On This PageFebruary 2005, No. 211b

Challenges and Prospects for Midwest Manufacturing: Report on the 2003–04 Chicago Fed Manufacturing Project
Last Updated: 01/26/05

The Chicago Fed convened a series of conferences in 2003–04 to address the following three questions: What are the long-term underlying trends in manufacturing and have they fundamentally changed in recent years? Second, is the poor performance of recent years a transitory phenomenon? And, third, what are the challenges and prospects for Midwest manufacturing going forward?