March/April 2012

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March/April 2012


Lend an Ear: Reassessing Mortgage Lending

Skill Mismatches within Job Sectors

The Jobs Picture in the Recovery

Rethinking Workforce Development

April 26 Webinar Focuses on Online Tools for Consumers

April 20 Deadline: Small Business Owners Survey

April 25 Webinar Highlights Remittances

May 1: Growing Economies in Indian Country Summit

"Right Sizing" Efforts Can Have Community Benefit

SE Experts Discuss Implications of Constrained Budgets

Immigration Myths Unveiled

Recent Fed Board Study on Mobile Banking

Academic Discusses Proposal for New Public-sector Jobs

Regional Community Land Trust Conference in Durham, North Carolina

Online Compendium Focuses on Employment and Related Topics

Lecture Series Features Fed Chairman

March 21: Strategic Use of Data to Transform Community Investment



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Updated April 25, 2012
mortgage Debunking a Popular Myth about Mortgage Lending
4/25/2012 - Though some people may think the federal government created modern long-term amortized mortgage products during the Great Depression, the author of a recent Atlanta Fed Real Estate Research blog refutes that notion.
construction The Structure of the Structural Unemployment Question
4/25/2012 - What types of worker and skills mismatches are affecting the country's recovery from the most recent economic downturn? An Atlanta Fed macroblog considers this question.
unemployment Who Is the Most Unemployed? Factors Affecting Joblessness
4/25/2012 - What demographic groups were hardest hit by the 2007–2009 recession, and how have these groups fared in the recovery? A recent EconSouth article discusses this issue.
workforce development Everything Must Change: Rethinking Workforce Development
4/24/2012 - Traditional workforce development approaches may require restructuring to address current economic conditions and demographic shifts. A recent EconSouth article highlights some issues to consider in tailoring workforce development programs to meet the needs of local employers.
webinar Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Interactive Tools Featured in April 26 Webinar
4/24/2012 - Interactive informational tools offered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau such as Ask CFPB and the College Cost Comparison Tool will be featured in a webinar on Thursday, April 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is free, but an RSVP is required.
small business Participate in the Atlanta Fed Small Business Owners Survey
4/18/2012 - The Atlanta Fed would like to hear about southeastern small business owners' experiences and outlooks about business conditions and the credit environment. The survey will be open through April 20. Take the survey here.
globe Join Remittances: Protecting Consumers Who Are Sending Money Home Webinar
4/18/2012 - A free webinar on Remittances: Protecting Consumers Who Are Sending Money Home considers the important role that access to safe, secure money transfer products has on connecting immigrants to mainstream financial services. Join the webinar April 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Register, and learn more about the FedGlobal product.
Native American worker Growing Economies in Indian Country Summit Will Be Broadcast Live
4/18/2012 - The summit will focus on the challenges and opportunities for economic growth in Native American communities and will be broadcast live May 1. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are hosting the event.
subdivision Shrinking Cities and Right Sizing in the Southeast
4/11/2012 - Some Southeastern cities have seen population declines in the last few decades. Communities facing these conditions may turn to strategies focused on "right sizing" or "smart decline," which emphasize improving the quality of life for current residents rather than attracting new ones.
southeastern states Southeast Communities Respond to Tightened Fiscal Conditions
4/11/2012 - Recently, the Atlanta Fed's Community and Economic Development outreach team interviewed experts across the Southeast on how local communities are responding to reduced state and local budgets. What impact is that having on households and communities in the region?
image of people with American flag Immigration Myths Unveiled
4/5/2012 - Take everything you know about immigration...and throw it out the window. Sounds drastic, but University of Southern California Professor Dowell Myers argues that most of our commonly held assumptions about immigration are wrong, and he'll tell you why.
binary code dollar sign Federal Reserve Board Report Shows Widespread Growth in Mobile Banking
3/23/2012 - Mobile banking is a growing trend among consumers, according to recent findings from a Federal Reserve Board report. The online survey of nearly 2,300 people explores the widespread use of mobile technology to access a bank account, credit card, or other financial account.
conference Can the Jobs Gap Be Filled through Temporary Public-sector Positions?
3/21/2012 - Philip Harvey, professor of law and economics at Rutgers University, discusses how his proposed direct job creation program would create temporary public-sector jobs, and in the process, help reduce unemployment.
conference Register for the April 17–18 Southeast Community Land Trust Conference
3/14/2012 - The Southeast Community Land Trust conference will be held April 17–18 in Durham, North Carolina. Conference attendees will participate in educational sessions and tour two Community Land Trust models. Plan to attend this regional event!
human capital Fed's Human Capital Compendium a Valuable Resource on Labor Market Dynamics
3/14/2012 - The Federal Reserve Human Capital Compendium is a free, online repository that provides one-stop access to resources focused on issues such as labor market dynamics, unemployment, job creation and retention, workforce development, and important demographic analysis.
Fed Chair Bernanke A Teachable Moment: Chairman Bernanke Will Deliver Lectures
3/14/2012 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak on the history and role of the Federal Reserve in a four-part lecture series. The talks will be at 12:45 p.m. EST on March 20, 22, 27, and 29 and broadcast via live webcast.
conference March 21 Session on Creative Use of Data for Community Investment
3/14/2012 - Join community development practitioners from around the country at 2 p.m. EST March 21 for a Federal Reserve System call-in session on Strategic Use of Data for Transforming Community Investment. Register for this interactive session and Q&A.