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Regional Roundup

Thursday, January 1, 2004

St. Louis Fed Expands Its Community Affairs Staff

As part of the District's new Branching Out initiative, the Community Affairs department has hired one new community affairs specialist at each branch. Here are the branch specialists (new hires in bold):

  • Little Rock: Lyn Haralson (501) 324-8240 and Amy Simpkins (501) 324-8268,
  • Louisville: Faith Weekly (502) 568-9216 and Lisa Locke (502) 568-9292, and
  • Memphis: Ellen Eubank (901) 579-2421 and Dena Owens (901) 579-4103.

Additionally, two new economists will join senior economist Tom Garrett in conducting economic research geared toward the local communities in our District. They are:

  • Anthony Pennington-Cross, (314) 444-8592, and
  • Chris Wheeler, (314) 444-8566.

Look for announcements about new community-development programs and research on our web site,

Fed Challenge Is Looking for Local Coaches

Have you ever wondered how you could share your knowledge of economic and financial data with your local community? If so, then coaching a Fed Challenge team may be for you.

Fed Challenge is a national competition designed to bring real-world economics into high school classrooms. During the academic year, local coaches mentor high school teachers by helping them gather research and interpret economic data, which helps prepare the teams for competition.

Each performance consists of two parts: a 15-minute presentation before a panel of judges in a mock Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) forum, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Following the presentation, the judges will question the team about its analysis, forecast, recommendation and the Fed's role in developing and implementing monetary policy.

The team that wins its area competition advances to the district competition. The district winner then receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national competition.

If you are interested in becoming a coach for a local high school team, contact:

  • Dawn Griffitts, St. Louis, (314) 444-8421
  • Billy Britt, Little Rock Branch, (501) 324-8368
  • David Ballard, Louisville Branch, (502) 568-9257
  • Jeannette Bennett, Memphis Branch, (901) 579-4104

For more information on Fed Challenge, go to