The Little Rock Branch

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Robert Hopkins

Senior Vice President Robert Hopkins leads the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, serving the majority of Arkansas, except northeast Arkansas. Our staff supervise banks, participate in community development efforts and provide economic education, among other duties.


Video: Little Rock Branch at 100

The Little Rock Branch of the St. Louis Fed opened for business with 38 employees on Jan. 6, 1919. The third and final St. Louis Fed Branch office to open, the Branch originally leased space in the Southern Trust Building, which sits directly across the street from our current location inside the Stephens Building.

Podcast: Little Rock Branch Celebrates 100 Years of History

Senior Vice President Robert Hopkins reflects on the Little Rock Branch’s 100 years of history, from its start in payments to its focus on economic education and community development. Read the transcript.


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More about the Little Rock Branch

Ray Dillon is the former chairman of the Little Rock Branch board of directors and former CEO of Arkansas-based Deltic Timber Corp. He is a member of the St. Louis Fed’s Industry Councils. Dillon respects how much attention is paid to gathering “real data from the grassroots level of this country” to help form monetary policy.

Governance

Board of Directors

The Little Rock Branch’s board of directors provides one of the most direct ways for Branch staff to gauge the economic conditions of the area. Representing all parts of the Little Rock Zone, the seven members of the board play a major role in helping the St. Louis Fed monitor the economic pulse of the area.

Advisory Councils and Boards

Industry Councils

The St. Louis Fed’s Industry Councils are also a significant part of the conversation. The four councils—Health Care, Real Estate, Transportation and Agribusiness, the last of which is headed by the Little Rock regional executive—consist of industry leaders around the District who gather semiannually to discuss business conditions.

Community Development Advisory Council

Executives from organizations throughout the Federal Reserve's Eighth District serve on the Bank’s Community Development Advisory Council. The executives represent nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, universities, government and foundations.

Branch Educator Advisory Boards

Members of the Educator Advisory Boards strengthen the Branch’s connections to schools and universities, and provide feedback about materials and opportunities for teachers.

Outreach & Education

Visit to The Venture Center, a business accelerator in Little Rock, January 2019. Shown are Ola Okeshola of fintech startup Gerald; Wayne Miller, the center’s executive director; St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard; and Robert Hopkins of the Little Rock Branch

St. Louis Fed President and CEO Jim Bullard meets regularly with Branch leaders, business and civic groups in the four zones that make up the St. Louis Fed’s District to share insights on the U.S. economy, gather views from community members and better understand local economic conditions. Learn more about zone tours.

Community Development

The Little Rock Branch hosts and sponsors community development events and facilitates partnerships with local and regional nonprofits to ensure fair and equal access to credit for low-income populations.

Economic Education

The economic education staff promotes the teaching and learning of economics and personal finance. By working with advisory boards of local educators, the staff produces online curriculum and other lesson plans to benefit students in the region.

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