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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
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


2023 PNREC Keynote Speakers Announced:
Call for Abstracts
Please send your abstract submissions to Anneliese Vance-Sherman and Scott Bailey at by February 24, 2023.


Washington State University Vancouver is looking for a part-time faculty member who could teach ECON 101: Fundamentals of Microeconomics in Fall 2022 (Aug. 15-Dec. 20) on the Vancouver (WA) campus.

Required qualifications are having a master's or Ph.D. in economics. Please contact Yoshie Sano at if you are interested.

PNREC 2022:
Navigating COVID-19 and Climate Disruption in the Pacific Northwest
May 23-25, 2022

The final program for the 2022 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference has been posted. We look forward to seeing all our speakers in Hood River, OR May 23-25.


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