Midwest Economy Blog

New revised Midwest economy website!

August 9, 2006

Last fall, we made available our first ever website devoted to understanding and analyzing the Seventh District economy. This month, we have revised our website, adding new features and making it easier to use.

As you first view our new home page, you will see a convenient navigation bar with five major choices, organized under tabs. First and most prominently, the “features” appear as the default page. The “features” page alerts the regular visitor to the most current and exciting developments. Currently, the features page lists our Midwest blog on current issues and conditions, as well as announcements of upcoming conference events to be held here at the Chicago Fed. Senior economist Rick Mattoon has fashioned a conference program for October, which examines the varied relationships between the presence of a local university or college and surrounding economic growth and development. Prior to that event, Dave Oppedahl will conduct an event in conjunction with the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations that will examine developments in global agriculture as it affects Midwest communities and business.

The second tab directs the viewer to our “data page” which displays current trends in employment and output for the District and its states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The page also includes an interactive tool so that site visitors can construct and customize their own graphs and charts of the region. On the right hand sidebar, don’t miss the District state profiles that have been provided to us by some of the local state economic gurus.

The third tab, “articles,” catalogs the many research articles that we have penned over the past 15 years and which appear in our Bank publication series. These articles continue to be arranged by topic, but we now precede the bibliography with a tool allowing the viewer to jump directly to the section of articles by topic heading. These topic headings include, for example, state and local fiscal analysis and regional agriculture, banking, community development, and education.

The fourth tab leads the viewer to our “special projects.” So far, we have conducted long-term projects on the Midwest economy, Midwest infrastructure, and, most recently, Midwest manufacturing. Within each project, the visitor will find both presentations delivered by renowned analysts during the course of the project as well as their conference papers.

Finally, the “conferences” page presents hyperlinked materials from our varied topic areas, including labor, energy, automotive industry, and economic growth, among others. For each conference, a conference agenda reprises the event, such as our automotive parts industry conference held this past April. The agenda lists the speakers such that a particular speaker’s presentation is linked to his or her name. Conference papers, proceedings, and summaries can also be found for most of the conferences.

What is missing? We’d like you to talk to us and to ask us questions about the Midwest economy, our research, and our insights on Midwest policy issues. To do so, visit our “economists” page where you will find our e-mail addresses. We can be found under the “Regional Analysis” banner. Talk to you soon!

The views expressed in this post are our own and do not reflect those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago or the Federal Reserve System.

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