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Conferences in the 2010s

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
2013 - "Regional Competitiveness in the Global Economy"
Spokane, Washington

Chairs: David Bunting and Kelley Cullen, Eastern Washington University

Featured Speakers:
  • Geoffrey Paulin
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Patrick Newport
    IHS Global Insight
  • Joel Kotkin
    Chapman University
  • Peter Hall
    Export Development Canada
  • David Allen Plane
    University of Arizona
2012 - "The New Northwest Economy: Leaner, Meaner, Greener?"
Seattle, Washington

Chairs: Bill Beyers, University of Washington and Lorrie Brown, Washington OFM

Featured Speakers:
  • Ron Jarmin, Shawn Klimek, and Brian Holly
    U.S. Census Bureau
  • David Altig
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Simon Kennedy
    Industry Canada
  • Mark Partridge
    Ohio State University
  • Peter B. Nelson
    Middlebury College
2011 - "Green and Global in the Garden City"
Victoria, British Columbia

Chairs: Carol Frketich, CMHC, and Chris Lawless, BCIMC

Featured Speakers:
  • Douglas Porter
    BMO Capital Markets
  • Yves Smith
    Naked Capitalism
  • Andre Plourde
    University of Alberta
  • Dean Fortin
    Mayor, City of Victoria
  • James Boutilier
    Canadian Navy
  • Tom Hutton
    University of British Coumbia
2010 - "Opportunities and Challenges in the Pacific Northwest Hinterlands"
Missoula, Montana

Chairs: Patrick Barkey and Jim Sylvester, University of Montana

Featured Speakers:
  • Nigel Gault
    Global Insight
  • Mike Scott
    Battelle Pacific Northwest Division
  • Honorable John Engen
    Mayor, City of Missoula
  • John Cromartie
    Economic Research Service


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

Program Now Available

The final program for PNREC 2017 is now available. This exciting program includes more than 80 speakers comprised of some of the top economists in the region. We hope to see you in Bend!


PNREC 2017 at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon.

The 51st annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference will be held at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, Oregon, May 23-25, 2017. The newly remodeled Riverhouse Hotel is located on the banks of the Deschutes River less than 2 miles away from Bend’s historic downtown area. For more information, visit the Riverhouse Hotel’s webpage at

PNREC Has a New Website

After a recent rebranding effort, the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference (PNREC) has launched a new website at The new website features a new design and conference logo, an extensive archive of past conference materials/presentations and links to the PNREC Facebook page and twitter feed.

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