CANTON, OHIO (November 10, 2008) - On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Canton Forum Luncheon Series will present "What is Stark County's Economic Outlook?" the second installment of the Canton Forum 2008-2009 series. The luncheon will feature Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer, senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, one of twelve regional Reserve Banks that together with the Board of Governors in Washington, DC, make up the Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States.



Dr. Schweitzer will comment on the current national economic conditions and their impact on our region, our residents and our businesses. The luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canton McKinley Grand Hotel. Lunch is included for the price of $20. Tickets are required to attend the event and registrations must be received by Monday, Nov. 17. 

Save the date for upcoming installments of Canton Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Apr. 22. Season passes are now available at a prorated cost of $60 each for the three remaining programs this season. Season passes can be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2070.  

Since 1995, Canton Forum, sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository, has presented a wide array of distinguished speakers to the Canton community on topics relating to health, education, sports, business, public affairs and the arts. Not only have live Forum audiences enjoyed these presentations, but they have also been seen by thousands throughout Stark County thanks to re-broadcasts of the program on Time Warner Cable Channel 23 and Western Reserve PBS Channel 49 (and in streaming video format at 

About the Speaker

Mark Schweitzer is a senior vice president and the director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, which serves the Fourth Federal Reserve District (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, the northern panhandle of West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky). Dr. Schweitzer currently leads the Bank's Research Department. He sets the direction for economic research, selects and develops staff, and briefs the Bank president prior to meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Schweitzer's own research has focused on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth. 

Dr. Schweitzer joined the Bank in 1992 as an economist. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a senior economist at the Bank of England. He returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and in 2004 was promoted to assistant vice president and director of the Regional Economic Issues Program. In 2007, Dr. Schweitzer was appointed vice president and branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Denver Branch. He was named to his current position in 2008. 

An economics graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Schweitzer holds both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Schweitzer lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is married and has two daughters and a son.