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CWU Economic Conference to Focus on Wind, Water, and Wine

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (October 19, 2012) — Wind, water, and wine, which are all considered to be vital to central Washington’s economy, will be the featured topics discussed at the 13th annual Central Washington University Economic Outlook Conference (EOC), presented by the College of Business.

The conference will be held Tuesday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre and Ballroom on the university’s Ellensburg campus. The EOC is designed for private sector managers, government officials, and economic development professionals.

John Mitchell, national economist and economic consultant, will open the conference with “Muddling Towards the Cliff.”

Three other presentations will follow on the conference’s featured topics:

            • “Integration of Wind Power with Hydro and Implications from Renewable Energy Policy,” will be addressed by Sid Morrison, former 4th District US Congressman and state Department of Transportation secretary, and current chair of the executive board of Energy Northwest and chair of the CWU Board of Trustees;

            • “Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan,” will be discussed by Urban Eberhart, tree fruit and Timothy hay farmer and member of the Kittitas Valley Irrigation District board, and implementation committee member of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan; and

            • Amy Mumma, director of the CWU Institute of Wine, Beverages, and Gastronomy, will present “Global Wine Industry and Prospects for Central Washington.”

At noon, 8th District US Representative Dave Reichert will present a luncheon address, “The Keys to Economic Success: Freer Trade, Fairer and Flatter Taxes, and Fewer Regulations.”  

In the afternoon, a panel, including David Porter, regional economic development representative with the US Department of Commerce–Economic Development Administration (EDA); David McFadden, president of New Vision/Yakima County Development Association; and Jennifer Korfiatis, administrator of the North Central Washington Economic Development District, will discuss “How to Build Capacity in Communities for Economic Development; Role of the EDA/US Department of Commerce.”

That will be followed by a regional update from Roy Savoian, director of CWU’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Ellensburg City Councilman Anthony Aronica, who also serves as program coordinator for the Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative.

This year’s EOC is presented with the continuing support of Puget Sound Energy, Tree Top, and Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association. For more information, go here.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

The full conference schedule is available here.


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