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Dec. 13, 2013

Bank Leaders Visit Charlotte

Rick Kaglic, Kartik Athreya and Matthew Martin of the Richmond Fed listen to Chris Paynter (second from right) of Central Piedmont Community College.

By Pamela Stallsmith

Richmond Fed leaders recently spent time in Charlotte, N.C., for the latest regional economic forum, part of the Bank’s ongoing effort to learn more about the Fifth District and to promote better understanding of who we are and what we do.

The visit, which took place in early November, focused on workforce development and the area’s economy. Bank leaders visited Siemens Energy, Central Piedmont Community College and Johnson C. Smith University. We held roundtable discussions to learn more about the region’s energy industry and how colleges and business leaders are working together to train students for today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs.

President Jeff Lacker spoke about workforce development  to a luncheon of Charlotte-area business leaders and also discussed the importance of what we learn through these regional forums in an interview with The Charlotte Observer.

The Richmond Fed began holding regional economic forums in 2007. In 2013, we focused on cities where the Richmond Fed has branches — in May, Bank leaders visited Baltimore and learned about cybersecurity, healthcare and 3-D printing.

 “These visits allow us to build mutually beneficial relationships with business and community leaders across the Fifth District,” said Matthew Martin, senior vice president of Outreach and Charlotte regional executive.  “We learn what’s on their minds, and in turn they learn about us and the important work we do on behalf of America’s economy.”

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