Oklahoma City Branch News
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some unique dynamics in Oklahoma’s housing sector as many residents are spending more time in their homes. On one hand, even as higher unemployment, consumer caution and business restrictions wreaked havoc on some sectors in 2020, Oklahoma home sales, prices and construction boomed. At the same time, housing insecurity, past-due mortgages and risk of eviction have increased for other Oklahomans. This edition reviews these diverging trends and where they may be heading.
The Oklahoma City Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank held its first Virtual Economic Forum on Oct. 20, 2020. Chad Wilkerson, Branch executive and economist presented an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the already softening energy and agriculture sectors. To view the video recording of the presentation please click here.
The survey monitors energy firms located and/or headquartered in the Tenth District, with results based on total firm activity nationwide. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of energy activity, including drilling, capital spending, and employment. Firms also indicate projections for oil and gas prices. All results are diffusion indexes – the number of firms indicating increases minus the number of firms indicating decreases.
Oklahoma City Branch Turns 100
The Oklahoma City Branch opened on August 2, 1920, as the third branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Since then, the Oklahoma City Branch has served as a local connection to the nation's central bank. Learn about the history of the Oklahoma City Branch and how it has evolved over the years with the following resources. Additional information and a photo gallery are available on the Oklahoma City Branch Centennial page.
View a Centennial Message from Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and then visit the centennial page to see the city's proclamation of August 2, 2020 as Federal Reserve - Oklahoma City Branch Centennial Day.
A Centennial Message from Oklahoma City Branch Executive Chad Wilkerson
Oklahoma City Branch 100 - A Natural State Pride: The Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by Tim Todd
From the Vault: A Century of Employment Growth
Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma and the Federal Reserve’s Formative Years
by Chad Wilkerson
Oklahoma Social Study Standards and Federal Reserve Lesson Plans
The Federal Reserve Bank offers free, downloadable lessons that match up with the new Oklahoma Social Studies Standards. We've made it easy with a grade by grade outcomes/lesson rubric. Feel free to download these lessons to share with your students, whether in class or remotely.
Link to our lessons using the grade range below. Some lessons may indicate a different grade range but they can be adapted to work for your associated grade level.
NEW - What Makes a Senator?: Life and Legacy of Robert L. Owen
Download this free lesson to share with your middle and high school students about Sen. Robert L. Owens and the Federal Reserve Act and how it changed America.
What Makes a Senator?: Life and Legacy of Robert L. Owen
Engage with sources detailing Robert Owen’s history with the state of Oklahoma and the life experiences that led to his policies and beliefs as one of the sponsors of the Federal Reserve Act. Students will be able to form their own thoughts on the historical events and settings that Owen lived through as a lawyer, newspaperman and eventually as a US Senator. Through the activities and readings on Owen and his economic, social and political beliefs, students will be able to critically think about their own experiences in relation to the history of the United States during and following the Progressive Era.
To view the lesson as taught at the Oklahoma Summer Social Studies Conference, please click here.
Student Board of Directors
To learn more about our Student Board of Directors program, and to apply for a position on the 2020-2021 Online Student Board please follow this link.
Nov 12, 2020 | Trends in U.S and Oklahoma Economies - Price Edwards
Oct 20, 2020 | Oklahoma Economic Forum
Sep 30, 2020 | Trends in U.S and Oklahoma Economies - Moore Rotary
Staff at the Kansas City Fed's Oklahoma City Branch:
- Provide insights and analysis on Oklahoma’s economy.
- Lead energy research and business surveys for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
- Work with Oklahoma educators, students and the public to promote economic and financial education to increase understanding of the Federal Reserve.
- Support community economic growth through research and resources for bankers, economic developers, non-profits and small business owners.
- Partner with Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition to provide programs focused on economic education and personal finance for students, educators and the low- and moderate-income community.
- Meet with and speak to community and business organizations about economic conditions in the state and gather information and insights about diverse perspectives on the economy.
- Promote a safe, stable and competitive banking system through the supervision and regulation of financial institutions.
Public Affairs and Media Relations: Pam Campbell, Public Affairs Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic and Financial Education: Leslie Baker, Public Affairs Specialist | email@example.com
Community Development: Steven Shepelwich, Senior Community Development Advisor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Requests: www.kansascityfed.org/research/speeches/speakerrequestform.cfm