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State of the West Symposium

The State of the West symposium is an annual gathering at Stanford to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the western region. It features academic researchers, business and investment practitioners, and other stakeholders concerned with the well-being of the millions of Americans who dwell on the sunset side of the Hundredth Meridian. The sixth annual symposium will be held in December 2016, highlighting the topics of immigration and implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the West

While this is an invitation-only event, video from all prior years can be seen using the links below: 

  • The fifth annual symposium (November 2015) continued the conversation about Western water markets and energy infrastructure. Keynote addresses were given by Stanford University Public Policy Lecturer and SIEPR Reserach Scholar David Crane and Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead.
  • The fourth annual symposium (November 2014) included panels on water in the West and the impact of California's Global Warming Solutions Act. Keynote addresses were given by Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, and the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval.
  • The third annual symposium (November 2013) highlighted a discussion on NAFTA 20 years after ratification and regional energy issues. Keynote addresses were given by Augustín Carstens, Governor of the Bank of Mexico, and the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.
  • The second annual symposium (November 2012) included panels on the changing political demography of the West, the regional economy, and climate change. Keynote addresses were given by Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert.
  • The inaugural symposium (February 2011) featured a discussion on pensions, the environment and the economy. Keynote addresses were given by San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank's John C. Williams and Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer.