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PNREC 2023 features four keynote speakers, 17 panel sessions, and the regional economic outlook session.


Walla Walla regional economy bus tour

Would you like to learn more about the regional economy in Walla Walla? This year, we are pleased to offer an optional regional economy bus tour on May 8. The tour features a catered lunch at Pepper Bridge Winery, a guided tour of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Chinook Hatchery, and a guided tour of College Cellars of Walla Walla. It is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn more about the region during a beautiful time of the year!

The bus departs from the Marcus Whitman Hotel at 11:00am and returns at 5:30pm.

Secure your seat when registering for the conference. If you’ve already registered, or wish to buy a ticket for a friend, no problem! We have a “bus tour only” option open as well. The cost per person is $125. Participants must be 21 or older.

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2023 PNREC Keynote Speakers Announced:

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

Thanks for a Great Conference in Walla Walla

We want to thank everyone who attended the 56th Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference last week in Walla Walla. Over the 3-day conference, we heard from over 60 speakers in 19 panels. We had several keynote speakers as well, with Professor Rajeev Dhawan presenting the National Economic Outlook. Dr. Jennifer Sherman addressed rural gentrification and housing insecurity, and Dr. Gregg Colburn discussed his new book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structure Patterns Explain U.S. Patterns. Other highlights included our annual Regional Outlook Session, Bill Edmonds’ presentation covering the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s mission and planning process, and the Regional Water Panel. Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors: the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, ECONorthwest, REMI, and the Consulate General of Canada. We will be posting all the conference presentations on the Past Conferences page soon. Thanks to everyone for making it a great conference, and we look forward to seeing you next year in Bend, Oregon!
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