Omaha Branch News

Metro Nebraska Propels State Economy, but Some Disparities Persist

December 22, 2016
Nebraska Economist Nebraska’s economy has continued to move forward, but not all parts of the state have been moving at the same pace. Despite some recent softening, metro areas have been driving most of the gains in Nebraska’s economy over the past year, as rural areas have slowed alongside a softer farm economy. 

Evening at the Fed and Conversation with the Chair

December 02, 2016
Economic Education Educators are invited to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s first town hall for teachers held in conjunction with the annual Omaha Branch Evening at the Fed. The event will include remarks and a Q & A session with Chair Yellen via video conference followed by an economic update by Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman.

Omaha Branch welcomes 2016-2017 Student Board of Directors

November 23, 2016
Economic Education The Student Board of Directors program provides students the opportunity to learn about the nation's central bank while also exploring workforce and college readiness skills. Learn more and meet the 2016-2017 Omaha Branch Student Board members. 

Omaha Branch hosts Financial Education Day

October 21, 2016
Economic Education The Omaha Branch partnered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration to host Financial Education Day for students from Omaha Bryan High School. The program focused on workforce readiness, and students had the opportunity to participate in mock interviews. Learn more about our economic education resources

Investment Connection: Omaha

August 30, 2016

Learn about new and existing community and economic development projects in the market at Investment Connection on September 21, 2016. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Presentations are now available from the Scottsbluff/Gering Economic Forum

August 23, 2016
Economic Forum The Omaha Branch hosted an Economic Forum in Gering on Aug. 23. Nathan Kauffman provided an update on Nebraska's economy. The presentation is now available hereGeorge Kahn discussed the U.S. economy. Click here to view that presentation. 

Diverging Economic Growth in Nebraska

June 29, 2016
Nebraska Economist Economic growth in Nebraska has become increasingly unbalanced. At first glance, the state’s economy appears solid, with a low unemployment rate, steady increases in wages and strengthening real estate markets. A closer look, however, reveals some industries are growing while others are less robust. 

About the Omaha Branch

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. 

Presentations from past Nebraska Economic Forums 

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

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


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

Aug 23, 2016 | Nebraska Economic Outlook

By Nathan Kauffman

Jul 7, 2016 | Agriculture's Business Climate

By Nathan Kauffman

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