Partners (Winter 2000)

Changing Financial Markets & Community Development
The Capital Hilton, Washington, DC, April 5–6, 2001

Federal Reserve System's Second Community Affairs Research Conference. Keynote speaker: Chairman Alan Greenspan. Papers presented and topics discussed: Evaluating CRA, Predatory Lending, Credit Scoring v. Judgement, Wealth Creation/Asset Building, Unbanked & Alternative Financial Services. For further information, please contact Sibyl Howell at (404) 498-7242.

An Appalachian Awakening
MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, Kingsport, TN, April 26, 2001

This important conference is designed to provide practical models and tools that can be used to find and create jobs that are a “right-fit” for rural communities. Participants will be introduced to strategies for developing a ready workforce to fill these jobs. It is no secret that workforce development skills are fundamentally important in maintaining competitiveness in an increasingly technology-based world economy.

A survey completed by the National Commission on Entrepreneurship cited “access to top quality personnel as the single most important factor to start or expand a company in the region.” Rural communities are often at a disadvantage when competing with the amenities of urban areas that attract a younger and more technologically skilled workforce. In addition, infrastructure concerns are frequently seen as obstacles to companies considering relocating.

Practitioners from universities, nonprofit organizations, and micro-enterprise and technology fields will present practical models and strategies for workforce development and sustainable community building during the day.

Sponsored by the Community Affairs Offices of the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Cleveland, and Richmond, this conference has been rescheduled to better meet your needs.

For more information, call Sibyl Howell at (404) 498-7242.

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