State of the West

Facing the Pacific Rim with open arms, the American West is the most dynamic region in the nation. The western United States has been a source of innovation and growth and can be an engine of economic recovery. We hope you can join us for this special gathering of policymakers, investors, researchers, scholars, and business people in a vibrant conversation about the economic and fiscal prospects of the western United States and Pacific region.

WHEN:   Thursday, November 15, 2012
WHERE:  John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 366 Galvez St., Stanford Campus
WHY:   Discussions on issues that greatly affect the West

10:00 – 11:30 AM -  The Changing Political Demography of the West
Session Chair: George P. Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution and Honorary Chair, SIEPR, Stanford University
David Brady, Deputy Director and Davies Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University -View Slides of Presentation
Adele Hayutin, Senior Research Scholar and Director, Global Aging Program, Stanford University- View Slides of Presentation
Bruce Cain, Director-designate, The Bill Lane Center for the America West, Stanford University - View Slides of Presentation

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch and talk by Richard Fisher, President, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank  - View Slides of Presentation - Paper related to Presentation

1:45 – 3:15 PM - The Regional Economy
Session Chair: John B. Shoven, Wallace R. Hawley Director, SIEPR and Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Steve Levy, Director and Senior Economist, Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy - View Slides of Presentation

Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose - View Slides of Presentation


3:30 – 5:00 PM Dealing with Climate Change
Session Chair: David Kennedy, Director, The Bill Lane Center for the America West, Stanford University
Noah Diffenbaugh, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute; Assistant Professor, Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University
Dave Rogers, General Manager, Climate Change, Chevron
Stephen Wright, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration - View Slides of Presentation


6:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner and Keynote Address
Gary Herbert
, Governor of Utah