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ARM’s new Online Institute (OLI) is a series of monthly webinars for ARM members featuring business, leadership, and technical topics. The objectives of the monthly OLI series are to help ARM members continue building the success of their companies and to perpetuate Minnesota’s role as a national leader in concrete and aggregate production and supply. There is no charge for ARM members to participate.


Title:  The Fulure of Flyash
Speaker: Doug Rhodes, Boral Resources
Date & Time: June 11, 2020 at 8:00am
Registration:  Registration is required but is free to ARM members

Webinar Description: More than 75% of all concrete is made with fly ash. In some states, fly ash is specified for all concrete structures.  Several regional shortages in the past few years coupled with increasing EPA regulations and plant conversions from coal to natural gas has put the future of fly ash in question.  This presentation will go over where the fly ash industry is today, what is being done to help with supply, and what is being done to help ensure a strong fly ash market for the future.


Title:  COVID and the current state of the Minnesota construction sector
Speaker:  Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00am
Registration:  Registration is required but is free to ARM members ($45 for non-members)

Webinar Description:   COVID and the current state of the Minnesota construction sector

Ron will discuss the state of the Minnesota and Twin Cities economy and the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. He will discuss a variety of metrics to offer a current look at conditions, including comparative data from a May survey of Minnesota construction firms garnered more than 500 responses. There will be Q&A following his presentation.

Ron's Bio: 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, which includes Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana. Ron tracks activity in employment and wages – which are central to the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of promoting stable prices and maximum employment – along with construction, real estate, tourism and consumer spending. Part of Ron’s work includes extensive outreach to business and community leaders, and he gives frequent speeches on Ninth District regional economies. Ron is a contributor to the Beige Book, which is a report of current business conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks. Previous to this position, Ron was the editor of the fedgazette, a regional business and economics journal published by the Minneapolis Fed. Here, he conducted in-depth research on such topics as labor markets and job growth, health care consolidation, the Bakken oil boom, income mobility, disability, public pensions, and many others.