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Data Points Episode 43 - Understanding the Fed

The Federal Reserve is a key part of the US financial infrastructure. But how does it work? And how does it make decisions using data the affects local, state, and federal government agencies and millions of Americans?

In this episode, we discuss all that and more as we talk with Shannon McKay, the Community Development Research Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shannon’s has a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT and at the Fed Branch in Richmond she manages research and publications on topics including data and mapping, small business lending, and workforce development. Throughout the episode we discuss her work with local financial data in her region, how the Federal Reserve impacts and tracks local workforce development, and how local governments can get involved.

To learn more about the Federal Reserve and related items we talked about, check out the links below.

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