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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!

> DOWNLOAD FINAL PROGRAM

2018 Call for Papers / Abstracts

The deadline for panel / paper / poster submission is Thursday February 22, 2018. A preliminary program will be announced no later than Thursday March 22, 2018.

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/




PNREC 2019 will be in Seaside, OR, May 21-23, 2019, Seaside Civic and Convention Center

Changing tides or smooth sailing?

Through most of 2018, the U.S. economy and global markets marched upwards, despite looming signs of potential trade wars and other conflicts between long-time allies. With interest rates rising, the yield curve flattening, and other late-cycle signals on the horizon, will the Pacific Northwest's strengths and growing diversity help steer it through the changing tides or are there rough seas ahead?

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.

Seaside is a small resort community in northwest Oregon. Travelers to Seaside enjoy its walkable downtown, which fringes a prime expanse of wide beach, and its attractions and restaurants on Broadway Street. Seaside is home to the Seaside Aquarium and its touch tanks and seal exhibit, a 1.5-mile promenade, classic arcades that include fun rides and bumper cars, pedal boats on the Necanicum River, and several nearby golf courses, hiking and biking trails, and nature parks.

We hope to see you in beautiful Seaside!


We are pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference:

Dr. Enrico Moretti Dr. Enrico Moretti will deliver the Tiebout Lecture this year. Dr. Moretti is the Michael Peevy and Donald Vial Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published extensively in top economics journals and is the recipient of several international awards, including a Fulbright fellowship and the Society of Labor Economists Rosen Award. He is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a consultant for the World Bank. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and CNN, among others. His book "The New Geography of Jobs" has been defined by Forbes as "the most important economic book of the year".


Dr. Liz Laderman Dr. Liz Laderman will provide the National Outlook. Dr. Laderman is a Senior Outreach Economist in the Economic Education and Outreach Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She speaks to outreach audiences on current economic conditions, the economic outlook, and monetary policy. Dr. Laderman also does research on household finance, small and new business finance, and small and new business formation and employment. She has published over 50 research papers and articles. Liz has a B.A. in mathematics from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Matthew Gardner Matthew Gardner will participate in a general session panel focused on current and future trends in the housing market. As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

McAndrew Burns McAndrew Burns will provide a historical perspective on John Astor, the Oregon Fur Trade, and the formation of communities along the Northern Oregon Coast. Mr. Burns has been the Executive Director of the Clatsop County Historical Society since 2003. Prior to this, he served in the same capacity at the Ethan Allen Homestead & Museum in Vermont and the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. He has a Master’s Degree in Public History from Wichita State University. The Clatsop County Historical Society operates four museums: the Captain George Flavel House, the Heritage Museum, Uppertown Firefighter's Museum, and the Oregon Film Museum.


Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr. Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr. currently serves as the Mayor of Seaside, Oregon. He will be welcoming participants to the 2019 PNREC, and will be sharing some insights about Seaside and the North Oregon Coast. Dr. Barber is President Emeritus of Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, after retiring following a twelve year stint as president. Prior to returning to the College as president in 1996 he served as the Director of the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, overseeing fund raising programs for the Foundation, the largest university foundation in Oregon, including its three schools and a number of research programs. Active in the community, Dr. Barber served as a director for 15 years and 2 years as chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, a relief and disaster organization based in Portland. In addition, he served as chair of the Responder Life Board of Directors, a Portland based not-for-profit serving the needs of first responders and their families. In 2008 Barber was appointed the first Senior Fellow with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Vancouver, WA. Dr. Barber was elected to the Seaside City Council and was appointed to fill out the unexpired term as Mayor of Seaside upon the death of long-time Mayor Don Larson. He was recently elected for a full 4-year term as Seaside's mayor.

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. REMI will present an overview of its model and will demonstrate its use in evaluating the economic effects of shifts in the housing market and U.S. trade policies. Bios for REMI speakers are presented below. More training sessions will be announced soon!

Chris Judson Chris Judson is a Managing Economic Associate at REMI. Mr. Judson, who joined REMI in 2011, specializes in transportation, energy, and the environment. Since arriving at REMI, Mr. Judson has consulted for a number of clients on topics including medical research, labor force economics, and natural disasters. He provides client support in selecting inputs, conducting simulations, and analyzing results, and he creates and hosts public online seminars and training presentations on a variety of modeling topics. He holds a B.A. in economics from Western New England University, with a concentration in business.

Cameron Luther Cameron Luther is an Economic Associate at REMI, responsible for client support and business development. Mr. Luther joined the REMI team in June, and is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. While studying at Ohio State, Mr. Luther was heavily involved in Columbus' Smart Cities program. He served as a liaison between Columbus and OSU, assisting the city with academic expertise. He was also a founder of Smart Campus, a student group dedicated to applying novel technology to campus problems. As a result, he is interested in using REMI’s many products, such as TranSight, to model the complex effects of smarter cities and other economic issues related to the regional economy. While at Ohio State, Mr. Luther also conducted research, investigating neuroeconomic explanations for recent findings in behavioral economics. Mr. Luther graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a concentration in Statistics.

Kyle Compton Kyle Compton is an Economic Associate at REMI, responsible for client support and business development. Since joining REMI in May 2017, Mr. Compton has tested and reported on the company's dynamic economic modeling software. He also assisted in sales and marketing through data analysis and development of a regular benchmarking system. Prior to starting at REMI, Mr. Compton was a research intern/consultant for Verité, a nonprofit organization that conducts research, advocacy and consulting on global working conditions. He presented original research on panel-regression analysis of the causes of forced labor and researched labor profiles of emerging economies. Building on his work for Veritè, he earned the James Kindahl Award in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for his paper, "Determinants of Forced Labor: Evidence from 21 Emerging Economies." Mr. Compton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UMass Amherst.


PNREC 2019 Conference Committee Contacts:

Nick Beleiciks
(Conference Chair)

Oregon Deployment Department
Tel: (503) 947-1267
nick.j.beleiciks@oregon.gov
Patrick Balducci
(Program Chair)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tel: (503) 417-7540
Cell: (503) 679-7316
patrick.baluducci@pnnl.gov
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