Innovation Conerence ShowcasesFed’s Outreach Eorts
By David A. Sapenaro, frst vice president o the Federal Reserve Bank o St. Louis
ome time ago, the Federal ResereBank o St. Louis began ocusingon greatly enhancing our outreacheorts throughout the Eighth District.
The goal was—and is—to be a ital resourcein community deelopment, economic andnancial education, and more. Since then,our District-wide presence has fourished andcontinues to do so.
Our outreach is designed to help bankers,economists, educators, business owners and oth-ers through economic education and inorma-tion sharing. It’s also centered on conductingregional economic research that can be used bypolicymakers and decision-makers throughoutthe District. In other words, it’s a mutually ben-ecial outreach, and, so ar, it has worked rather well. In act, strengthening ties throughout theDistrict actually became part o our Bank’s mis-sion this year.We want to make sure that we continue tooer some o the best and most useul opportu-nities aailable or inormation sharing, net-working, education and growth. We continueto explore new topics and ideas that will be o interest to you, while continuing to oer theehicles you’e come to alue. Our current pro-grams include Economic Forums, the Businessand Economic Research Group (BERG), theCenter or Regional Economics—8th District(CRE8), arious Community Aairs-sponsoredworkshops and seminars, and much more.A great example happened earlier this year when we sponsored a gathering called “Explor-ing Innoation: A Conerence on CommunityDeelopment Finance.” It proed to be a mega-hit. With the help o a couple o nationallyrenowned presenters, our Community Aairsdepartment put together a conerence thatexplored so many dierent ways o nding andorganizing community deelopment nancingthat most attendees let with a eeling o haingreally accomplished something. We were stillgetting praise months ater the conerence.Going orward, we will seek to organize simi-lar conerences and programs that bring alue tobankers and our other constituents throughoutthe District.
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ast year, we surveyed
readers to help determinewhat readers like and dislike about this publication. The resultswere fattering, and we thank all o you who answered the survey.Nearly seven percent o our readership responded to the survey.Almost all who responded said that they read every issue o
. Mostly, they are happy with the publication and itscontent: The writing is clear, the variety is good and the story lengthis generally just right. The majority indicated that the articles most oten read are the lead story, the Feditorial and the Page 3 eature.Respondents also indicated that they are interested in hearing moreabout banking trends, industry changes, and rules, regulations and policies.One surprise was the lukewarm response to our ideas to expandour online presence. Most indicated they did not read
online; only hal said they would read
i it wasconverted to an entirely electronic publication.All o the results told us that we should continue to deliver thesame high-quality product.I you have additional comments you’d like to share, please sendthem in care o Scott Kelly to the address on the back o this issue.Thank you or reading
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