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Press Release

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Appoints Gary Wagner as Vice President and Senior Regional Officer of the Bank’s Cincinnati Branch

Gary Wagner has been named vice president and senior regional officer of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland effective October 1, 2016.

Wagner will serve as the Bank’s senior official in the Cincinnati region, with responsibility for managing relationships with regional stakeholders, monitoring the region’s economic environment, and conducting economic research and analysis.

“Gary brings with him significant expertise on issues such as regional economics, state tax structures, and municipal pension systems, expertise gained through his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and in academia,” says Mark Schweitzer, senior vice president of the Bank’s Outreach and Regional Analytics Department. “Gary’s appointment is part of our ongoing commitment to outreach and engagement in the region, allowing the Bank to gather information regarding economic developments in the Cincinnati region and to better inform our decision making.”

Since 2015, Wagner has served as the Philadelphia Fed’s regional economic advisor, conducting applied research on regional and public finance issues. Prior to his work at the Philadelphia Fed, Wagner was a professor of economics for 15 years, most recently at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. During his tenure there, he served as associate director of the Old Dominion University’s Economic Forecasting Project and as co-editor of the State of the Region Report (2013–2014), and he also participated as a respondent in the quarterly Survey of Professional Forecasters produced by the Philadelphia Fed.

Wagner is an active economic researcher, publishing in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of economics and finance topics including revenue cycles, state budget funds, and public-sector savings. He has been a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, as well as a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Arkansas from 2008 to 2011 while serving as professor of economics at the University of Arkansas.

Wagner holds a PhD and an MA in economics from West Virginia University and a BA in economics and political science from Youngstown State University.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

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