Community Conversations


Oct 15, 2019

The Ecosystem of Community Development in the Southeast: A View from the Fed

At the 10th annual Purpose Built Communities Conference, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic and Egbert Perry, chairman of the Integral Group, discussed the ecosystem of community development organizations, considering the unique assets and opportunities of each: conference attendees, community developers, housing developers, educators, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Reserve System. Bostic and Egbert urged attendees to collectively help communities develop.

Jul 18, 2019

A Visit to Tennessee - July 18, 2019

President Bostic spent time in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he spoke at the Chamber of Commerce's Power Breakfast Series; met with local government, business and community leaders; and toured the Hankook manufacturing facility. Look at photos from the visit.

Jul 16, 2019

Fed Listens: A Community Listening Session in Augusta, Georgia - July 16, 2019

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta president Raphael Bostic and Federal Reserve governor Michelle Bowman moderated two panels comprised of Augusta business and community leaders to learn about how the economy is working for them and their constituencies in Augusta. This listening session was the Atlanta Fed’s installment in the Fed Listens series being held across the country as part of the Federal Reserve's review of monetary policy practices, and you can read a summary of the discussions. While in Augusta, Bostic and Bowman toured downtown Augusta to see the historical sites as well as numerous revitalization efforts under way. The day ended with a tour of the Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing school (RPM) and Textron Specialized Vehicles. 

Jul 09, 2019

Employment, the Workforce, and Work Transformation

President Bostic and former Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart recently conversed on such topics as the future of central banking, economic inequality, sustainable investment, global governance, and the role of technology in employment and education. They spoke at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Foundation's international gathering at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the OMFIF Foundation, the Centre For Macroeconomics, the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, and the Olin School of Business cohosted the event.

Jun 25, 2019

Panel Discussion about the State of the Nation's Housing

President Bostic spoke on a panel at the release event for Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies 2019 State of the Nation's Housing report. Other panelists were Chris Herbert, managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity; and Carol Tomé, chief financial officer for Home Depot. Moderating the panel was Amy Scott, Marketplace's senior correspondent covering housing.

Jun 21, 2019

Learning about Barriers to Economic Resilience

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta research director Dave Altig spoke to a group of Nashville Chamber of Commerce attendees speaking about how benefits cliffs impede human capital development and the accompanying economic mobility. Look at photos from the visit.

Jun 05, 2019

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum: A Conversation with Dr. Raphael Bostic

President Bostic shared his thoughts on housing affordability and income mobility in a conversation with Egbert Perry, chairman and CEO of Integral, and Lisa Y. Gordon, president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Bill Bolling, the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum's founder, moderated the discussion.

May 29, 2019

Assessing the Global Economy: An Insider's Look

Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated a discussion at the 2019 HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta. Participating in the discussion were Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz, former president of the World Bank and American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar, and Ambassador Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and chairman of the Andrew Young Foundation.

May 23, 2019

Technology-Enabled Disruption: Implications for Business, Labor Markets, and Monetary Policy

Watch the Policymaker Roundtable at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas May 22–23, 2019. The discussion featured Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic along with Richmond Fed president Tom Barkin, San Francisco Fed president Mary C. Daly, and Dallas Fed president Robert S. Kaplan. Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times moderated the discussion.

Apr 05, 2019

Disruption & Opportunity: Shaping Policy in a Digital World

On April 5, President Bostic spoke to students and faculty at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and then sat down for an armchair chat with Ambassador Andrew Young. Watch the video.

Apr 03, 2019

A Conversation with Fed Presidents

At the American Bankers Association Washington Summit, President Bostic spoke on a panel with Kansas City Fed president and CEO Esther George and Richmond Fed president and CEO Tom Barkin. Watch the video.

Mar 28, 2019

Prosperity for All: Closing Atlanta's Wealth Gap

Atlanta Fed president and CEO Raphael Bostic participated in a panel discussion with Goodwill of North Georgia president and CEO Keith Parker, City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Metro Atlanta Chamber president and CEO Hala Moddelmog. The panel was moderated by WABE's Rose Scott.

Mar 04, 2019

A Tour of Eastern Alabama

President Bostic spent time in eastern Alabama, where he toured an Opportunity Zone project in Heflin, visited a workforce development program in St. Clair County, had lunch with students at Jacksonville State University, met with local government, business and community leaders, and toured the Anniston Army Depot. Look at photos from the visit here.

Mar 01, 2019

Atlanta Fed President Discusses Policymakers' Perspective

At a conference of the National Association for Business Economics, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic discusses his perspective on monetary policymaking, the role of data in formulating monetary policy, and the Fed's approach to communicating its strategy.

Feb 21, 2019

Bostic Speaks on Monetary Policy

President Raphael Bostic described the Federal Reserve's responsibilities and dual mandate for the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business Speaker Series. He also talked about his travels throughout the Southeast and his observations of the varying economic realities facing people in the region.

Feb 15, 2019

Workforce Development: Driving Economic Mobility and Resilience

President Bostic spoke at the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama annual meeting about why effective workforce development is essential to economic mobility and resilience. During his day in Birmingham he also spoke to students at Miles College held a roundtable to discuss workforce dynamics and innovation as instruments to expand access to effective health care. Watch videos of the speech and the student talk, and look at photos from the visit.

Jan 07, 2019

Armchair Chat at the Rotary Club of Atlanta

President Raphael Bostic spoke with Dennis Lockhart, former Atlanta Fed president, on January 7 at the Rotary Club's annual event. Bostic spoke about the national and Atlanta economies with Lockhart, then took questions from the audience. Watch the video and look at the photos.

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