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 Coming ........ February 25, 2015


Volatile oil prices: The Pacific Northwest feels the impact

Big fluctuations in the price of oil over the past six months have thrown the world's economies into turmoil--and the Pacific Northwest is no exception.
As the price of oil fell more than 50 percent, gas prices in the Northwest plunged to their lowest levels in years, potentially saving motorists hundreds of dollars a year. However, those same falling oil prices have pushed the value of the Canadian dollar to around 80 cents U.S., lowering the spending power of Canadians shopping in Whatcom County and roiling the Canadian economy. Oil prices rebounded a bit from the low levels of January, but the volatile market continues to have an enormous impact on decisions of governments, businesses and consumers.
To help us make sense of the impact of oil prices on our regional, national and international economies, two expert economists will speak at our Feb. 25 meeting.


Amar Mann is the Chief Economist of the Western Region of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, based in San Francisco. The bureau is the chief federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Mann has written extensively on economic issues of the West.

Ken Peacock is Chief Economist and Vice President at the Business Council of British Columbia, an association representing approximately 260 large and mid-sized companies that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province.


Ticket Information

City Club specific, printable instructions for using Brown Paper Tickets are available here.

Advance ticket sales end at 11:30am, Monday prior to the program.

To reserve ticket(s) for the next Bellingham City Club meeting:



CALL Brown Paper Tickets 800-838-3006

For a full explanation of the cause for the ticketing policy change please see the Ticketing Policy Change page.


Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 400 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; buffet lunch is served at 11:50 a.m.; the program starts at 12:20 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Lunch costs $13 for members, $18 for non-members and $5 for Young Adults (29 and under) when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.

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