A Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron Wirtz’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions across northwest Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. With tracking the overall economy, Ron pays special attention to employment and wages which are vital to the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of promoting steady prices and maximum employment. Ron also tracks construction, real estate, consumer spending, and tourism. He 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 business and community leaders as well as workforce development agencies, and he gives frequent speeches on economic conditions across the Ninth District. He is excited to share in findings and show how they can help create a collaborative workplace environment.