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Louisville Branch Helps Promote Financial Empowerment


Staff from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Louisville Branch helped lead the Financial Empowerment Summit in Louisville on March 7, 2013.

The Summit, sponsored by the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization, brought together more than 125 people interested in helping local families become more financially stable. 

Lisa Locke, senior community development specialist at the Louisville Branch, served on the Summit’s planning committee.  Maria Hampton, regional executive of the Louisville Branch, served as a panelist and discussed financial empowerment as an economic development strategy.

Attendees included leaders from academia, community-based organizations, financial institutions, local government, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

Participants of the Summit recognized the financial empowerment work already happening in the city, such as Bank On Louisville, a collaborative effort to strengthen the community’s economic health through improved access to financial education and banking services.  Participants also worked to motivate more organizations to get involved in financial empowerment.

Read more about the St. Louis Fed’s involvement in strengthening communities.