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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


2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference Cancelled

After careful consideration, the Board of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) has chosen to cancel PNREC 2020, May 18-20 in Walla Walla, due to coronavirus concerns.

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