Omaha Branch News

Events in Northeast Nebraska feature discussions on the economy

October 21, 2019 | Economic Forums

As part of a tour through Northeast Nebraska, which included an Economic Forum in Norfolk, Omaha Branch staff shared updates on the economy and learned about local economic conditions. 

Norfolk Economic Forum presentations available

October 17, 2019 | Economic Forums

Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman provided a U.S. and Nebraska Economic Update and Economist Cortney Cowley provided an Agricultural Economic Update at the October 17 Economic Forum in Norfolk. 

More Young Out-of-Staters Moving to Nebraska

October 10, 2019 | Nebraska Economist
In recent years, households and students have chosen to relocate in Nebraska at a slightly faster pace in pursuit of education and economic opportunity.  Read the latest issue of the Nebraska Economist to learn more about the state's economy. 

Omaha Branch installs new sculpture downtown

June 01, 2019 | Branch News
The three-piece sculpture will provide a visually engaging connection to the Federal Reserve and personal finance concepts, while also contributing to the artistic landscape of the city. Learn more. 

Student Board recognized at pinning ceremony

May 30, 2019 | Branch News

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year Omaha Student Board of Directors met monthly to learn about topics related to the Federal Reserve and their role in the economy. The program concluded  May 23 with a pinning ceremony to recognize the participating students. Read more

Forums spur exchange of economic insights

May 16, 2019 | Branch News
During two recent Economic Forums hosted by the Omaha Branch in Kearney and La Vista, Kansas City Fed President Esther George and Omaha Branch Executive Nathan Kauffman shared updates on the regional and national economies with business, banking, community leaders, and educators. Read more. 

Faster growth: Larger, less crowded locations thriving

May 08, 2019 | ten
Jordan Rappaport, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, researched population and employment growth nationwide. Omaha is a Tenth District location growing faster in population and employment than projected. Read more. 

80 years ago, Omaha Branch staff took part in city's 'Golden Spike' celebration

May 08, 2019 | ten

In 1939, to mark the 70th year since completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, employees at the Kansas City Fed’s Omaha Branch dressed in period costume for “Golden Spike Days.” Read more. 

About the Omaha Branch

April 22, 2019 | Fact Sheet
Staff at the Omaha Branch support the Fed's three mission areas of monetary policy, supervision and regulation of financial institutions, and financial services. Learn more about our focus areas.

100 Years Serving Nebraska

September 04, 2017 | Centennial
On Sept. 4, 1917, the Omaha Branch opened its doors as the first branch location for the Kansas City Fed and only the third branch in the entire Federal Reserve System. Learn about our history and about our focus areas today.

About the Omaha Branch

Money Blomes

The Omaha Branch welcomed a new public art installation this summer by Nebraska native Jake Balcom. The piece titled "Money Blomes" is located just west of 20th and Farnam and the Rose Theater.

The concept for the sculpture is "green and growing," which signifies the Kansas City Fed’s link to the economy, money and personal finance. The Money Blomes themselves feature three modern flower blooms that range from 9 to 12 feet in diameter. 

The 12 points on the blooms represent the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks that are located throughout the United States. The three stems are various heights and symbolize the growth of money through saving and investing, and the numerous intersecting lines reflect the interconnectedness of money and the economy on everyday lives. 

For more information on economic education, check out our free resources for educators, bankers, and consumers on the Kansas City Fed education page.

Nebraska Economic Forums

Economic Forums are an opportunity for the Kansas City Fed to share insights on the economy and also learn about local economic issues in our region. They include presentations from the Kansas City Fed on key regional economic issues and national trends, as well as an update on monetary policy objectives and concerns. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

Presentations and information from past Nebraska Economic Forums 

Norfolk Economic Forum
October 17, 2019
Agricultural Economic Update
by Cortney Cowley
U.S. and Nebraska Economic Update
by Nathan Kauffman

Omaha/La Vista Economic Forum
May 9, 2019
Speakers: Nathan Kauffman and Esther George

Kearney Economic Forum
April 5, 2019
Speakers: Nathan Kauffman and Esther George

Scottsbluff/Gering Economic Forum
May 8, 2018
Economic Development Update
by Dell Gines
U.S. and Nebraska Economic Outlook
by Nathan Kauffman

Lincoln Economic Forum
March 8, 2018
Speakers: Nathan Kauffman and Esther George

Omaha Economic Forum
September 7, 2017
Speakers: Nathan Kauffman and Esther George

Broken Bow Economic Forum 
June 27, 2017
Speaker: Nathan Kauffman

Scottsbluff/Gering Economic Forum
August 21, 2016
Nebraska Economic Outlook
by Nathan Kauffman
The U.S. Economic Outlook
by George Kahn

York Economic Forum
April 7, 2016
The Outlook and Monetary Policy
by Esther George
Nebraska Economic Outlook
by Nathan Kauffman

Kearney Economic Forum
November 12, 2015
U.S. Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy
by Jonathan Willis

South Sioux City Economic Forum
May 12, 2015
Regional Economic Update
by Nathan Kauffman

Lincoln Economic Forum
March 26, 2015
Nebraska Economic Update
by Nathan Kauffman



The Omaha Branch Turns 100

The Omaha Branch opened on Sept. 4, 1917, as the first branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Since then, the Omaha Branch has served as a local connection to the nation's central bank. Learn about the history of the Omaha Branch and how it has evolved over the years with the following resources. Additional information and a photo gallery are available on the Omaha Branch Centennial page

Omaha Fed Office Turns 100: Serving Main Street and the Broader Community
TEN Magazine | by Jennifer Clark

Always Been a Banking Town: Omaha's Bid to Become a Federal Reserve Bank Location
TEN Magazine | by Tim Todd

A History of the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by Tim Todd

Staff at the Kansas City Fed's Omaha Branch:

- Provide insight and analysis on Nebraska's economy.

- Lead research on the agricultural economy for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Federal Reserve System.

- Work with Nebraska educators, students and the public to promote economic and financial education and increase understanding of the Federal Reserve.

- Support community economic growth among low and moderate income and disadvantaged communities through research, resources and relationships with stakeholders in the areas of housing, workforce, small business development and community investments. 

- Promote a safe, stable and competitive banking system through the supervision and regulation of financial institutions while also providing proactive outreach to state member banks and bank holding companies.

- Host Economic Forums and speak to groups across the state to provide insights on the regional and national economy. 

- Meet with community and business leaders to learn about local economic conditions and gather diverse perspectives on the economy. 

View the Omaha Branch fact sheet 


Oct 17, 2019 | Agricultural Economic Update

By Cortney Cowley

Oct 17, 2019 | U.S. and Nebraska Economic Update

By Nathan Kauffman

Aug 26, 2019 | Central U.S. Economic Outlook

By Nathan Kauffman

Aug 20, 2019 | U.S. Agricultural Economic Outlook

By Nathan Kauffman

May 22, 2019 | U.S. & Nebraska Economic Update

By Nathan Kauffman

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