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In Colorado, part of the Rocky Mountain region, key economic factors include energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation, wholesale trade, professional and business services, as well as tourism. Denver also has a branch office of the Kansas City Fed.


Kansas' economic activity is geared toward agriculture, construction, tourism, and information.


Western Missouri falls within the Kansas City Fed district and its key economic industries are mining, construction, tourism, and professional and business services. It is also home to our head office in Kansas City and the other part of Missouri is shared with the St. Louis Fed, making it the only state with two Federal Reserve head offices.


Nebraska's key economic industries include agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and information. It also has one of the Kansas City Fed's three branch offices in Omaha.


The Kansas City Fed serves northern New Mexico, part of the Rocky Mountain area, where key industries include energy, mining, construction, retail and wholesale trade, tourism, and manufacturing. The other part of New Mexico is shared with the Dallas Fed.


Oklahoma's key economic drivers include agriculture, energy, mining, wholesale trade, transportation, financial activities, tourism, and Oklahoma City is home to a branch office of the Kansas City Fed.


The Rocky Mountains include Wyoming, where key industries include energy, mining, construction, manufacturing, retail trade, tourism, and professional and business services.


The Kansas City Fed is a leader within the Federal Reserve System on topics related to the agricultural economy. Our work provides insights on agricultural and rural economies for our seven-state region and beyond.


The Kansas City Fed actively focuses on energy-related economic research. Our work provides insights on the energy industry within our district, as well as nationally and globally.


The Kansas City Fed regularly monitors the economic impact of manufacturing plants and their activity, including production, shipments, and price changes of raw materials and finished products.

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Tips compiled from previous Teacher Talk Planners have been consolidated into Bite-Size Economics, which can easily be integrated into K-12 classrooms through reading, problem solving, social studies, and language arts, as well as economics, personal finance and career prep courses. Check out Bite-Size Economics linked below.

  • External Link2010-2011 Bite-Size Economics: These tips were taken from the 2010-2011 Teacher Talk Planner and can help students understand fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost, incentive, market, entrepreneur, and more.
  • External Link2012-2013 Bite-Size Economics: These tips were pulled from the 2012-2013 Teacher Talk Planner and focus on activities related to economic concepts and their opposites like wants vs. needs, costs vs. benefits, profit vs. loss, shortage vs. surplus, asset vs. liability, and so on.