Fall 2012

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Fall 2012 issue

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Heat in the Heartland

For many across the nation, the current drought evokes comparisons to the late 1980s, or even the 1950s, when drought slashed U.S. crop production and sent food prices soaring.
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The Changing Policy Landscape

The symposium presented a range of perspectives on the challenges facing policymakers in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the changing policy landscape in which they now operate.
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Making a Connection

The Kansas City Fed’s program Investment Connection brings together community and economic development organizations, funders and bankers to establish new relationships in an effort to boost economic development.
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Creating success

Many manufacturers in the Great Plains region have found success in both domestic and international markets while manufacturing overall in the United States still struggles to grow jobs and strengthen production following the recent recession.

Summer 2012

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Summer 2012 issue

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Investing in healthier neighborhoods

Investing in houses has a measureable spillover effect in helping to reverse neighborhood blight in urban areas. Research shows that new construction or rehabilitation of existing housing, often by community development corporations, significantly increases the appreciation of nearby homes.
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Labor on the mend

The labor force participation rate took a bigger drop during the last recession than any other four-year period in the last 60 years.
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Paying on the go

Much of the technology the world market uses for mobile payments was developed by American-based companies, but few Americans use the payment method. Compared with Asian markets, America’s mobile payments effort is still in its infancy.
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Broad Representation, Regional Roots

The regional Fed directors serve as a conduit between their local communities and the nation’s central bank, offering insight and counsel on the economy drawn from their own expertise and contacts.

Spring 2012

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Spring 2012 issue

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Finding a Place

Older, highly educated workers and men make up most of the population finding new employment since the recession. Some economists say the recession only emphasized a workforce trend that began before the labor market crashed in 2009.

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Going Down

Millions of people have gone back to work since the labor recovery began, but the job creation occurred in the private sector. Public sector jobs continue to decline due to a slow recovery in tax revenue streams.

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2011 Annual Report

Listings of the Kansas City Fed officers, directors, advisory councils, roundtable groups and more, including a look at the organization’s inner workings.

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2011 Report to Congress

The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), established in late 2010 as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, continues a long tradition of diversity at the Kansas City Fed. During its first full year of existence in 2011, the OMWI enhanced the Kansas City Fed’s ongoing inclusion efforts in three areas: people, practices and partnerships.

Winter 2012

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Winter 2012 issue

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Ten Magazine cover story

Clipping Costs

Household wealth in the Tenth Federal Reserve District decreased in the aftermath of the housing bust and stock market decline. The change prompted many families to cut costs within the household budget.

Caught in the Grind

Caught in the Grind

Research shows that in the past couple of years traditional banks shied away from small business loans even with federal recovery incentives, forcing many startups and expanding small businesses to seek alternative financial help.
Survey of Community institutions

Survey of Community institutions

Community banks play an important role as a financial liaison and as an economic barometer within the community.

Lu Córdova, former Deputy Chair

Broad representation, Regional Roots

The regional Fed directors serve as a conduit between their local communities and the nation’s central bank, offering insight and counsel on the economy drawn from their own expertise and contacts.