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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.


Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) 2023: Inflation, Inequality, Infrastructure, and Innovation

The next Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) will be held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, May 8-10, 2023.

PNREC 2023 will be in Walla Walla, WA. A visit to Walla Walla balances the pleasures of local culture, a quint downtown area, natural wonders with many opportunities for hikers and birdwatchers, and a region known as the capital of Washington's wine country. Visit McNary National Wildlife Refuge, which spans over 15,000 acres, to view many species of waterfowl and birds of prey. Take a scenic bike tour of Bennington Lake or the paved Mill Creek Trail. Visit one of the more than 120 wineries the Walla Walla Valley has to offer. Wineries and tasting rooms are spread across six districts in and around Walla Walla, each offering a unique experience. If you want to stay closer to the Marcus Whitman, you can explore a quaint downtown with a variety of merchants, tasting rooms, and restaurants. To learn more about Walla Walla, you can access the 2022 Visitor Guide here.

The PNREC 2023 registration site is now active!
→ Sign up today at to get the low early registration price!

To make room reservations, please book directly with the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Call 509-525-2200 and mention that you are with PNREC to secure the conference rate.

Marcus Whitman Hotel The historic Marcus Whitman Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Walla Walla near sidewalk cafes, shops, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. A treasured landmark that opened in 1928, the Marcus Whitman was fully renovated in 2001 and restored to its original grandeur, while adding modern updates to accommodate a luxurious travel experience. The full grounds include a 133-room hotel with luxury suites, a state-of-the art conference center featuring grand renaissance ballrooms, six on-site wine tasting rooms, and the award-winning The Marc Restaurant - recently named "Restaurant of the Year" by the Washington State Wine Commission - and The Vineyard Lounge.

We hope you will join us for PNREC 2023 in Walla Walla.

2023 PNREC Keynote Speakers Announced:

Dr. Rajeev Dhawan
Dr. Rajeev Dhawan (Georgia State University) will set the stage for this year’s conference with a forecast of the U.S. national economic situation. Dhawan is the director of one of the country’s premiere forecasting centers and develops forecasts for the U.S.

Bill Edmonds

Bill Edmonds (Northwest Power and Conservation Council) will discuss the current landscape of the power grid and the implications of decarbonization including cost, reliability, security and affordability.

Dr. Jennifer Sherman

Dr. Jennifer Sherman (Washington State University) will focus in on issues of rural poverty and inequality within the context of the Northwest. Sherman is the author of Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream (2021) and Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America (2009)

Dr. Gregg Colburn

Dr. Gregg Colburn (University of Washington) will untangle some of the questions around the complex issue of homelessness. Gregg Colburn is author of Homelessness is a Housing Problem (University of California Press, 2022)

Walla Walla Water 2050

In addition to traditional keynote speakers, we’ll also feature a keynote session centering around the Walla Walla Water 2050 water management plan. Anton Chino (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation), Chris Kowitz (Oregon Water Resources Department) and Thomas Tebb (Washington State Department of Ecology) will discuss the challenges and rewards of this multijurisdictional water management project.

PNREC 2023 Conference Committee Contacts:

Anneliese Vance-Sherman
2023 Conference Chair

Washington State Employment, Security Department
Tel: (425) 258-6316
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