Omaha Branch News

100 Years Serving Nebraska

September 04, 2017
Centennial On Sept. 4, 1917, the Omaha Branch opened its doors as the first branch location for the Kansas City Fed and only the third branch in the entire Federal Reserve System. Learn about our history and about our focus areas today.

Explore the History of the Omaha Branch

August 02, 2017
Centennial As the Omaha Branch nears 100 years of service to the state of Nebraska, learn about the Branch's history and how it has evolved over the past century. Visit the Omaha Branch Centennial page to find resources and view a photo gallery of the Omaha Branch through the years. 

Register Now to Attend an Economic Forum in Omaha on Sept. 7.

July 26, 2017
Economic Forum Join us for an Economic Forum in Omaha on Sept. 7. The event will feature an update on the U.S. economy and monetary policy from Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George and a discussion on Nebraska's economy from Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by Sept. 1. Click here to learn more and register

Now Accepting Community Development Advisory Council Applications

July 19, 2017
Announcement The Kansas City Fed is accepting applications from community, banking, and economic development leaders in Nebraska for the Bank's Community Development Advisory Council. The CDAC advises Bank leadership on current developments and emerging issues in community and economic development. Applications are due by 5 p.m. CT on August 15. The application is available  here

Broken Bow Economic Forum Explores Many Facets of Rural Communities

July 11, 2017
Economic Forum The Omaha Branch hosted an Economic Forum on June 27 in Broken Bow. Omaha Branch staff also met with business, banking and community leaders to hear about the local economy and share research and resources from the Federal Reserve. Click here to learn more about the Forum and related events in Broken Bow.

Nebraska's Exports Strong, But Concentrated

June 30, 2017
Nebraska Economist Nebraska’s export-based industries recently have been on solid footing, though exports are also highly concentrated among a few trading partners and one major industry.

About the Omaha Branch

The Omaha Branch Turns 100

The Omaha Branch opened on Sept. 4, 1917, as the first branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Since then, the Omaha Branch has served as a local connection to the nation's central bank. Learn about the history of the Omaha Branch and how it has evolved over the years with the following resources. Additional information and a photo gallery are available on the Omaha Branch Centennial page

Omaha Fed Office Turns 100: Serving Main Street and the Broader Community
TEN Magazine | by Jennifer Clark

Always Been a Banking Town: Omaha's Bid to Become a Federal Reserve Bank Location
TEN Magazine | by Tim Todd

A History of the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by Tim Todd

Nebraska Economic Forums

Economic Forums are an opportunity for the Kansas City Fed to share insights on the economy and also learn about local economic issues in our region. They include presentations from the Kansas City Fed on key regional economic issues and national trends, as well as an update on monetary policy objectives and concerns. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

Upcoming Nebraska Economic Forums

September 7, 2017
Speakers: Kansas City Fed President Esther George and Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman
Additional information and registration 

Presentations and information from past Nebraska Economic Forums 

Broken Bow Economic Forum 
June 27, 2017 | Broken Bow, NE

Nebraska Economic Outlook
by Nathan Kauffman
August 21, 2016 | Scottsbluff/Gering, NE

The U.S. Economic Outlook
by George Kahn
August 21, 2016 | Scottsbluff/Gering, NE

The Outlook and Monetary Policy
by Esther George
April 7, 2016 | York, NE

Nebraska Economic Outlook
by Nathan Kauffman
April 7, 2016 | York, NE

U.S. Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy
by Jonathan Willis
Nov. 12, 2015 | Kearney, NE

Regional Economic Update
by Nathan Kauffman
May 12, 2015 | South Sioux City, NE

Nebraska Economic Update
by Nathan Kauffman
March 26, 2015 | Lincoln, NE


Staff at the Kansas City Fed's Omaha Branch:

- Provide insight and analysis on Nebraska's economy.

- Lead research on the agricultural economy for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Federal Reserve System.

- Work with Nebraska educators, students and the public to promote economic and financial education and increase understanding of the Federal Reserve.

- Support community economic growth among low and moderate income and disadvantaged communities through research, resources and relationships with stakeholders in the areas of housing, workforce, small business development and community investments. 

- Promote a safe, stable and competitive banking system through the supervision and regulation of financial institutions while also providing proactive outreach to state member banks and bank holding companies.

- Host Economic Forums and speak to groups across the state to provide insights on the regional and national economy. 

- Meet with community and business leaders to learn about local economic conditions and gather diverse perspectives on the economy. 

View the Omaha Branch fact sheet


Feb 15, 2017 | Statement Before House Committee on Agriculture

By Nathan Kauffman

Nov 29, 2016 | Ag Finance Conditions

By Nathan Kauffman

Nov 15, 2016 | Economic Outlook

By Nathan Kauffman

Nov 10, 2016 | Uneven Economic Growth

By Nathan Kauffman

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