Economic Outlook 2021
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"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.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.
"North Dakota and Minnesota's Economy"
Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director,
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Both presenters will take questions from the audience following their presentations.
About the presenters
Rob Engstrom is the founder of Wolfe Street Partners and Chief Political Strategist at the American Bankers Association. Previously, he served as a senior political strategist, senior vice president, and the national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was responsible for directing the Chamber's national political, grassroots, and election-related activities. In 2014, Engstrom oversaw the most aggressive voter education campaign in U.S. Chamber history, which led to the largest pro-business majority in the House of Representatives since 1928 and the first pro-business majority in the Senate since 2006. Building on this accomplishment, Engstrom spearheaded the U.S. Chamber's successful 2016 election efforts to grow the pro-business majority in the House of Representatives and maintain the pro-business majority in the Senate. He directed the largest and most sophisticated get-out-the-vote effort in U.S. Chamber history and helped secure victories for 95 percent of U.S. Chamber-endorsed candidates. Engstrom managed all member activities for the Chamber's Federation, which includes thousands of state, local, and metro chambers of commerce and hundreds of trade and professional associations. Formerly, Engstrom served as senior vice president of Political and State Affairs for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Before joining the Chamber, Engstrom was director of the Division of Political Education at the Republican National Committee from 1998 to 2002, including a five-week stint on the Florida recount team for then-President-elect George W. Bush. Prior to the RNC, he worked on former Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign in Roswell, Georgia. In 2013, Engstrom was recognized as one of the top 50 Influencers of the 2014 election cycle by Campaigns & Elections: The Magazine for People in Politics. In 2009, Engstrom was recognized as a "Rising Star" by the same magazine. Engstrom is Founder & CEO of Wolfe Street Partners, an advocacy firm focused on advising trade associations and other strategic partners. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Celina.
Ron Wirtz is a Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Wirtz'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, the Dakotas and Montana. Wirtz tracks activity in employment and wages - which are central to the Federal Reserve?s dual mandate of promoting stable prices and maximum employment - along with construction, real estate, consumer spending and tourism. Wirtz 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. Wirtz's work includes extensive outreach to business and community leaders, and he gives frequent speeches on economic conditions across the Ninth District. Previous to this position, Wirtz was the 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.
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