Senior Economist William Strauss of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presented on the current state of the Midwest economy and its manufacturing sector in his third annual appearance before the Commission. At the Chicago Federal Reserve, Mr. Strauss has produced the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, which estimated the Midwest’s manufacturing output. His research papers have focused on such topics as our regional economy, the automobile sector and the trade-weighted dollar. Before the U.S. Senate, Mr. Strauss has presented testimony on manufacturing issues. He has been also interviewed by a number of radio and television news programs and publications. Mr. Strauss currently teaches at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies.