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About The St. Louis Fed

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis at the intersection of Fourth, St. Charles and Broadway, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis takes great pride in serving "Main Street" audiences and representing their views.

The St. Louis Fed is located in the Eighth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of Arkansas and portions of six other states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The St. Louis Bank serves most of eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. We also have branch locations in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.

See a map of the Eighth Federal Reserve District (PDF).

Decentralized by Design

The Federal Reserve is not a central bank for which the reserves and decisions are concentrated on Wall Street or in Washington, D.C. We’re a decentralized central bank for which the reserves and decision-making are distributed across the country.

This decentralized structure ensures that the economic conditions of communities and industries from all regions of the nation are taken into account in monetary policy decision-making through the regional Reserve banks — including the St. Louis Fed — that serve the 12 Fed districts.

Learn more with In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve.

At-a-Glance

Our Purpose

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The St. Louis Fed’s most critical functions can be described as:

  • Promoting stable prices and economic growth.
  • Fostering a sound financial system.
  • Providing payment services to financial institutions.
  • Supporting the U.S. Treasury's financial operations.
  • Advancing economic knowledge, community development and fair access to credit.

Learn more about what we do.

Our Leadership

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James Bullard

James Bullard is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He also participates on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, which meets eight times each year to set the direction of U.S. monetary policy.

As required by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the St. Louis Fed is supervised by a board of nine directors who are familiar with economic and credit conditions in the Eighth District.

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Office of Minority & Women Inclusion

The St. Louis Fed is committed to building an inclusive workplace where our differences — in age, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, disability, as well as in cultural traditions, religion, life experiences, education and socioeconomic backgrounds — are recognized as our strength.

Diversity allows each of us to bring our unique perspectives to the table when generating ideas and solving problems, and encourages an environment where innovation and excellence thrive.

Learn about our diversity initiatives.

Economy Museum

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Our award-winning museum will immerse you in a one-of-a-kind experience that explains the economy — and your role in it — in a fun and interactive way. Engage in a hands-on journey through nearly 100 exhibits that are brought to life through interactive displays, games, sculptures and videos.

It's free and open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More about the Economy Museum.

In Your Community

St. Louis Fed employees take great pride in serving Main Street audiences and representing their views nationally within the Federal Reserve System. We strive to do so in a variety of ways, including through outreach programs, publications, events, blogs and social media.

Engagement and collaboration help us better understand the economic conditions throughout our district’s diverse communities. These shared insights often lead to better decisions and solutions that help the economy as a whole perform better.

More on how we connect with the public.

Stay in Touch

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