Conferences in the 2010s
2019 - "Pacific Northwest Economic Drivers: Changing Tides or Smooth Sailing?"
Chair - Nick Beleiciks
2018 - "Pacific Northwest Economic Drivers: Forces Reshaping the Region’s Economy
- Heidi Crawford and Andrew Hait, U.S. Census Bureau
- Cliff Woodruff, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Cameron Luther (REMI), Aaron McGregor (AECOM), and
Marley Buchman (EcoNW)
Chair - Ms. Anneliese Vance-Sherman
2017 - "Regions in Transition"
- Dr. Arun Raha,
Vice President and Chief Economist for Eaton, National Economic Outlook
- Dr. Dan Rickman,
Regents Professor of Economics at Oklahoma State University, Natural Amenities, the Energy Boom and Economic Growth in the US Continental Northwest
- Jacob Vigdor,
the Daniel J. Evans Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, Seattle Minimum Wage Research
- Michael Reich, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED) at the University of California, Berkeley
Chair - Patrick Balducci, PNREC President
2016 - "50 years of economic transformation in the Pacific NW"
- Dr. Svenja Gudell,
Chief Economist at Zillow
- Dr. Sandy Dall'Erba,
Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Associate Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Mark McMullen,
State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon
Chair - Scott Bailey, Washington State Employment Security Department
2015 - "Challenges and Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest"
- Ed Glaeser,
- Greg Daco,
- John Mitchell,
- Tim Leavitt,
Mayor of Vancouver, Washington
Chairs: Hart Hodges and James McCafferty, Western Washington University
2014 - "Managing Risk and Building for the Future in an Era of Uncertainty"
- Duncan Meldrum,
- Tim Wojan,
U. S. Department of Agriculture
- Ashby Monk,
- Peter MacConnachie,
- Jean-Claude Thill,
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Chairs: Tom Potiowsky, Portland State University and Paul Storer, Western Washington University
- David Wyss,
- Michael L. Wilson,
Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
- Elliot Mainzer,
Bonneville Power Administration
- Dick Conway,
Conway and Associates
2023 PNREC Program NOW AVAILABLE
PNREC 2023 features four keynote speakers, 17 panel sessions, and the regional economic outlook session.
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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 wwu.eventsair.com/pnrec-23/registration/Site/Register
2023 PNREC Keynote Speakers Announced: