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Conferences in the 2010s

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
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


2019 Call for Papers / Abstracts

The deadline for panel / paper / poster submission is Friday, February 22, 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

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