CAO's Note: Welcome to the New Online Community Connections

October 28, 2013
By Tammy Edwards, Vice President, Community Development

Keeping abreast of technology helps ensure that our research, resources and programs remain relevant and accessible to our stakeholders.

The Kansas City Fed takes pride in keeping stakeholders abreast of the economic conditions that affect the low- and moderate-income populations within the Tenth Federal Reserve District.

We do that through our research, relationship building and forums, and by sharing information through our publications.  And we realize the importance of keeping abreast of technology to ensure that our programs and information remain relevant and accessible.

This latest issue of Community Connections reflects this commitment.

The new online platform allows users to more easily access specific stories relevant to their needs. The newsletter also has gone from a quarterly to a bi-monthly publication, to ensure information remains timely. The changes respond, in part, to a readership survey conducted earlier this year.

Focusing on economic and community development

What hasn’t changed is our focus on new research and promising practices in economic and community development.

For example, Senior Economist Kelly Edmiston explains that mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates have recently fallen in most areas of the Tenth District and the nation.

A new energy-efficient, urban contractor incubator, reportedly one of the first in the nation, promises to be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization by mentoring small business contractors.

 Also read about a Forum on Community Development that highlighted the Bank’s key focus areas, research and initiatives. You can view video presentations from the forum by clicking on the provided link.

And enjoy our regular features, such as an interview with Natalie Shirley, president of Oklahoma State University—Oklahoma City, who talks about the challenges facing state universities.

Continue to visit our website,, follow us on Twitter, @KansasCityFed, and link to our Pinterest account,, for access to a wealth of information. Please contact me at with your comments or suggestions.