These recent resources from the 12 Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors may help to inform your work as community development practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. For a complete list of Fed System resources relevant to the community and economic development field, please visit

Small City Economic Dynamism
The Atlanta Fed introduces a new resource on small cities. It offers interactive, engaging features to help practitioners and policymakers understand local economic conditions.

Identifying Opportunity Occupations in the Nation's Largest Metropolitan Economies  (PDF document 8 MB)
The report identifies good-paying jobs in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas for workers who have less than a four-year college degree. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Cleveland, and Philadelphia collaborated on the findings.

  • Infographic (PDF document 392 KB): This one-page infographic describes the report's findings.

Community Development Data Guidebook
The San Francisco Fed's Community Development Data Guidebook provides information on a variety of community development data resources, divided by topic area, along with a practical application of how to retrieve the data and suggestions on how to conduct appropriate analysis.

Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up?
This booklet from the Atlanta Fed describes how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) affects the way banks and thrifts serve their communities' credit needs. It outlines factors that regulators use to rate a bank's CRA performance and tells where to find information on a bank's rating.

Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations
This publication provides a road map of best practices in community development and a healthy communities framework that highlights the types of investments that are valuable both to financial institutions and their target communities. It also includes reference guides for ensuring planned CRA activities meet regulatory requirements and a template for how financial institutions can tell their CRA story.

Investing in What Works for America's Communities
This compilation of essays published by the San Francisco Fed and the Low Income Investment Fund highlights entrepreneurial solutions for addressing poverty. Authors include leading experts from across the country in community and economic development, academia, government policy, health, and philanthropy.

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities
With 90 percent of the world's data generated in just the past two years, this book from the San Francisco Fed and the Urban Institute challenges policymakers, funders, and practitioners across sectors to seize this new opportunity to revolutionize our approaches to improve lives in low-income communities. It provides a road map for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, increase employment, and build stronger and more resilient communities.