09/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2021 06:36
The Federal Reserve System is continuing its Fed Listens initiative this year with a focus on communities' economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. All 12 Reserve Banks are participating, and the Richmond Fed's event will be held on October 5 at 10 a.m. in Lynchburg, Virginia.
While Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin and participating community leaders will gather in person for the discussion, it will be available to the general public via livestream on the Bank's YouTube channel on that morning.
Panelists who represent a broad swath of the community will join Barkin to explore how the workforce and labor market in Lynchburg have been impacted by the pandemic. They also will discuss how businesses and families are adjusting, among other topics.
"Our conversation with community leaders will aid our understanding of how this region is sustaining itself during the lingering pandemic and what types of solutions can help aid residents' economic and social recovery," said Renee Haltom, the Richmond Fed's regional executive for Virginia and convener of the program, in partnership with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.
The organizations represented at the event will include VA Career Works - Central Region, The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, SHARE Greater Lynchburg, the Small Business Development Center - Lynchburg Region and the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.
The Fed Listens program is being hosted in conjunction with the Bank's two-day visit to the Lynchburg region for its ongoing Community Conversations programming through which Bank leaders engage with communities to learn about their well-being and challenges, explore potential partnerships and share economic updates.