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Welcome to the Louisville Branch

Maria Hampton Maria Hampton
Regional Executive, Louisville Branch

Welcome to the Louisville Branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Established in 1917, the Louisville office is focused on using the resources of the St. Louis Fed to help inform analysis and decision-making related to the economies of the markets we serve in southern Indiana and in central and western Kentucky.

Part of our job is conducting research on the region and gathering information from bankers, business leaders and others who could be helpful in monetary policymaking. We also deliver clear, objective economic information to leaders in the region to help them make more-informed business and policy decisions. This two-way exchange helps to ensure that "Main Street" is considered and represented in all we do.

The office also hosts and sponsors community development seminars and facilitates partnerships with local and regional nonprofits to ensure fair and equal access to credit for low-income populations. In addition, our economic education staff promotes the teaching and learning of economics and personal finance. By working with advisory boards of local educators, we produce online curriculum and other lesson plans to benefit students in the region.

Obtaining anecdotal economic information (for example, area leaders' perspectives on the economy) is a major role of the Branch's board of directors. Representing all parts of the Louisville Zone, the seven members of our board play a major role in helping us monitor the economic pulse of the area.

Semiannually, we also meet with business leaders who are members of the St. Louis District's four Industry Councils (Real Estate, Agribusiness, Transportation and Health Care, the last of which is based in Louisville). These executives from the area are helping in our assessment of economic conditions in these industries, which have been designated as key to the entire District.

The portion of the Bank's web site that is devoted to the Louisville Branch provides information on the local economy through the Burgundy Books, the Branch version of the Federal Reserve System's Beige Book. Links to articles that we believe may have interest are also available on the web site. We hope to enhance your knowledge of the Federal Reserve System, as a whole, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Reserve.

I am available if you have questions or need additional information.

Maria Gerwing Hampton
Regional Executive

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Maria Hampton has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2014.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has named Nikki R. Jackson as regional executive of its Louisville Branch. Jackson joined the Bank on Oct. 14 and will succeed Maria Hampton, who has led the branch as regional executive since 2005 and earlier this year announced her retirement effective Dec. 31.