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By Caroline Beetz Fenske       February 3, 2021

A panel of experts advocated for a range of critical actions to address the digital divide in a virtual Project Hometown event on January 28, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Events in this series are part of a broader effort by the Chicago Fed to help our communities overcome the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and bring about a more inclusive recovery. In opening ... Read More

By Caroline Beetz Fenske       December 23, 2020

The goal of the December 18 event, “Indianapolis After the Covid-19 Pandemic,” was to hear from a cross section of Indianapolis leaders on their efforts to open the economy in a way that is inclusive and creates resiliency for the future, explained Garvester Kelley, regional program lead for community and economic development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This virtual discussion was... Read More

By Kathy Cobb       December 21, 2020

The Chicago Fed hosted the 34th Annual Economic Outlook Symposium (EOS) virtually on December 4. Chief economists and senior executives from the banking, auto, steel, and machinery industries provided their perspectives on the economy and the long road to recovery from the pandemic. This blog post summarizes the morning sessions, which focused on participants’ economic outlooks for 2021 and b... Read More

By Kathy Cobb       December 21, 2020

The Chicago Fed hosted the 34th Annual Economic Outlook Symposium (EOS) virtually on December 4. This blog post summarizes the two afternoon panels. First, representatives of auto, steel, and oil discussed their respective industry outlooks. And second, panelists focused on the impact of Covid-19 on their economic sectors: transportation, commercial real estate, state governments, and nonprof... Read More

By Kathy Cobb       December 4, 2020

Two themes were repeated by the featured speaker and three panelists at the Chicago Fed’s December 1 virtual conference on changes in our food system: Covid-19 has had an impact on how we shop and eat now and perhaps into the future. However, regardless of the pandemic, new consumer expectations are affecting the entire agricultural ecosystem. Disruptions caused by Covid-19 have al... Read More

By Caroline Beetz Fenske       December 04, 2020

A virtual panel on visions for Milwaukee's future was held on December 1 as part of the Chicago Fed's Project Hometown series. Jeremiah Boyle, assistant vice president and managing director of community and economic development at the Chicago Fed, moderated the discussion. Boyle has a long-term connection to Milwaukee that continues today. Boyle's daughter is a senior at the University of Wiscons... Read More

By Susan Longworth       December 3, 2020

The Chicago Fed hosted the Seventh Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness during the week of November 16, 2020. The virtual event kicked off with a conversation about the impact of Covid-19 on the economy between Anna Paulson, director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Austan Goolsbee, the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Bo... Read More

By Ketan B. Patel       November 30, 2020

In this blog post, we investigate changes in margin at CCPs during the market stress of 2020:Q1 to show how reactive CCP funding demands were to the increase in market volatility. “Save for a rainy day.” This famous old idiom is often used to encourage people to save money in good times in order to better manage through future, unforeseen difficult times. After the global Financial ... Read More

By Caroline Beetz Fenske       November 24, 2020

Can Wisconsin Rapids reinvent itself once again? This was the central question raised at the November 18 Project Hometown virtual panel moderated by Steven Kuehl, senior advisor on community and economic development at the Chicago Fed. The paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids closed indefinitely on July 31 after 116 years of continuous operation, explained Kuehl. “The pandemic precipitated a sudden a... Read More

By Caroline Beetz Fenske       November 17, 2020

Leaders from government, business, the health sector, and the philanthropic community held a virtual discussion on November 12th on the economic, social, and public health challenges facing Detroit and Michigan as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, was the moderator of the community forum. This forum is part of the Chicago Fed’s... Read More

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