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Last Updated: 09/23/09

News Release

Fourth Annual Wisconsin Money Smart Week® October 10-17


CHICAGO—Hundreds of free classes and events that help consumers learn to manage their personal finances will be offered October 10-17 throughout the state during Wisconsin's third-annual Money Smart Week ®.


The week is coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which serves most of Wisconsin as well as Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, and the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy. It is designed to educate consumers about money management and generate awareness of financial education available on a wide range of topics such as saving, investing and using credit wisely.


"Wisconsin leads the nation when it comes to promoting financial literacy and Money Smart Week is our biggest success," said Governor Jim Doyle. "I urge all Wisconsin citizens to take advantage of its many opportunities to build financial skills. Our whole state economy benefits from money smart people. I thank the organizations and individuals who have worked on this third annual campaign for their excellent efforts."


Roughly 500 classes, seminars and activities will be carried out by representatives of local community groups, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, government agencies and media outlets.


Almost all of the activities are free and are being held in towns and counties throughout the state, including Dane County, Dodge County, Eau Claire area, Fond du Lac County, the Fox Cities area, Green Bay area, Kenosha County, La Crosse County, Manitowoc County, Milwaukee area, Northwest Wisconsin area, Sheboygan County, Washington County, Wausau area and Winnebago County.


"We're proud of the fact that the Chicago Fed has been at the forefront of financial education for nearly a decade," said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans. "We are making available hundreds of educational offerings to help teach those throughout Wisconsin how to better manage their finances and navigate these tough financial times."


Money Smart Weeks are currently held on different dates throughout the year in Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. For information about these Money Smart Weeks held throughout the Midwest, please go to www.moneysmartweek.org 


Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Background

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, DC, make up the nation's central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the 7th Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the entire state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

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