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Ronald A. Wirtz

Director, Regional Outreach

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Ron Wirtz is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions, with a focus on employment and wages, along with sector-tracking in construction, real estate, consumer spending and tourism. In this role, Ron networks with local businesses in a six-state region, both in person and via various communication channels, and gathers other traditional and nontraditional sources of information to assess current business activity. Ron also gives customized speeches on regional economic activity, and handles advance planning for regular outreach trips to Ninth District communities by Bank President Neel Kashkari. Prior to this role, Ron was the long-time editor of the fedgazette, the Bank’s regional business and economics publication, where he conducted research on such topics as employment trends, health care pricing and consolidation, housing, entrepreneurship, public pensions, income mobility, the Bakken oil boom and other topics.

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Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

Beige Bonus: Ninth District employers face adjustments in persistently tight labor market
September 2019 - fedgazette

Beige Bonus: Ninth District economy sees some bounce
July 2019 - fedgazette

Economic forecast in Minnesota's northwoods: Sunny with a few clouds
July 2019 - fedgazette

Beige Bonus: And now a word from the employment canaries
April 2019 - fedgazette

A healthy, if more slender, job-laying goose
April 2019 - fedgazette

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