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2021 Regional Economic Conditions Conference

January 13, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CT
Virtual video event

2021 Regional Economic Conditions Conference

Doug Burgum Governor, North Dakota

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis hosted its fourth annual Regional Economic Conditions Conference on Jan. 13, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The conference focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 across the Ninth District, with special attention paid to the pandemic’s impact on workers.

The event was keynoted by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who talked about the challenges and opportunities for the Peace Garden State, followed by questions from Neel Kashkari, Minneapolis Fed president. The conference featured presentations and panel discussions with prominent economists, who spotlighted the pandemic’s impact on each state in the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, northwestern Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Event Details

Virtual video event

Event Agenda

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

8:30 a.m. CT Welcome by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari
8:35 a.m. CT Panelist introductions by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Regional Outreach Director Joe Mahon
8:40 a.m. CT Oriane Casale, Interim Director, Labor Market Information Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development [Slides]
9:00 a.m. CT Tessa Conroy, Economic Development Specialist and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison [Slides]
9:20 a.m. CT Leonidas Murembya, Economic Specialist for the State of Michigan's Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives [Slides]
9:40 a.m. CT Q&A with first three panelists
9:55 a.m. CT 5-minute break
10:00 a.m. CT Keynote address by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, followed by a Q&A with Neel Kashkari
10:45 a.m. CT 5-minute break
10:50 a.m. CT Panelist introductions by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Regional Outreach Director Ron Wirtz
10:55 a.m. CT Jeremy Jackson, Director of the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise [Slides]
11:15 a.m. CT Mark Quasney, State Economist, South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management [Slides]
11:35 a.m. CT Pat Barkey, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana [Slides]
11:55 a.m. CT Questions for panelists, moderated by Ron Wirtz
12:10 p.m. CT Conference wrap-up and close

Our Partners

7 Rivers Alliance
Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Economic Club of Minnesota
Economic Development Association of Minnesota
Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber
Greater North Dakota Chamber
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota
Midway Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Minneapolis Downtown Council
Minnesota Bankers Association
Montana Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners – Minnesota
Region Five Development Commission
South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
Women’s Business Development Center – Twin Cities