Upcoming Events

Midwest Agriculture and Shifting Consumer Preferences

On December 1, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a 10am virtual event on Midwest agriculture and the changes it may face from shifts in consumer demand. The featured speaker will be Jayson Lusk, Department Head and Distinguished Professor in Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

December 1, 2020

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Thirty-Fourth Annual Economic Outlook Symposium

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosts an annual Economic Outlook Symposium at year-end. High-caliber speakers discuss the major sectors of the economy and make their forecasts on economic activity. In addition to a keynote speaker, chief economists and senior executives from the banking, auto, steel and machinery industries provide their perspectives.

December 4, 2020

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Visions for Milwaukee’s Future: A Community Forum

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

This virtual event will bring together government, community, economic development, and business leaders to discuss visions for Milwaukee’s future. Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide opening remarks. Jeremiah Boyle, assistant vice president and managing director of community and economic development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will moderate a panel exploring how Milwaukee can recover from the challenges posed by a pandemic, record unemployment, and social unrest. Please join us as the Chicago Fed hosts an informed discussion regarding rebuilding Milwaukee’s economy to ensure all residents share in a strong future for the city.

December 1, 2020

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Creating Conversations on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Rural Economic Development

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Upjohn Institute, Economic Development Quarterly, and Citizens Research Council of Michigan are co-sponsoring a conference on issues related to and concerning rural economic development. Our primary goal with the conference is to create conversations between academic researchers and practitioners that allows each group to learn more about a particular issue and advance research and practice in the process. Experts from the academic and practitioner pools will share their knowledge on what can best promote economic expansion in rural areas. The conference will also offer a bus trip to a rural community to hear how local officials are leveraging community assets and how the local talent pipeline is utilized. Special keynote presentations will take place as well.

Note: After careful consideration of the growing public health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the organizing sponsors of the Creating Conversations on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Rural Economic Development, scheduled May 20-21, in Grand Rapids, Michigan have made the decision to postpone the conference.

The Federal Reserve, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Michigan Citizens Research Council jointly made this decision out of an abundance of caution to help safeguard the health and well-being of conference participants.

March 19, 2020 Update: The planning committee is happy to announce that May 19 & 20, 2021 has been confirmed as our new conference date. With the ongoing changes to our rural economic outlook, agenda items may change over the next twelve months. Please check back for additional updates.

May 19-20, 2021

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