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