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Through the Looking Glass: The Fed Examines the Region's Economy

Through the Looking Glass: The Fed Examines the Region's Economy

Thursday, March 9, 2023 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM) (CST)


Join us for the program, "Through the Looking Glass - The Fed Examines Regional Economy," headlined by Ron Wirtz, the Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

Ron will examine the current state of the economy locally and across the state, the challenges of the present environment and the special role of labor force in long-term economic growth. Using an interactive survey, Ron will also gauge attendees’ sentiment regarding recent business activity, hiring demand, labor availability, inflation, outlook and other issues.

Chamber President and CEO Dave Eckmann previews this event in a recent 2-Minute Drill episode:

About Ron Wirtz

Ron Wirtz is a Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions across the six-state Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes northwest Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

Along with tracking the overall economy, Ron pays special attention to employment and wages – which are central to the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of promoting stable prices and maximum employment. He also tracks construction, real estate, consumer spending and tourism. Ron is a central contributor to the Beige Book, which is a report of current business conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks. Ron’s work includes extensive outreach to businesses, community leaders and workforce development agencies, and he gives frequent speeches on regional economic conditions.

Previous to this position, Ron was editor of the fedgazette, a regional business and economics journal published by the Minneapolis Fed. Here, he conducted in-depth research on such topics as labor markets and job growth, health care consolidation, the Bakken oil boom, income mobility, disability, public pensions, and many others.


A lunch buffet will be included in the price of admission. Lunch includes:

  • Two Chef’s Selected Soups
  • Sliced Smoked Turkey, Ham and Roast Beef Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Sandwiches
  • Homemade chips

Coffee and tea are included. 


Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Please email for investment levels and benefits.

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Admission (Includes Sales Tax)

  • Member Registration $50
  • Non-Member Registration $70

Cancellation & Refund Policy
Pre-registration is required for this event.  Limited space may be available the day of the event, but cannot be guaranteed.  Walk-in prices are $10 more than the listed prices.

Jefferson Street Event Center
203 Jefferson St
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Event Contact
Madilyn Woller
Thursday, March 9, 2023 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM) (CST)

11:30 a.m. - Registration 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Program

1:30 p.m. - Event Concludes

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