Oklahoma City Events
November 5, 2014
Bridging the Gap: Solutions for Oklahomans in Poverty
About the Oklahoma City Branch
211 North Robinson
Two Leadership Square, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
The Oklahoma City Branch opened August 2, 1920 on the second floor of the Continental Building at the corner of Second and Broadway streets. In 1923, staff moved to a new building on the corner of Harvey and Third streets. In 1958, the building was expanded to better meet operations. In 2014, the Branch moved to Leadership Square in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City.
Staff include Regional, Public and Community Affairs; Supervision and Risk Management; and support positions.
- Oklahoma City Board of Directors
- Board of Directors' Responsibilities
- Branch Executive Chad Wilkerson
- Speaker Requests
What's the Oklahoma City Branch's focus?
Staff at the Kansas City Fed’s Oklahoma City Branch:
- conduct research, contributing to the Kansas City Fed’s Economic Review and The Main Street Economist publications;
- produce the Kansas City Fed’s monthly Manufacturing Survey, which is a measure of manufacturing activity in the Tenth Federal Reserve District and the United States;
- supervise and regulate bank holding companies and state member banks;
- travel regionally, nationally and internationally to speak about general economic, regional and rural issues;
- host roundtables with business leaders to gather grassroots economic information;
- develop programs, such as Economic Forums, for business, banking and community leaders to learn more about local and national economics;
- offer educators around Oklahoma free resources and workshops to promote economic and financial literacy;
- partner with business, banking, community and government leaders to promote statewide financial literacy, such as the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition;
- partner with local organizations to promote community development and asset building;
- conduct free, on-site presentations for students to learn about money, the economy and the Federal Reserve.
Why does the Kansas City Fed have Branches?
The Kansas City Fed has three Branch offices in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha. Each is lead by a Branch executive. By having a presence througout its Federal Reserve District, the Kansas City Fed is better able to understand the unique economic makeup of our region and its role in the global economy. A large component of these offices is the study of the region and regularly published analyses, including the Ag Credit Survey and the Manufacturing Survey, as well as research that includes agriculture, banking conditions, industry, state taxes and more.
What's a Branch Executive?
Because a physical presence throughout the District is vital to understanding the region, the Kansas City Fed in 2006 created Branch executive positions. These roles are held by economists, who moved from the Kansas City office to oversee the Branch offices. They also conduct research, give public presentations and media interviews, involve themselves with area businesses and community groups, and work with their Branch’s Board of Directors. The Oklahoma City Branch executive is Chad Wilkerson.
What does the Kansas City Fed do?
The Kansas City Fed fosters the stability, integrity and efficiency of the nation's monetary, financial and payments systems to promote a stable, healthy economy. We do this through three mission areas:
We contribute to the formulation and implementation of monetary policy that promotes financial stability and sustainable economic growth.
How do we do this? The Fed manages the nation's system of money and credit. Monetary policy influences economic growth, maximum employment rates, interest rates, prices and the value of a dollar. Research staff at the Kansas City Fed, along with the other Reserve Banks, monitors regional economic conditions to provide grassroots input at a national level, where decisions are made on the interest rates charged to financial institutions when they borrow from the Federal Reserve.
Supervision and Regulation
We provide supervisory and regulatory oversight to financial institutions in a way that fosters a sound, accessible and competitive financial system that inspires trust.
How do we do this? We supervise state chartered banks that choose to be members of the Federal Reserve System, trust companies, data processing centers that service state member banks, and bank and financial holding companies, which control one or more commercial banks. This protects you as a consumer.
We promote a safe and efficient payments system, while providing high-quality, innovative financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. Treasury and the public.
How do we do this? The Fed monitors the region's demand for currency and coin. We distribute currency and coin to banks, replace worn and damaged notes, help detect counterfeit notes, and more. The Fed also serves as a bank for the U.S. government and Treasury by issuing, servicing and redeeming securities, including savings bond and income tax refunds.