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Competition to Incentivize Community Change: Working Cities Challenge
The Working Cities Challenge seeks to spur collaborative leadership in Massachusetts's smaller cities and help improve low-income residents' quality of life. Prabal Chakrabarti, at the Boston Fed, and Jessica Andors, at Lawrence Community Works, discuss the initiative.

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Take In-Depth Look at the Fed's Community Development Work
What are the latest trends in community development? This call-in session will introduce FedCommunities.org, which hosts digital resources from the 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. Partners Update discusses the benefits to users.

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Conference Will Share Innovative Practices in Community Development
Plan to attend the Shift Innovation Conference this September, hosted by the Kansas City Fed. Sessions will focus on using technology to connect with underserved communities, cultivating entrepreneurship and small business, and enhancing community leadership.

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A Fresh Look at Small Business Conditions
Some 60 percent of small firms got most or all of the credit they applied for, a significant improvement over last year, according to the Atlanta Fed's first-quarter Small Business Survey. Here's a look at the survey results.

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Measuring What Matters: Tracking Success in Economic Development
How can economic development practitioners best measure and track their strategies' outcomes? Tim Chase, of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, and Swati Ghosh, of the International Economic Development Council, discuss their research findings on assessing success.

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The Power of Collective Impact
The economic and social challenges that affect the geographically large, diverse Appalachia region are too complex for an individual organization to address. Over 200 local and regional funding entities have formed the Appalachia Funders Network to make a greater impact.

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Limiting Property Tax Assessments to Slow Gentrification
Though some cities plan to reduce or freeze property tax assessments for long-time homeowners, a recent Atlanta Fed blog suggests that property taxes are not a significant driver of neighborhood change.

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Best Practices in Workforce Development
Strong, well-functioning linkages between employers and a pipeline of local workers can be difficult to establish. The Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council exemplifies how collaborative regional partnerships can facilitate career pathways for local workers and also address industry's workforce needs.

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