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Northwest Economic Research Center celebrates first anniversary

The College of Urban and Public Affairs is pleased to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC).  Launched in the fall of 2011, NERC is a partnership between the College of Urban & Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and aims to fill a need for applied economic research in an academic setting in Oregon.

Led by Tom Potiowsky, the chair of Portland State’s Economics Department and Oregon’s State Economist from 1999-2006, the Center’s mission is to serve the public, nonprofit, and private sector community in Oregon and Southwest Washington with high quality, objective and credible economic analysis.  Potiowsky brings to the director position years of experience taking complicated economic forecasting and results, and turning it into a meaningful, understandable presentation for policymakers and stakeholders.

"NERC will work closely with our Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center to use data to advance the prosperity of the region," says College of Urban and Public Affairs' Dean Lawrence Wallack.

NERC is engaged in several projects, including investigating the economic footprint of the Film and Television Industry in the Portland Metropolitan Area and Oregon, defining the Oregon electric vehicle industry and creating baseline data on the industry and its supply chain, and calculating Washington County's expenditures on homeless services.  NERC will host the 2014 Association for University Business and Economic Research National Conference.

 For more information, please visit NERC’s website: http://www.pdx.edu/nerc/