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  • Economic Outlook Luncheon

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Livestream event

    Join us for the 2021 Economic Outlook and learn about global economic trends and examine the local landscape and factors that keep us competitive, with a look to the future and analysis of what businesses need to know. This year, we are thrilled to welcome two experts sharing their insights and perspectives into two recent events: the 2020 elections and COVID.

  • “Economic Impacts of the 2020 Election”

      Rob Engstrom, Chief political strategist, American Bankers Association. Founder Wolfe Street Partners
    The results of the 2020 general election will undoubtedly affect our nation’s economy. Engstrom will lend his expert analysis and break down the impact of what the results mean for us all.

    “North Dakota and Minnesota’s Economy”
      Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Using recent surveys by the Minneapolis Fed, as well as new, real-time metrics of economic activity, Wirtz will discuss the pandemic’s ongoing impact on firms, workers and the broader North Dakota and Minnesota economy.

    Both presenters will take questions from the audience following their presentations.

  • About the Economic Outlook Luncheon

    Each February, the Economic Outlook Luncheon offers a look into the various factors affecting the regional economy, covering topics such as energy exploration, workforce availability, technology, entrepreneuralism and health care, plus how global and local trends affect our business community.

    In 2020, Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Futurist, Forbes Media, returned for an exciting keynote address on national economic trends and how technology drives growth.

    Check out these highlights from the 2020 event:

    Each event also features a presentation on our local economy. Last year, ND Governor Doug Burgum joined us for opening comments.

    Previous presenters have included Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management; Steven Moore, senior economist for the Wall Street Journal; Terry Fitzgerald, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; J.D. Foster, U.S. Chamber Deputy Chief Economist; and local panels of experts.

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