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Federal Reserve Bank publishes multimedia account of official visit to Eastern Kentucky in early 2017


Federal Reserve officials, including Fed Governor Lael Brainard, traveled more than 100 miles in two days during a tour of eastern Kentucky earlier this year, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has published a multimedia account of the places they visited, the people they met, and the lessons they gathered.

Among those visited were a charitable foundation, homegrown entrepreneurs and artists, an institute focused on training leaders, and a new homeowner. The Cleveland Fed’s website offers maps, photo galleries, community development lessons from Kentucky, and insights into why Federal Reserve officials toured the region.

Much of eastern Kentucky is very rural, including the communities officials visited: Winchester, Berea, and Emlyn. The region faces big economic challenges due to its rural character.

Creating job opportunities, ensuring access to credit for underserved communities, and broadening the reach of affordable housing are three of the aims discussed by Kentuckians, staff from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Dr. Lael Brainard of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

While the Federal Reserve is better known for monetary policy and banking regulation, the US central bank also works to promote economic growth and stability in low- and moderate-income communities across the country through its community development programs. Fed officials routinely meet with stakeholders where they live to witness how Americans are experiencing the economy.

This trip to Kentucky was Brainard’s 10th trip as a Federal Reserve governor to areas with concentrated poverty.

“Trips help me understand the enormous variety of ways that Americans in different communities around the country are experiencing the economy,” Brainard explains. “Who’s thriving? Who’s encountering challenges?”

Read “On the Ground in Eastern Kentucky.”

To arrange an interview with one or more of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland officials who toured Kentucky, contact june.a.gates@clev.frb.org.

Eastern Kentucky is one part of the region the Cleveland Fed serves. That region also includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


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