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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
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


Final Program

The final program for PNREC 2019 has been issued and be accessed below. It's an exciting slate of speakers covering a broad set of economic issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. We hope to see you in Seaside May 21-23.


Training Session Added to PNREC 2019

We are pleased to announce that at PNREC 2019 we will be offering a series of training sessions at no additional cost to conference participants on May 21st ($75 cost for attendees who do not register for PNREC.


2019 Preliminary Program Now Available

The preliminary program for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) is now available! We are expecting more than 70 speakers with a diverse set of presentations organized around numerous topics relevant to the Pacific Northwest. Session titles include:
  • Housing and Homelessness in the Northwest: Policy Options and Evaluation
  • Coastal Workforce Challenges
  • Applications of Economic Impact Analysis in the Pacific Northwest
  • Modeling a Shifting Economy in the Pacific Northwest
  • Economic Impacts of Alcohol, Cannabis and Substance Abuse
  • Natural Resource Valuation
  • Residential and Commercial Buildings: Measuring Financial and Environmental Performance
  • Energy Storage Valuation and Analytics: Lessons, Methods and Models Resulting from Recent Experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Applied Methodologies in Ecological Economics
  • Pacific Northwest Tax Policy Issues
  • Economics of Morality: Economic Impacts of Illicit Crime and Social Responsibility in Consumer Behavior
  • Economy and Industry Performance Measures
  • Minimum Wage Policies and Income Trends in the Pacific Northwest
  • Economic Opportunity and Poverty in the Pacific Northwest
  • Building and Preserving Rural Economies
As always, the conference will wrap up with the Regional Outlook where economists from states throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada present economic forecasts. This year, we expect state and provincial forecasts to be presented for Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming,

> 2019 PROGRAM

2019 Call for Papers / Abstracts

The deadline for panel / paper / poster submission has been extended from February 22 to Friday, March 8, 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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