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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 will be in Bend, Oregon

Bend is known as the “outdoor playground of the West” due to its pristine beauty and many recreational opportunities that include river rafting on the Deschutes River, hiking at one of the many local state and national parks, or skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Bend boasts a vibrant downtown with over 325 diverse business that include art galleries, boutiques and many restaurants. Home of the Ale Trail, Bend is also known for its abundance of nationally renowned wineries and breweries. For more information, view the Visit Bend website at www.visitbend.com.

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.

Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist at Zillow, Confirmed as Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Svenja Gudell has agreed to present at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference (PNREC) in Bend, Oregon. In her role as Chief Economist, Dr. Gudell leads a team that produces monthly reports on housing trends for more than 450 metro areas nationwide and publishes research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity and forecasting, to policy, generational and mortgage research.

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis for the State of Oregon will Deliver the National Outlook at the 2017 PNREC

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon will deliver the National Outlook Presentation at the 2017 PNREC in Bend, Oregon. Mr. McMullen serves as the State Economist and director of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The office provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, tax revenue and population to advance the goals of the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, and the public. Prior to joining OEA in the fall of 2010, Mark served as Director of Consulting at Moody’s Analytics, and was a researcher with the Congressional Budget Office.




PNREC 2017 will be in Bend, OR
May 23-25, 2017
Riverhouse Hotel, 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.

The final program is now available! We are expecting more than 80 speakers with a diverse set of presentations organized around numerous topics relevant to the Pacific Northwest, including:
  • Performance and Change in the Regional Economy
  • Economics of Education and Health
  • Recreation and Wildfire Land Rehabilitation
  • Migration and Indigenous Economies
  • Regional Economic Performance: Data & Methods
  • Economics of Wildfire Management
  • Transportation Issues
  • Trade Data and Transportation Networks
  • Water and Common Pool Resources
  • Rural Oregon Labor Markets: Resilient, Rebound, or Recession?
  • Global to Local: Washington State University Extension's Role in Economic Development
  • Water and Energy
  • Beer and Wine Industries in the Pacific Northwest
  • Forestry Issues
  • Agricultural Micro-Businesses as Regional Economic Development
  • Future of the Electric System in the Northwest
  • Economics of Cannabis in the Pacific Northwest
  • Internet Job Searching and Behavior Economics
  • Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development: Bend, Oregon and Related Communities
  • Climate Change and Grid Decarbonization
These panels include some of the region's top economists. Here is a partial list of the speakers confirmed for PNREC 2017 panels.

Patrick Balducci
Chief Economist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Patrick Barkey
Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research
University of Montana

Dr. Jude Bayham
Assistant Professor
California State University, Chico

Nick Beleiciks
State Employment Economist
Oregon Employment Department

Dr. William Beyers
Professor Emeritus
University of Washington

Christy Brekken, J.D.
Instructor and Research Associate
Oregon State University

Dr. Mark Buckley
Project Director / Partner
EcoNorthwest

Dr. Andrew Cassey
Associate Professor
Washington State University

Dr. Roger Coupal
Department Head, Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Wyoming

Dr. Anca Cristea
Associate Professor
University of Oregon

Dr. Hart Hodges
Director, Center for Economics and Business
Western Washington University

Massoud Jourabchi
Manager of Economic Analysis
Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Dr. Kreg Lindberg
Associate Professor, Tourism and Outdoor Leadership
Oregon State University

Dr. Mallory Rahe
Community Economist and Instructor
Oregon State University

Dr. Don Reimer
President
D.R. Systems Group

Dr. Jeremy Sage
Associate Director, Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
University of Montana

Dr. Gary Smith
Director
Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Analysis Project

Dr. Matthew Thompson
Research Forester
U.S. Forest Service

Dr. Bruce Weber
Director Rural Studies Program
Oregon State University

Dr. Phil Watson
Associate Professor
University of Idaho


In addition to the panels, we are pleased to announce the following keynote addresses:

Dr. Svenja Gudell Dr. Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist at Zillow. In her role as Chief Economist, she leads a team that produces monthly reports on housing trends for more than 450 metro areas nationwide and publishes research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity and forecasting, to policy, generational and mortgage research.

Dr. Sandy Dall’Erba

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. Dr. Dall’Erba’s research interests focus on regional science in general and economic growth, regional development policies, innovation and the economic impact of climate change in particular. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for several publications, including the Annals of Regional Science, American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, and Review of Regional Studies, and as a Board Member of the North American Regional Science Council and Western Regional Science Association.

Mark McMullen

Mark McMullen, State Economist and Director of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon. Mark McMullen serves as the State Economist and director of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The office provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, tax revenue and population to advance the goals of the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, and the public. Prior to joining OEA in the fall of 2010, Mark served as Director of Consulting at Moody’s Analytics, and was a researcher with the Congressional Budget Office.

Bend is known as the "outdoor playground of the West" due to its pristine beauty and many recreational opportunities that include river rafting on the Deschutes River, hiking at one of the many local state and national parks, or skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Bend boasts a vibrant downtown with over 325 diverse business that include art galleries, boutiques and many restaurants. Home of the Ale Trail, Bend is also known for its abundance of nationally renowned wineries and breweries. For more information, view the Visit Bend website at www.visitbend.com.

Bend is located at the junction of US Highway 97 and State Highway 20, a 3 ½ hour drive from Portland and a 2 ½ hour drive from Salem, OR. There is non-stop commercial air service between the Roberts Field Airport (RDM), which is located in nearby Redmond, and several major cities, including Seattle and Portland. From RDM, it is a 20-minute shuttle or taxi ride to the Riverhouse Hotel. Reduced fair shuttle rides will be available when pre-booked through the Riverhouse Hotel.

Register To register for the 2017 PNREC, please visit https://www.bber-secure.umt.edu/pnrec/.

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PNREC 2017 Conference Committee Contacts:

Patrick Balducci (Conference Chair)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tel: (503) 417-7540
Cell: (503) 679-7316
patrick.balducci@pnnl.gov
Andrew J Cassey (Program Chair)
School of Economics Sciences
Washington State University
Tel: 509 335 8334
cassey@wsu.edu
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