Regional Economic Realities
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Portland State University

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

9:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Eviews8 in a Production Setting | Duncan Meldrum, Hilltop Economics, LLC

1:00 – 4:00 AUBER Board Meeting

5:00 – 7:00 Opening Reception 9:00 – 11:00 Networking in AUBER Suite

Sunday, October 12, 2014

8am Keynote Breakfast: Robert Kleinhenz, Chief Economist, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
California and the Economy of the Western United States

9:30 am Concurrent Sessions

Focus: Midwest Region
     STEM Employment and Education in the Mid-west, Chris Decker and Jerome Diechert, University of Nebraska-Omaha

     Global aging and its potential effects on the aerospace industry, Masud Chand, Wichita State University

     Nebraska's Golden Triangle: An Agricultural-Industrial Cluster, Anil Giri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Power Up! Energy Talks
     Bakken Oil Impact, Scott Nystrom, REMI

     Estimating County-Level Energy Consumption: Testing Three Methods Using California Data, David C. Warren, Indiana University

     Economic Trends in the Bakken, Paul Polzin, University of Montana

DataZoa New + More!

11:15 Concurrent Sessions

Focus: Southeast Region
     Investigating the Feasibility of Forecasting Underemployment in Alabama, Samuel Addy, The University of Alabama

Research Papers I
     Why Tax Incentives Don't Work: The Altered Landscape of Local Economic Development, Micheal J. Hicks, Ball State University

     Towards Understanding Low Labor Force Participation in WV, Jane E. Ruseski, West Virginia University

     An Ecomomic Analysis of Music Production in Tennessee: A Case for State Grant Incentives for Media Scoring & Design, Jennifer Fowler, Belmont University

Designing Mobile-Friendly Websites

     MOBILE FRIENDLY WEBSITES , Carol Rogers, Indiana University,

12:30 The Keith Schwer Keynote Luncheon: Richard Wobbekind, University of Colorado
      The U.S. Economic Outlook: Can We Keep the Good Times Rolling?

2:00 Concurrent Sessions
Focus: Southwest Region
Digital Tools for Economic Development + Regional Analysis

     Stats America: New Data and Capabilities, Jerry Conover, Indiana University

      The Triple Bottom Line Tool, Janet Hammer, Portland State University

3:30 Networking + Poster Sessions

4:00 Concurrent Sessions
Focus: South Central Region
Research Methods
     A Business Relocation Tool, Michael Jones, University of Cincinnati

     Web-Enabled Benchmarking of Economic Diversity and Structure, Troy D. Mix, University of Delaware

Pivot Your Data

Monday, October 13, 2014

7:45 AUBER Awards Breakfast

9:15 Concurrent Sessions
Focus: Pacific Northwest
     The Culture of Non-Work?: Quality of Life and the College Educated Workforce in Oregon, Bryce Ward, University of Montana

Focus: Mid-Atlantic
     The Mid-Atlantic Region and The Great Recession, James Kurre, Penn State-Erie

Visualize This!

     Visualize This, Meg Merrick, Portland State University

10:30 Concurrent Sessions
Focus: Pacific Northwest II
     Regional Economic Performance: Emphasis on Oregon, Tim Slaper, Indiana University

     Portland Innovation and Trade, Chris Harder, Portland Economic Development Council

Focus: Northeast Region
     Semiconductor Outlook and the Implications for the Northeast Economy, Duncan Meldrum, Hilltop Economics, LLC

     Do Differences in Local Economic Freedom Affect Labor Productivity Across U.S. MSAs, William P. McAndrew, Gannon University and James A. Kurre, Penn State-Erie

     Cyclical Patterns in the Labor Force: The Northeast vs. the U.S., James A. Kurre and Kenneth K.T. Louie, Penn State-Erie

Power Tools: Tableau

Noon Keynote Luncheon: Diane Lim, Chief Economic, The Pew Charitable Trusts
"Fiscal 50": What State-Level Trends Tell Us About the National-Level Economy

2:00 Field Research: In-depth Analysis of the Economic Impact of the Oregon Wine Industry

6:00 Elk Cove Winery Dinner

9:00 Networking in AUBER Suite

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

8am AUBER Breakfast and Business Meeting

9:30 Concurrent Sessions
BEA Regional Accounts Update
     BEA's Regional Accounts: An Update , James M. Zavrel, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

      BEA's New Regional Products, Zoë O. Ambargis, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

     Increasing Information: Updating the methods used to preserve confidentiality in BEA regional statistics , Nicholas Empey, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Research Papers II
     The Ins and Outs of Entrepreneurship: Explaining the Decline in Entrepreneurship, Mark Schweitzer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

      Oregon Property Tax Capitalization: Evidence from Portland, Jeff Renfro, Senior Economist, NERC

      Partnership in Regional Economics: An Example from rural Georgia, Benjamin McKay, Georgia Southern University

The Reader’s Mind

11:15 Concurrent Sessions
Carbon Tax Issues
     Economic, Fiscal, and Demographic Impact of a National Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax , Scott Nystrom, REMI

     Estimating State and Sub-State Economic Effects of a Carbon Dioxide Tax Policy: An Application of a New Multi-Region Energy-Economy Econometric Model , Zachary A. Wendling, Indiana University

     Economic and Environmental Impacts of a Carbon Tax for Oregon , Jenny H. Liu, Portland State University

Update from the BLS
     QCEW Local Data Products: Hurricane Maps and More, David Hiles, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Planning for AUBER 2015