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Focus on the Future 2017 will be held April 24-27, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, WA. Stay tuned for more information!


Focus on the Future is the largest and longest-standing Conference on Problem Gambling Awareness in the Pacific Northwest Region. Launched in 2007, Focus on the Future brings together an incredible mixture of compelling speakers – experts from across the country and around the world – and opportunities to network and learn from colleagues in the field. It is a place where you can exchange your ideas, experiences, and knowledge to become a collective voice in raising awareness and developing programs and services that have the greatest positive impact. Problem gambling affects every community in our region and can cripple the lives not only of problem gamblers themselves, but of their families and friends, too.

This conference will provide valuable insights on the tools and resources available for effective treatment, prevention, and community engagement, as well as offering information on trends and innovative topics in gambling and gaming that affect your work. By joining us in Portland, you will get a prime opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of the best in the field. You’ll no doubt leave with some new connections and partnerships that may lead to enhanced and innovative approaches toward assisting those who are affected by problem gambling.

Thank you, to all of you who make such an important difference for those in our region who need support and services. Thank you and congratulations to the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, celebrating an impressive 25 years of service, and to the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, marking its 10th anniversary this year. You have much to commemorate as you come together as partners again this year, and much to look forward to as you Focus on the Future and all you can accomplish working together.