The Spokane Talks video podcast is featuring faculty and staff from Eastern Washington University to help educate the community on the many impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The series is called, “Experts @ EWU.”

In a recent episode, Patrick Jones, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Economic Analysis at Eastern, discussed the numbers behind unemployment and the economic impact COVID-19 has had on Spokane County.

Jones has been the Executive Director of EWU’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis since its inception. His past and present professional and volunteer work includes the executive director of the Biotechnology Association of the Spokane Region, chair of the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute community advisory board, a member of the Spokane Economic Development Council, chair of the Spokane Entertainment Arts & Convention Advisory Board, member of the board of the Association of University Business & Economic Research Bureaus and board member of the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is currently the chair of the City of Spokane Mayor’s Advisory Council on Economic Vitality and was recently inducted into the Spokane Hall of Fame. Jones has a PhD in applied and agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Watch Jones’ interview from April 17, 2020 below:

You can watch additional “Experts @ EWU” podcasts on the Spokane Talks website.