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Northwest Regional Economic Conference

On May 11th ten CWU students along with Dr. Sipic and Dr. Wassel were given the incredible opportunity to travel to Vancouver Washington to hear some of the top economist of our state speak, including our very own executive director and chief economist of Washington State, Steve Lerch at the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference.

Students were able to hear from two known economists at this conference Kaleb Javiar and Todd Stoothoff. Kaleb gave a presentation on his research of the economic impact of the Kittitas county water moratorium and water bank creation and due to his exceptional presentation he was able to have a discussion with the Department of Ecology Economist.

Todd Stoothoff presented his research at the conference in which he discussed the Economic impact of cougars in western Washington which raised some important questions and lead to a thoughtful discussion.

Dr. Wassell was able to give a presentation in which he examined the welfare cliff in Washington State with his Economics 426 students. His presentation results were startling and provoked significant interest and another great discussion with the audience.

Following the Conference some of students were provided with the opportunity to meet the mayor of Vancouver and discuss the creation of Vancouver’s down town area.This conference was more special than any other because it was the 50th anniversary for this amazing event. Students were able to hear about the economy from the past 50 years as well as the economy in the next 50 years for our state.

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