We want to thank our readers for their great response to the survey we sent out in early spring. We asked for input about Bridges—if you were reading the newsletter, what you thought about its content and how it could be improved.
Nearly 430 readers responded to our request. And we were pleased to learn that you enjoy Bridges and find it informative.
It was a bit of a surprise, in this age of technology, to learn that almost 75 percent of readers prefer to receive the printed version of Bridges than to read it on our web site. However, 61 percent would still subscribe if it were only available online. (To read Bridges online, go to www.stlouisfed.org/Publications/Bridges. You'll find both current and past issues.)
Topics that did not receive as high a rating but still were of interest include entrepreneurship, environmental issues, IDAs and other asset development, and the unbanked.
Overall, we received many more comments than suggestions for improvements. The majority of observations were complimentary, referring to the newsletter as informative, thoughtful and inviting. Suggestions included publishing more information from bankers on community development and lending, explanations about regulatory changes, spotlighting "best practices" and strategies that work, and introducing an "FAQ" column.
The majority of readers are either in the financial services or community and economic development fields. Subscribers also include government employees, educators, researchers, businessmen and students.
Again, thanks to all who took time to fill out the survey. You've given us a good idea about the kind of information our readers want. Your responses will guide future editions of Bridges and ensure it remains an effective communications tool.