Senior Vice President Nikki (Jackson) Lanier leads the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, serving southern Indiana and western Kentucky. Our staff supervises banks, offers cash services for such institutions, participates in community development efforts and provides economic education, among other duties.
On a trip to Glasgow, Ky., on July 19 and 20, 2018, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard visited with business and other civic leaders. His tour stops included two manufacturers, a health “pavilion” in what was once a Walmart, and a technology center due to open on the local high school’s campus.
Bullard frequently visits communities in the four zones that make up the St. Louis Fed’s District. Such trips give him an opportunity to hear from “Main Street.” At the same time, those on Main Street have an opportunity to hear about the economy from a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee.
Nikki (Jackson) Lanier describes that “aha moment” when people realize the variety of work that the Branch does—from gathering information on Main Street for monetary policymakers, to supervising banks, to encouraging community development in underserved areas. Full transcript here.
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The Louisville 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 Louisville Zone, the seven members of the board play a major role in helping the St. Louis Fed monitor the economic pulse of the area.
The St. Louis Fed’s Industry Councils are also a significant part of the conversation. The four councils—Real Estate, Agribusiness, Transportation and Health Care, the last of which is headed by the Louisville regional executive—consist of industry leaders around the District who gather semiannually to discuss business conditions.
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.
Members of the Educator Advisory Boards strengthen the Branch’s connections to schools and universities, and provide feedback about materials and opportunities for teachers.
The Louisville 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.
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.