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The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was established in 1914, after the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913. The Eighth Federal Reserve District is headquartered in St. Louis and has branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.

The District includes all of Arkansas and portions of six other states: Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The St. Louis Bank serves most of eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

As one of the 12 regional Reserve banks in the Fed System, the St. Louis Fed is central to America's economy. All of the Reserve banks share some degree of similar duties. But because the banks are independent of one another, each has some specialized assignments and tasks that distinguish it. The St. Louis Bank’s five most-critical functions can be described as follows:

  • We promote stable prices and economic growth.
  • We foster a sound financial system.
  • We provide payment services to financial institutions.
  • We support the U.S. Treasury's financial operations.
  • We advance economic knowledge, community development and fair access to credit.

The St. Louis Fed is a logical venue for this conference as it is well-known for providing high quality economic content:

  • FRED, an interactive data tool with access to over 200,000 economic time series, from a single platform, in a single format
  • ALFRED, an interactive repository of vintage economic data. FRED is ALFRED for today. ALFRED is data from the past.
  • FRASER, a digital library and archive, a resource for over 70,000 economic and Federal Reserve publications, statistical releases, policy documents, and archival materials
  • IDEAS, a bibliographic database of over 1.5 million economic publications, with over 1.3 million freely available on the internet. This is the Web’s largest economic bibliographic archive, and provides many tools for users, including the widely-utilized rankings of authors and institutions.
  • EconLowdown, our economic education program, provides tools for teaching economics and personal finance in grades K-14 using a variety of interactive approaches.

This collection of resources allows students, professors, researchers, and others to access information and data about nearly all facets of economics and economic concepts.