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Friday, June 10, 2016

Exploring Innovation in Community Development Webinars

This webinar series from the Community Development department at the St. Louis Fed allows community development professionals from across the Eighth Federal Reserve District to connect with industry experts to hear and discuss current developments and initiatives. Topics vary and are of interest to economic development professionals, financial institution representatives, community advocates and policymakers. Recent sessions include:

Connecting Hard-to-Serve Populations with Jobs
Scaling U.S. Community Investing

Both the audio and the presentation for all sessions are archived at

Workforce Development Survey

In 2015, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis collected data about the workforce development field in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. A variety of community stakeholders were invited to participate, including workforce development providers and intermediaries. Survey results will inform our work in the greater St. Louis area in 2016 and beyond. View the results at

Economic Development Podcast

St. Louis Fed’s 2015 Annual Report Available

The St. Louis Fed’s 2015 annual report is now available. The main essay focuses on the Federal Reserve’s return to normal monetary policy after seven years of abnormally low interest rates, which were brought on by the financial crisis and Great Recession. The author presents a little bit of history of unconventional monetary policy, a little bit of background on normalization, a little bit of economic theory – and a lot of understanding on how we got here and how we’re trying to get out of here. The annual report also includes messages from our new chair of the board of directors and from our president. In addition, photos and “by the numbers” tell the story of the St. Louis Fed’s work and people. To read the report, please visit

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015

This new report provides a snapshot of the financial and economic well-being of U.S. households in 2015 and the issues they face, based on responses to the Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED). The report provides new insights into numerous topics of current relevance to household finances, including economic preparedness and emergency savings, income and spending, banking and credit access, housing and living arrangements, auto lending, education and student loan debt, and retirement planning. This is the third year that the Board has conducted the survey and published a report of the survey’s findings. Access the report and download the survey data at

2015 Small-Business Credit Survey: Report on Employer Firms

This report presents findings on the business conditions, financing needs and access to capital based on the responses of nearly 3,500 small businesses from a 26-state coverage area. Read the report at