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Past PNREC Conferences

Conferences in the 2010s

2019 - "Pacific Northwest Economic Drivers: Changing Tides or Smooth Sailing?"

Seaside, Oregon

Chair - Nick Beleiciks

Featured Speakers:
  • 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)
2018 - "Pacific Northwest Economic Drivers: Forces Reshaping the Region’s Economy Event Program"
Tacoma, Washington

Chair - Ms. Anneliese Vance-Sherman

Featured Speakers:
  • 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
2017 - "Regions in Transition"
Bend, Oregon

Chair - Patrick Balducci, PNREC President

Featured Speakers:
  • 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
2016 - "50 years of economic transformation in the Pacific NW"
Vancouver, Washington

Chair - Scott Bailey, Washington State Employment Security Department

Featured Speakers:
  • Ed Glaeser, Harvard University
  • Greg Daco, Oxford Economics
  • John Mitchell, US Bank
  • Tim Leavitt, Mayor of Vancouver, Washington
2015 - "Challenges and Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest"
Bellingham, Washington

Chairs: Hart Hodges and James McCafferty, Western Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • Duncan Meldrum, Hilltop Economics
  • Tim Wojan, U. S. Department of Agriculture
  • Ashby Monk, Stanford University
  • Peter MacConnachie, Suncor Energy
  • Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
2014 - "Managing Risk and Building for the Future in an Era of Uncertainty"
Portland, Oregon

Chairs: Tom Potiowsky, Portland State University and Paul Storer, Western Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • David Wyss, Brown University
  • Michael L. Wilson, Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
  • Elliot Mainzer, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Dick Conway, Conway and Associates


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: