtis
    Goldman Sachs
  • John Lipsky
    J.P. Morgan
  • Don Drummond
    TD Bank Financial Group
  • Philip Resnick
    University of British Columbia
  • Peter Kuhn
    University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Peter H. Pearse
    University of British Columbia
2000 – “Beyond 2000: Regional, Border and Global Issues for the Pacific Northwest”
Bellingham, Washington

Chair: David E. Merrifield, Western Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • Honorable Roger Simmons, P.C.
    Consul General of Canada, Seattle
  • Alison Lynn Reaser
    Bank of America Asset Management Group
  • Dale Orr
    WEFA Inc.
  • Ann Markusen
    University of Minnesota
  • Gary Hufbauer
    Institute of International Economics, Washington D.C.


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

Copyright © Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference. All Rights Reserved. Website design and hosting provided by WolfPk. Legal Information | Contact Us