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Webinar Recording: Perspectives on the Economy and What is Next for Recovery – A Digital Town Hall with Tom Barkin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

August 14, 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
11am‐noon EDT

The scale of the current pandemic‐driven economic crisis is unprecedented. What does the future hold for businesses, workers, and jobseekers as states move forward with reopening the economy? Can we expect a speedy recovery? The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and its affiliated associations invite you to participate in a conversation with Tom Barkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that are a part of the Federal Reserve System. In addition to its role in the nation’s monetary policy, the Richmond Fed works to strengthen the economy and communities in its district, which includes the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, most of West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. During this digital town hall, President Barkin will share his perspectives on the economy and prospects for recovery, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share assessments about their own regional challenges. This is a great opportunity to both get and share insights on the state of the economy in this pandemic crisis and beyond.

Our Featured Guest: Tom Barkin took office on January 1, 2018, as the eighth president and chief executive officer of the Fifth District, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The Fifth District covers the states of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; 49 counties constituting most of West Virginia; and the District of Columbia. In 2020, he serves as an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Mr. Barkin was previously a senior partner and the chief risk officer at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, and had served as the organization’s chief financial officer. He currently serves on the Emory University Board of Trustees. Prior to being named president and chief executive officer, Mr. Barkin served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2009 to 2014, chairing the Reserve Bank’s board from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Barkin received his BA, MBA, and law degrees from Harvard University. He is married with two children.