Conference Draws Researchers to PDX – and PSU
Author: College of Urban & Public Affairs
Posted: October 27, 2014

The Northwest Economic Research Center at the College of Urban and Public Affairs recently hosted the Association for University Business and Economic Research’s fall conference in Portland, drawing 75 researchers from schools across the country. Attendees got to hear speakers ranging from Chris Harder of the Portland Development Commission talk about innovation and trade to PSU’s own Meg Merrick of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies discuss data visualization.

“People wanted to hear about the planning and economic development issues of Portland—How does the Streetcar work?  How easy is it to get around?” NERC Director Tom Potiowsky said of the Oct. 11-14 conference, organized with the able assistance of graduate student Marisol Caceres Lorenzo. “Most of the people who came to the conference already knew more about the city than they did about the university, so this was an opportunity to showcase Portland State, too.”

AUBER is a professional organization dedicated to supporting academic researchers pursuing applied work in their own communities. “And when you think about Portland State,” Potiowsky notes, “that’s not just our center’s mission, it’s the entire university’s mission.”

The Northwest Center for Economic Research focuses on economic research activities to support public policy and private objectives in the State of Oregon and the Greater Portland Metropolitan area. NERC collaborates with other centers and institutes at PSU where economic expertise and analytical methods are required to produce superior research. It specializes in modeling, data management, research, and analytical methods applicable to issues of urban and regional economic development.