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Economic Gardening: A Homegrown Approach to Growth
How effective are economic development strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses? Todd Johnson at Gallup and Dell Gines at the Kansas City Fed explore the successes and challenges associated with this approach.

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Partnership Works to Reduce Poverty
Partnership Works to Reduce Poverty 4/17/2014 - The Florida Prosperity Partnership, a statewide coalition, links community organizations, state and local governments, and financial institutions to support residents' financial health. Here's a look at some of the organization's achievements.

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Answer the Call...for Papers
The Federal Reserve invites paper submissions for the 2015 Community Development Research Conference, which will take place next April 2–3 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for abstracts in three broad categories—families, communities, and the economy—is September 8.

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Online Tool Aids Atlanta Policymakers, Community Members
While the city of Atlanta is an attractive place to live and work, many low-income people have not shared in that prosperity. A new web mapping tool provides data to enhance regional planning and help inform policy.

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Crowdfunding for Community Development
Because the labor market remains weak by historical standards, the central bank needs to continue some of its "extraordinary steps" to spur the economy, said Fed Chair Janet Yellen in a recent speech. She also discussed keeping interest rates low to help the recovery.

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Fed Chair Yellen: Fed Will Continue to Support Labor Market
Because the labor market remains weak by historical standards, the central bank needs to continue some of its "extraordinary steps" to spur the economy, said Fed Chair Janet Yellen in a recent speech. Partners Update provides highlights of her remarks.

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Atlanta Fed Cohosts National Microbusiness Conference
Join advocates from across the country to learn about resources available to very small firms. The New Orleans event will take place May 5-7.

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Evolution of the Ecosystem: State Workforce Development Agencies
State workforce development agencies are crucial in deploying federal funding related to job training and placement. In this Economic Development podcast, Rich Hobbie of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Burt Barnow of George Washington University explore how these agencies are evolving as funding streams change.

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Plan to Attend Conference on Generation Y's Financial Well-Being
Young adults face many economic challenges as they pay off student loans, compete for good paying jobs, and set up households. A St. Louis Fed conference in May will examine some cutting-edge research on those challenges.

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UNITY Coalition Tackles Homelessness in New Orleans
Despite limited resources, UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a coalition of 60-plus local agencies, permanently housed over 500 chronically homeless people last year. Learn how the coalition achieved that success in an article highlighting best practices in the Southeast.

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