Ron Wirtz is a Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions across the six-state Ninth Federal Reserve District. Ron pays special attention to construction and real estate sectors, as well employment, wages and prices which are central to the Federal Reserve’s dual mission of promoting stable prices and maximum employment. Part of Ron’s work includes extensive outreach to business and community leaders, and he gives frequent speeches on Ninth District regional and local economies. Ron is a contributor to the Beige Book, which is a report of current economic conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks. Previous to this position, Ron was the editor of the fedgazette, a business and economics journal published by the Minneapolis Fed, where he conducted in-depth research on such topics as labor markets and job growth, health care consolidation, the Bakken oil boom, income mobility, public pensions, disability and many others.