Oklahoma City Branch News

Oklahoma Economist: Housing: Bright Horizon or Cloudy Future?

January 05, 2021 | Q4 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some unique dynamics in Oklahoma’s housing sector as many residents are spending more time in their homes. On one hand, even as higher unemployment, consumer caution and business restrictions wreaked havoc on some sectors in 2020, Oklahoma home sales, prices and construction boomed. At the same time, housing insecurity, past-due mortgages and risk of eviction have increased for other Oklahomans. This edition reviews these diverging trends and where they may be heading.

Tenth District Services Activity Dipped Slightly

December 18, 2020
The survey provides information on several indicators of activity including sales, revenue, employment and capital spending, while identifying changes in prices of input materials and selling prices. Survey participants represent a variety of industries, including retail and wholesale trade, automobile dealers, transportation, information, high-tech and professional services, real estate, education, restaurants, health services, tourism and other services firms.

Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Expanded Further

December 17, 2020
The survey monitors manufacturing plants selected according to geographic distribution, industry mix and size. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of manufacturing activity, including production and shipments, and identify changes in prices of raw materials and finished products.

Oklahoma Economic Forum

October 20, 2020

The Oklahoma City Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank held its first Virtual Economic Forum on Oct. 20, 2020.  Chad Wilkerson, Branch executive and economist presented an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the already softening energy and agriculture sectors. To view the video recording of the presentation please click here.

Tenth District Energy Activity Stabilized Somewhat but Job Cuts Continued

October 09, 2020

The survey monitors energy firms located and/or headquartered in the Tenth District, with results based on total firm activity nationwide. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of energy activity, including drilling, capital spending, and employment.  Firms also indicate projections for oil and gas prices. All results are diffusion indexes – the number of firms indicating increases minus the number of firms indicating decreases.

Centennial Message from Chad Wilkerson

July 31, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. As Branch Executive Chad Wilkerson guides the Oklahoma City Branch into its next 100 years, hear what he has to say about the branch, its employees and their legacy and dedication serving Oklahomans. For more information about the centennial visit our website dedicated to the past 100 years.

Oklahoma Economic Snapshot

June 12, 2020

Keep up-to-date with Oklahoma’s economy and the Tenth Federal Reserve District as new economic data is released.

Oklahoma City Branch Turns 100

The Oklahoma City Branch opened on August 2, 1920, as the third branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Since then, the Oklahoma City Branch has served as a local connection to the nation's central bank. Learn about the history of the Oklahoma City Branch and how it has evolved over the years with the following resources. Additional information and a photo gallery are available on the Oklahoma City Branch Centennial page.

View a Centennial Message from Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and then visit the centennial page to see the city's proclamation of August 2, 2020 as Federal Reserve - Oklahoma City Branch Centennial Day.

A Centennial Message from Oklahoma City Branch Executive Chad Wilkerson

Oklahoma City Branch 100 - A Natural State Pride: The Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by Tim Todd

From the Vault: A Century of Employment Growth
Ten Magazine

Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma and the Federal Reserve’s Formative Years
by Chad Wilkerson

Oklahoma Social Study Standards and Federal Reserve Lesson Plans

The Federal Reserve Bank offers free, downloadable lessons that match up with the new Oklahoma Social Studies Standards. We've made it easy with a grade by grade outcomes/lesson rubric.  Feel free to download these lessons to share with your students, whether in class or remotely.

Link to our lessons using the grade range below.  Some lessons may indicate a different grade range but they can be adapted to work for your associated grade level.

Pre-K through 2nd grade

3rd grade through 5th grade

6th grade through 8th grade

9th grade through 12th grade

For more lessons and economic and personal finance tips, check out https://www.kansascityfed.org/education and https://www.federalreserveeducation.org/

NEW - What Makes a Senator?: Life and Legacy of Robert L. Owen

Download this free lesson to share with your middle and high school students about Sen. Robert L. Owens and the Federal Reserve Act and how it changed America.

What Makes a Senator?: Life and Legacy of Robert L. Owen

Engage with sources detailing Robert Owen’s history with the state of Oklahoma and the life experiences that led to his policies and beliefs as one of the sponsors of the Federal Reserve Act. Students will be able to form their own thoughts on the historical events and settings that Owen lived through as a lawyer, newspaperman and eventually as a US Senator. Through the activities and readings on Owen and his economic, social and political beliefs, students will be able to critically think about their own experiences in relation to the history of the United States during and following the Progressive Era.

To view the lesson as taught at the Oklahoma Summer Social Studies Conference, please click here.

Student Board of Directors

To learn more about our Student Board of Directors program, and to apply for a position on the 2020-2021 Online Student Board please follow this link.


Oklahoma City Branch Board of Directors

The Oklahoma City Branch has a Board of Directors that provides insight on local economic conditions and advises and counsels the Branch executive. To learn more, watch The Role of the Reserve Bank Director.

Staff at the Kansas City Fed's Oklahoma City Branch:

  • Provide insights and analysis on Oklahoma’s economy.

  • Lead energy research and business surveys for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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

  • Support community economic growth through research and resources for bankers, economic developers, non-profits and small business owners.

  • Partner with Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition to provide programs focused on economic education and personal finance for students, educators and the low- and moderate-income community.

  • Meet with and speak to community and business organizations about economic conditions in the state and gather information and insights about diverse perspectives on the economy.

  • Promote a safe, stable and competitive banking system through the supervision and regulation of financial institutions.

View the Oklahoma City Branch fact sheet

Branch Contacts

Public Affairs and Media Relations: Pam Campbell, Public Affairs Director | pam.campbell@kc.frb.org

Economic and Financial Education: Leslie Baker, Public Affairs Specialist | leslie.baker@kc.frb.org

Community Development: Steven Shepelwich, Senior Community Development Advisor | steven.shepelwich@kc.frb.org

Speech Requests: www.kansascityfed.org/research/speeches/speakerrequestform.cfm