The PNREC 2024 registration site is now open at Registration rates are:

Full Conference – $400 through April 30 ($495 after April 30)

1-day – $300

Student – $90

Student 1-day – $60

Book your rooms at the Riverhouse Hotel today to get low conference rates at

The Riverhouse Hotel is located on the banks of the Deschutes River less than 2 miles away from Bend’s historic downtown area. 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 businesses 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

PNREC 2024 will feature presentations, panels, and papers on a wide variety of topics. Some of the important issues we would like to address at the conference are:

  • National Resource and Environmental Policy: Implications for Regional Development
  • Water and Energy Issues for the Future of the Pacific Northwest
  • Regional Modeling, Forecasting, and Impact Analysis
  • COVID-19 Impacts to Any Aspect of Economic Activity in the Pacific Northwest
  • Health Care in Canada and the U.S.
  • Structural Change, Diversification, and Local Development Strategies
  • Future of Service, High-Tech and Knowledge-Based Industries within Rural Areas
  • Implications of International Trade for Regional Employment and Economic Growth
  • Income Inequality and Efforts to Close the Wage Gap
  • Economic Impact of the Region’s Wine and Beer Industries
  • Urban Growth and Transportation Issues
  • Climate Change
  • Socioeconomic and Demographic Equity
  • International Trade and Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Economic Effects of Tax Policies

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.

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Chen Zhao
Dr. Chen Zhao, Senior Manager, Economics
Dr. Chen Zhao leads the economics team at Redfin, where she produces research on the housing market for public and internal audiences. Previously, she was an executive director leading housing finance and financial markets research at the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Prior to joining JPMCI, Chen was an economics consultant at Analysis Group, Inc., where she worked on financial litigation cases and led teams conducting health economics and outcomes research on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. While in graduate school, Chen was with the Center for Economic Studies and the Social Economic and Housing Statistics Division at the US Census Bureau, where she conducted applied microeconomics research using large scale restricted-access linked survey-administrative data. She started her career at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where she focused on labor and health economics.
Dr. Claudia Sahm
Dr. Claudia Sahm , Founder
Sahm Consulting
Dr. Claudia Sahm is a Washington-based expert on monetary and fiscal policy and forecasting. She has several years of experience advising decision-makers at the Federal Reserve, White House, and Congress. She created a widely-used and highly-accurate recession indicator, the Sahm rule. Sahm is the founder of Sahm Consulting and Stay-at-Home Macro (SAHM) Substack. She is a former Federal Reserve and White House economist.
Dr. John Silvia
Dr. John Silvia, President
Dynamic Economic Strategy, LLC
Dr. Silvia is currently President of Dynamic Economic Strategy, LLC and is focused on financial and economic advisory works, writing a weekly newsletter, and presenting economic concepts and commenting on economic issues at several conferences. Formerly, John was managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo Securities until July 2018. John has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg (TV and radio), Fox Business and the Nightly Business Report. John served as the president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in 2015 and was awarded a NABE Fellow Certificate of Recognition in 2011 for outstanding contributions to the business economics profession and leadership among business economists to the nation.

About Our Organization

The Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference is a non-profit organization established to promote research and education on the economy of the Northwest states and western Canada.

The PNREC Board of Directors is comprised of economists and regional analysts from the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta (with occasional participation from Alaska and northern California). They represent a cross section of professionals from academia, business, government, and consulting organizations in both countries.

Our Sponsors

We would like to express our appreciation for the sponsors who are providing financial support for PNREC in 2024.

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