Effects of election, pandemic are focus of Chamber's 2021 Economic Outlook forum

The livestreamed event will be held Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Commerce in Moorhead. Chris Flynn / The Forum

MOORHEAD - The economic effects of the general election and the coronavirus pandemic will be the focus of the 2021 Economic Outlook forum, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce announced.

Rob Engstrom, founder and CEO of Wolfe Street Partners and chief political strategist for the American Bankers Association will offer his insights on the impacts of the 2020 election.

Meanwhile, Ron Wirtz, regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s ongoing effects on firms, workers and the economies of North Dakota and Minnesota.

The event will be livestreamed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

The cost to Chamber members is $35; nonmembers pay $55.


All attendees will receive a $20 gift card usable at a local restaurant. Attendees can choose their card from participating restaurants. It does not have to be used the day of the event.

For more information and a link to purchase access to the event, go online to


Before taking on his current roles, Engstrom was senior political strategist, senior vice president and the national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was responsible for directing the Chamber’s national political, grassroots and election-related activities.
Wirtz’s duties at the Minneapolis Fed involve tracking business conditions across the six-state Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes northwest Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana. He is also a contributor to the Beige Book, a report of business conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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