Conferences in the 2010s
2017 - "Regions in Transition"
Chair - Patrick Balducci, PNREC President
- 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"
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
2013 - "Regional Competitiveness in the Global Economy"
- David Wyss
- Michael L. Wilson
Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
- Elliot Mainzer
Bonneville Power Administration
- Dick Conway
Conway and Associates
Chairs: David Bunting and Kelley Cullen, Eastern Washington University
2012 - "The New Northwest Economy: Leaner, Meaner, Greener?"
- Geoffrey Paulin
Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Patrick Newport
IHS Global Insight
- Joel Kotkin
- Peter Hall
Export Development Canada
- David Allen Plane
University of Arizona
Chairs: Bill Beyers, University of Washington and Lorrie Brown, Washington OFM
2011 - "Green and Global in the Garden City"
- Ron Jarmin, Shawn Klimek, and Brian Holly
U.S. Census Bureau
- David Altig
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Simon Kennedy
- Mark Partridge
Ohio State University
- Peter B. Nelson
Victoria, British Columbia
Chairs: Carol Frketich, CMHC, and Chris Lawless, BCIMC
2010 - "Opportunities and Challenges in the Pacific Northwest Hinterlands"
- Douglas Porter
BMO Capital Markets
- Yves Smith
- Andre Plourde
University of Alberta
- Dean Fortin
Mayor, City of Victoria
- James Boutilier
- Tom Hutton
University of British Coumbia
Chairs: Patrick Barkey and Jim Sylvester, University of Montana
- Nigel Gault
- 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 http://www.traveltacoma.com/regions/tacoma/
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!
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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 www.riverhouse.com/rooms.
PNREC Has a New Website
After a recent rebranding effort, the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference (PNREC) has launched a new website at www.pnrec.org. 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.