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Mar 24, 2021

Tackling an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development engagement team launched the Inclusive and Resilient Recovery initiative to support strategies for a more inclusive and resilient economic recovery. Partners Update reflects on the ongoing webinar series and the goals of this initiative.

Feb 10, 2021

Financial Resilience Challenges during the Pandemic

The history of discriminatory policies leaves many Black and Hispanic people less resilient in the face of the economic shock caused by the pandemic. Partners Update examines this history's connections to household financial resilience.

Jan 14, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Supporting Small Businesses for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - January 14, 2021

Speakers from organizations that support small businesses and entrepreneurship discussed the challenges these businesses are facing during the pandemic. For instance, many small businesses of color were unable to tap government programs like the Paycheck Protection Program because they lacked an existing relationship with a bank. Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated the discussion.

Jan 14, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Supporting Small Businesses for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - January 14, 2021

Speakers from organizations that support small businesses and entrepreneurship discussed the challenges these businesses are facing during the pandemic. For instance, many small businesses of color were unable to tap government programs like the Paycheck Protection Program because they lacked an existing relationship with a bank. Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated the discussion.

Jan 08, 2021

Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act: An Overview of the Federal Reserve Proposal - January 8, 2021

This Atlanta Fed webinar provided an overview of the Federal Reserve's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. Officials from the Atlanta Fed's Supervision, Regulation, and Credit and community and economic development teams discussed highlights of the ANPR, explained how to submit public comments before the February 16 deadline, and answered questions from listeners.

Dec 30, 2020

Tackling Racial Equity through Community Development

Focusing on the role structural racism plays in our economy and society, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, and Minneapolis launched the Racism and the Economy series. Partners Update reflects on emerging lessons from the series and what it means to use data and expertise to inform policymakers.

Dec 01, 2020

Ask Us Anything Series: Using Labor Market Data to Drive Workforce Strategies - December 1, 2020

Insights from labor market data can help the workforce system prepare job seekers for the COVID-19 recovery. Nikhil Patel, a partner with McKinsey & Company; Karin Kimbrough, chief economist at LinkedIn; and Matt Sigelman, CEO of software analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, discuss the use of big data and trends that are likely to influence the job market in 2021.

Nov 12, 2020

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Virtual Panel Discussion on What Inclusive Recovery Means to the Southeast - November 12, 2020

Speakers from PolicyLink, Hope Enterprise Corp., Liberation in a Generation, and the Urban Institute shared their organizations’ visions of an inclusive economic recovery, particularly for communities of color. David Jackson of the Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development group moderated the discussion.

Nov 12, 2020

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Virtual Panel Discussion on What Inclusive Recovery Means to the Southeast - November 12, 2020

Speakers from PolicyLink, Hope Enterprise Corp., Liberation in a Generation, and the Urban Institute shared their organizations' visions of an inclusive economic recovery, particularly for communities of color. David Jackson of the Atlanta Fed's Community and Economic Development group moderated the discussion.

Oct 22, 2020

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Virtual Roundtable on Inclusive and Equitable Community Development Recovery Strategies for Practitioners - October 22, 2020

In the webinar, Atlanta Fed staff discussed their research and demonstrated the Bank's housing-related data tools. City officials from Birmingham and New Orleans spoke about local programs created in response to the COVID-19 recession and how they are working toward an inclusive and equitable recovery in their communities.

Oct 22, 2020

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Virtual Roundtable on Inclusive and Equitable Community Development Recovery Strategies for Practitioners - October 22, 2020

In the webinar, Atlanta Fed staff discussed their research and demonstrated the Bank's housing-related data tools. City officials from Birmingham and New Orleans spoke about local programs created in response to the COVID-19 recession and how they are working toward an inclusive and equitable recovery in their communities.

Oct 14, 2020

Ask Us Anything Series: Financial Innovations in the Workforce System - October 14, 2020

Angela Jackson, a partner with New Profit, a philanthropic organization; Jason Tyszko, vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Tracy Palandjian, chief executive and cofounder of the nonprofit group Social Finance, discuss new financing tools used by public-private partnerships to provide technical skills training for the underemployed and other vulnerable populations.

Sep 23, 2020

Ask Us Anything Series: Workforce and Economic Development Innovations—Midwest Urban Strategies Spotlight - September 23, 2020

Coordinated efforts produce positive results. This webinar examines how Midwest Urban Strategies—a consortium of 13 workforce development boards from cities extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Wichita, Kansas—shares best practices and pools resources to address community needs.

Aug 26, 2020

Ask Us Anything Webinar on Childcare as a Key Community Development Priority - August 26, 2020

Childcare is a critical need for working families, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to the industry. This webinar discusses the importance of childcare to economic resilience and outlines employment policies that can support working families.

Aug 05, 2020

Ask Us Anything Webinar on Racial Equity and the Future of Workforce Development - August 5, 2020

Bill Rodgers, chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, and Claire Minson, assistant vice president for talent and workforce at the New Orleans Business Alliance, provide an overview of differences in employment and economic outcomes for people of color and outline workplace practices that can advance racial fairness.

Jul 08, 2020

Ask Us Anything Webinar on the Importance of Job Quality in Recovery - July 8, 2020

Janice Urbanik, senior director for innovation and strategy at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and Sarah Kalloch, executive director of the Good Jobs Institute, discuss what it means to offer a quality job, how the workforce development field can help advance quality employment, and strategies that can be deployed to improve opportunities.

Jun 03, 2020

Guidance on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and COVID-19

The banking agencies have released frequently asked questions related to the Community Reinvestment Act and coronavirus. Learn about this expanded guidance in Partners Update.

May 05, 2020

Protecting Vulnerable Populations from COVID-19

COVID-19 is having disproportionate health and economic impacts on racial and ethnic minority, low-income, low-wealth, and rural residents. Partners Update examines research on tracking the spread of the virus to protect vulnerable citizens.

Apr 14, 2020

Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our community and economic development team conducted a virtual listening tour to collect real-time economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis in low- and moderate-income communities and the organizations that serve them. Read Partners Update for a discussion of the findings.

Dec 23, 2019

Anchor Institution Strategies in the Southeast: Working with Hospitals and Universities to Support Inclusive Growth

Anchor institutions such as universities and hospitals can help drive inclusive economic development in their communities. The author examines efforts to launch anchor institution strategies in New Orleans, Atlanta, and the Miami area.

Apr 24, 2019

Event: Financial Innovations Roundtable: Aligning Capital, Training, and Economic Mobility

This roundtable included an interactive set of discussions on improving the flow and effectiveness of capital in workforce development and training systems. Participants included thought leaders and innovators from across the workforce development and community development finance sectors as well as partners from philanthropy, banking, and business. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in partnership with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Richmond, and the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire cohosted the event.

Nov 23, 2018

Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships Adobe PDF file format

The publication documents eight community development financial institution (CDFI) partnership models and details the challenges CDFI partnerships face as the industry develops. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Richmond collaborated on the publication.

Nov 23, 2018

Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) provide affordable financial services to people and businesses in underserved communities. A recent Fed publication provides case studies on eight CDFI partnership models. Learn more in Partners Update.

Nov 09, 2018

Event: Investing in America's Workforce Book Launch

Leaders from business, policy, foundation, nonprofit, education, and research sectors discussed themes from the book Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers. The Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Atlanta cohosted the event.

May 14, 2018

Register for the Reinventing Our Communities Conference

Join other community development professionals at the 2018 event. You will learn strategies for investing in financial, human, physical, and social capital to create opportunities for communities. Register in Partners Update.

Apr 24, 2018

Apply for Community Advisory Council Membership

The Federal Reserve Board seeks individuals who want to serve on the Community Advisory Council. Learn more about the council in Partners Update.

Apr 12, 2018

Event: Growing Regional Food System Opportunity: Capital and Beyond

The event examined health, equity, and the economic impact of community food production. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Community and Economic Development group, Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation, Self-Help Credit Union, and Food Well Alliance cohosted the event in Atlanta.

Mar 26, 2018

Webinar Will Probe Quality Jobs

The Kansas City Fed presents the third webinar in a series on high-quality jobs for lower-wage workers. The April 26 session will feature panelists' research perspectives on developing these jobs, says Partners Update.

Mar 02, 2018

Engaging Banks in Workforce Development

Participate in a two-part webinar series to learn how workforce development organizations and banks can partner to improve economic opportunity for workers. Register for the sessions in Partners Update.

Feb 14, 2018

Investments in Low-Income Communities

The recent tax bill created a new incentive for investing in distressed communities. Learn about the Opportunity Zone Program in Partners Update.

Dec 06, 2017

Bridging the Health-Community Development Divide

Community development and health professionals often work with the same residents in separate silos, but that is beginning to change. Partners Update previews a paper on emerging health-community development partnerships in the Southeast.

Dec 04, 2017

Can Community Development Improve Health? Emerging Opportunities for Collaboration between the Health and Community Development Sectors

Health and community development professionals are learning to collaborate to address the social determinants of health. The author investigates promising partnerships in the Southeast in this first of a two-part series.

Nov 06, 2017

Event: Advancing Health and Community Development Partnerships

The event explored how health and community development professionals are learning to collaborate. Participants represented a variety of sectors, including health care, public health, community development, housing, government, and research. The Build Healthy Places Network, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Georgia Health Policy Center cohosted the event, which was held in Atlanta during the national American Public Health Association Conference.

Aug 10, 2017

Event: CDFI Forum: Bank Partnerships

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency cohosted a forum in Orlando, Florida, to explore priorities, opportunities, strategies, regulatory issues, and other topics affecting community development financial institution loan funds in Florida. The Opportunity Finance Network and the CDFI Fund at U.S. Treasury were partners on the event.

Jul 11, 2017

A New Look at Economic Dynamism of Small Cities

Examine the economic trajectory of small and midsized cities with our updated index. Partners Update details new features and findings for practitioners who work in or with these cities.

Apr 28, 2017

Register for Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality

The Cleveland Fed's 2017 summit looks at transforming regional economies. Register for the June 22-23 event in Partners Update.

Apr 25, 2017

Financing Affordable Housing with the LIHTC

Financing affordable housing is a growing challenge in the Southeast. Partners Update discusses the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program that supports construction and rehab of affordable housing.

Feb 14, 2017

Economic Mobility: Research & Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities & the EconomyOff-site link

This Board of Governors and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis publication includes selected papers that were presented at the ninth biennial Federal Reserve System's Community Development Research Conference. The essays explore a range of issues and concepts central to understanding how—and how well—people are able to move economically.

Feb 14, 2017

An Introduction to CRA YouTubeOff-site link

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) encourages banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities they are chartered to serve, including the low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in those areas. This video explores the CRA's provisions and how regulators evaluate a bank's CRA performance.

Feb 06, 2017

Exploring Atlanta's Community Development Landscape with Governor Lael Brainard

Fed Governor Brainard visited Atlanta neighborhoods with community and economic development and supervision and regulation team members. They met with community members and organizations to discuss local efforts, reports Partners Update.

Jan 01, 2017

Fed CommunitiesOff-site link

An online portal provides hundreds of community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors.

Oct 27, 2016

Following the Money: A Discussion of Community Development

Philanthropic grants have become an increasingly important source of revenue for many U.S. communities. A new episode of the Economy Matters podcast looks at a new Atlanta Fed tool to track where these grants go and the trends they depict. podcast

Sep 06, 2016

Following the Money

Foundation grants are an important source of funding in the CED field, but are small and economically distressed metro areas at a disadvantage? To find out, the Atlanta and Philadelphia Feds coauthored a paper and developed an interactive data tool to analyze grant funding across hundreds of U.S. cities.

Aug 29, 2016

Event: CDFI Banks in the Southeast: Embracing Opportunities and Addressing Challenges

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta hosted a forum in Jackson, Mississippi, to explore priorities, opportunities, strategies, regulatory issues, and other timely topics affecting community development financial institution (CDFI) banks in the Southeast.

Jul 26, 2016

Event: Promoting Access and Inclusion in ABLE Programs: New Opportunities for Savings, Financial Inclusion, and Economic Security for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families

The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis, the National Disability Institute and the ABLE National Resource Center, and Washington University’s Center for Social Development hosted a forum in Atlanta to bring together a select group of leaders in the financial, disability, and 529 savings communities.

Jul 22, 2016

The Quest for Durable and Inclusive Economic Growth

Data show a persistent widening of income inequality in this country. How can communities establish economic growth that is both strong and inclusive? Partners Update looks at a South Florida effort to improve prosperity for all and create a more resilient local economy.

Jun 23, 2016

The Big Dynamism of (Some) Small Metros

The Southeast's big cities are known around the world, but the region is home to far more small metropolitan areas, each with its own economic characteristics and demographic identity. The newest Economy Matters podcast discusses an Atlanta Fed tool that allows a convenient look at the economies of these cities.

Jun 09, 2016

The Small Cities Study Tour: Cedar Rapids' Economic Recovery

How can a small city that suffers a natural disaster recover economically? The small cities study tour stops in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to find out how the city rebounded after a 2008 flood in the second Partners Update article in a series.

Apr 29, 2016

The Federal Reserve: A Crucial Player in Informing Economic Development

How does the Fed engage in economic development across the country? Will Lambe of the Atlanta Fed and Daniel Davis of the St. Louis Fed discuss various Bank initiatives in the Economic Development podcast. podcast

Mar 17, 2016

Data Tools for Dynamic Communities

Mapping and data visualization tools can have significant applications in the community and economic development field. This Partners Update article examines two tools that help evaluate housing and transportation costs.

Feb 10, 2016

CDFIs Seek Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

Community development financial institutions have long faced challenges securing financing to assist low-income communities. One option is to become a Federal Home Loan Bank member to access additional funding sources. Partners Update discusses the membership process and new members in the Atlanta region.

Feb 03, 2016

The Small Cities Study Tour: Chattanooga's Comeback

How have some small cities forged a path to economic resurgence while others still languish? Representatives from several Federal Reserve Banks and place-based funders are on tour to find out. In this first Partners Update article in a series, they study a revitalized Chattanooga.

Jan 01, 2016

Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship-Based Economic Development for Local Communities Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link

The purpose of this ebook is to present an emerging model of economic development that focuses on using entrepreneurship and small business development as the primary tool to create community economic growth.

Dec 08, 2015

What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the NationOff-site link

Published by the San Francisco Fed in partnership with CFED, What It's Worth provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face. The book highlights the enormous creativity and innovation underway to improve financial well-being and provides concrete ways that nearly all sectors of society can implement proven and evolving solutions.

Nov 17, 2015

Small City Economic Dynamism Index

An interactive tool and data set that explores 400 small U.S. cities. The index enables policymakers and practitioners to examine local trends and compare cities across four measures of economic dynamism: demographics, economics, human capital, and infrastructure.

Nov 16, 2015

Event: Community Forum on Healthy Food Access

A discussion about local initiatives to improve healthy food access in the Atlanta area and innovative cross-sector partnerships to address food insecurity, create jobs, and revitalize communities. The Atlanta Fed, Bank of America Foundation, and Reinvestment Fund cohosted the event.

Oct 21, 2015

Leading, Lagging, and Left Behind: Identifying Metropolitan Leaders and Labor Market Outcomes

The percent of the population that gained a bachelor's degree or higher rose by 7.9 percentage points from 1990 to 2010. However, only 78 of 283 metro areas were above that 7.9 percentage point increase. The author examines four labor market outcomes in those 78 "leader metros."

Oct 16, 2015

Community Reinvestment Act: How Much Is It Worth in the Southeast?

Community development practitioners want to know how much banks are investing in a particular geography, as that information could help them "right-size" their strategy for bank partnerships. This second Partners Update article on the CRA provides an approximate figure for the Southeast.

Aug 24, 2015

Community Reinvestment Act: Geographies and Strategies in the Southeast

The Community Reinvestment Act helps drive significant investments into low- and middle-income communities, but not all communities benefit equally. This Partners Update article discusses where banks are motivated to act and provides a mapping tool to illustrate where particular banks engage in community development.

Jul 23, 2015

The Financing Experiences of Nonemployer Firms: Evidence from the 2014 Joint Small Business Credit Survey

Little is known about the financial lifecycle of nonemployer businesses, which are an important part of the U.S. economy. Do they obtain financing? If so, what is their source? A new paper in the Community and Economic Development Discussion Paper Series discusses findings from the 2014 Joint Small Business Credit Survey, focusing on the nonemployer firms.

Jul 02, 2015

View from the Field: Does Community and Economic Development Face Technical or Process Challenges?

Perhaps community and economic developers need a new song to sing—or so one conference presenter suggested. A new Partners Update article offers highlights from two recent conferences that addressed the need to create new approaches.

Jun 08, 2015

Economic Dynamism in Small Cities (Part 2): Migration, Commuting, New Firm Creation, and Population Density in Small Cities

The factors that contribute to economic dynamism in a small city can be elusive to define and measure. This Partners Update looks at some elements of small city economic dynamism that may contribute to growth and development.

Apr 14, 2015

Economic Dynamism in Small Cities

Many small cities are growing at faster rates than has occurred in decades. This Partners Update article examines factors that contribute to economically vital small cities.

Mar 23, 2015

The Role of Place-Based Initiatives in Community Development

As the name says, these initiatives are designed to concentrate investments in a specific location, and some couple infrastructure and human capital investments. This Partners Update article summarizes place-based initiatives, describes challenges for communities incorporating such a strategy, and discusses best practices.

Mar 19, 2015

Community Development Financial Institutions: Providing Capital for Revitalization

The lenders, also known as CDFIs, provide capital for affordable housing, small businesses, schools, health centers, and manufacturing facilities. This Partners Update article discusses CDFIs doing business in the Southeast.

Mar 12, 2015

Health and Community Development: Some Perspectives and Resources

In terms of health, the Southeast tends to trail behind other parts of the country, though efforts are under way to address these persistent challenges. This Partners Update article looks at resources generated in our region and by our Fed colleagues connecting health and community development.

Mar 05, 2015

The Arts Meet Community Development

The creative industries contribute about a million jobs to the U.S. economy with supporting industries offering millions more. Partners Update looks at the role the arts could play in the community development field.

Jan 23, 2015

Fed Survey Finds Firms Seeking Small Amounts of Credit

The survey looks at the financing needs of small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Partners Update provides a summary of the results.

Jan 08, 2015

Blog Further Explores the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

The EB-5 program was designed to attract foreign investment into economically distressed communities, but is it achieving that goal? A second blog post discusses some southeastern projects and raises several issues for community and economic developers to consider. Partners Update summarizes the findings.

Dec 04, 2014

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's CommunitiesOff-site link

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.

Nov 01, 2014

Community Development Data Guidebook Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link

The guidebook from the San Francisco Fed 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.

Oct 29, 2014

Blog Explores the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Community and economic developers are always looking for new ways to help revitalize economically distressed communities. The Atlanta Fed's Will Lambe looks at one rather novel program that could help; Partners Update summarizes the findings.

Oct 27, 2014

Looking Around the Corner: The Future of Economic Development

How can local economic development strategies evolve to address demographic changes, technological innovation, and increasing global competitiveness? Dan Gundersen, a former senior commerce official, and Rick Weddle, president of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, discuss the topic in an Economic Development podcast episode. podcast

Jul 23, 2014

Promoting Educational Attainment at the Local Level

Much of the wage growth in the United States over the last several decades has gone to the most productive (and highly educated) workers. A new Partners Update article looks at the implications for community and economic developers.

Jun 30, 2014

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 in an Economic Development podcast episode. podcast

May 22, 2014

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 in an Economic Development podcast episode. podcast

May 16, 2014

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, reports Partners Update.

May 12, 2014

Event: Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth and Opportunity

The sixth biennial Reinventing Older Communities conference explored how communities can grow and strengthen their economies by creating opportunities for all residents. The Philadelphia Fed sponsored the event.

Apr 28, 2014

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 in an Economic Development podcast episode. podcast

Apr 17, 2014

Partnership Works to Reduce Poverty

The Florida Prosperity Partnership, a statewide coalition, links community organizations, state and local governments, and financial institutions to support residents' financial health. Partners Update looks at some of the organization's achievements.

Apr 11, 2014

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. Partners Update looks at a new web mapping tool designed to enhance regional planning and help inform policy.

Mar 01, 2014

Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link

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.

Jan 27, 2014

Global and Local Reach: Gauging the Impact of Immigration

What are the economic development implications of immigration, and how can communities leverage immigrants as key workforce assets? Denny Coleman of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and Michael Iacovazzi-Pau of Greater Louisville Inc. discuss findings from a recent IEDC report in an Economic Development podcast.

Nov 29, 2013

Event: Opportunities and Challenges in Low- to Moderate-Income Communities: A Trialogue among Stakeholders

Lenders, regulators, and representatives of community-based nonprofit organizations met to discuss housing finance, general financial services, and small business lending, with a focus on low- to moderate-income households.

Sep 26, 2013

Equity-Driven Expansion: A Unique Model for Economic Development

Large-scale economic development strategies can help facilitate job opportunities for low-income and minority populations. Victor Rubin and Sarah Treuhaft at PolicyLink discuss their proposal that infuses economic inclusion into these strategies as part of the "Big Ideas for Job Creation" project.

Jun 24, 2013

In the Neighborhood: Where Economic and Community Development Meet

Disinvested areas of cities must often combine community and economic development efforts to achieve the goals of both. Rick Sauer and Lynn Martin Haskin of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations discuss how local institutions can support economic development at the neighborhood level.

Apr 11, 2013

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice

A diverse set of issues is shaping community development policy and practice. Nearly 350 participants explored research at the Fed's eighth biennial Community Development Research Conference. New ideas, approaches, and strategies for the community development industry and academic field were discussed.

Mar 22, 2013

Revitalizing Downtown through Entrepreneurship

Many cities support entrepreneurs as a way to create jobs, increase investment, and restore vitality, especially in the urban core. Ray Leach from JumpStart and Joe Marinucci of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance discuss how communities can create a thriving entrepreneur base through innovative approaches to support services and by reimagining partnerships among local organizations.

Dec 14, 2012

Why Connecting Economic and Workforce Development Matters

Christopher King, director of the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas's LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses how the country's shift to a knowledge-based economy has brought the fields of economic development and workforce development closer over the past 10 years.

Aug 28, 2012

Generating Jobs in Challenging Times: A Texas-Sized Story

How can a city create an attractive business climate and leverage its unique assets to gain and retain jobs? The Greater Houston Partnership's Craig Richard discusses an approach that has worked in his city to propel significant job growth despite the weak national recovery.

Aug 03, 2012

Federal Regulators Release the 2012 List of Distressed, Underserved Communities

The number of middle-income rural communities in the Southeast designated as distressed or underserved grew 45 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to federal banking regulators. Financial institutions will receive credit under the Community Reinvestment Act for revitalization or stabilization efforts in those areas.

Jul 26, 2012

Acting Locally: Interview with Community Development Executive Deborah Scott

Scott, executive director of Georgia STAND-UP, discusses critical issues for underserved communities and how her organization works with numerous partners to address key community and economic development issues.

Jul 18, 2012

From Textiles to Turnaround: A Tale of Two Cities

Many cities have experienced the contraction of a once-dominant industry. The Richmond Fed's Kim Zeuli examines two North Carolina cities—Concord and Eden—that lost their textile employment base and learned to adapt to changing conditions.

Jul 12, 2012

Increase in Mobile Banking Services an Opportunity for Unbanked Consumers

Kate Marshall Dole, an analyst at the Center for Financial Services Innovation, discusses the potential that mobile banking and payments represent for reaching the unbanked and underserved communities.

Jun 18, 2012

Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up?

This Atlanta Fed booklet 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.

Jun 18, 2012

Power in Partnerships: Addressing Workforce Development Challenges

Workforce development issues require collaboration across sectors and geographies. Damian Thorman, national program director at the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, discusses the importance of public, private, and philanthropic partnerships in addressing local and regional workforce challenges.

Jun 18, 2012

Federal Funding for State Small Business Programs

Don Graves of the U.S. Treasury Department discusses a new program designed to enhance small businesses, the State Small Business Credit Initiative.

Apr 11, 2012

Shrinking Cities and Right Sizing in the Southeast

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.

Apr 11, 2012

Southeast Communities Respond to Tightened Fiscal Conditions

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?

Mar 23, 2012

Federal Reserve Board Report Shows Widespread Growth in Mobile Banking

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.

Mar 21, 2012

Can the Jobs Gap Be Filled through Temporary Public-sector Positions?

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.

Feb 29, 2012

Harnessing Many Financing Sources to Benefit a Community

Two community development finance professionals discuss their strategies to support the expansion of a community health care center in a low-income neighborhood in New Orleans.

Feb 21, 2012

Tax Relief? An Innovative Proposal to Nurture New Entrepreneurs

Bob Friedman of the Corporation for Enterprise Development discusses how federal tax preparation assistance for new businesses and the self-employed could facilitate job creation.

Jan 01, 2012

Investing in What Works for America's Communities Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link

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.

Dec 19, 2011

Regional Innovation: When the Sum Is Greater than the Parts

Economic development practitioners can foster strategic collaboration among regional concentrations of firms and industries to support job growth and investment in their communities. John Fernandez, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, discusses how to develop and maximize the effectiveness of regional economic development strategies.

Nov 09, 2011

Event: Small Business and Entrepreneurship during an Economic Recovery

Participants discussed issues facing small businesses and entrepreneurs in the current economic environment. The Atlanta Fed, Fed Board of Governors, and Kauffman Foundation cohosted the event.

Oct 20, 2011

Land Banks: One Tool for Housing Market Recovery

Governor Elizabeth Duke discussed "lessons learned" from the financial crisis during a Federal Reserve Board forum on September 1. Duke also identified obstacles to the housing market recovery and explored possible solutions. One option, land banking, has a good track record in the Southeast.

Sep 08, 2011

Connecting CommunitiesOff-site link

Federal Reserve System webinar series provides a national audience with timely insights and information on emerging and important community and economic development topics.

Aug 31, 2011

Should CDFIs Join Your Job-Creation Team?

CDFIs (community development financial institutions) are playing a growing and evolving role in job creation across the country. Donna Gambrell, director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's CDFI Fund, discusses CDFIs and how they contribute to economic development in this second half of a two-part podcast.

Aug 31, 2011

Special Two-Part Podcast Explores the Role of CDFIs in Community Development Today

Communities underserved by traditional financial institutions may need innovative methods to access credit. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are important partners in community and economic development.

Aug 17, 2011

Giving Credit Where It Is Due: CDFIs in LMI Communities

Donna Gambrell, director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's CDFI Fund, describes how community development financial institutions differ from other financial institutions and discusses their impact on low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities in this first half of a two-part podcast.

Jun 29, 2011

View from the Top: New Perspectives on Familiar Concepts in Economic Development

Job creation and retention are top priorities for most communities across the nation and around the world. Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of the world's largest economic development membership organization, discusses how successful economic developers adapt to current issues, including the economic downturn, regionalism, and globalization.

Jun 24, 2011

Presentations and Papers from Three Recent Conferences Online

The Atlanta Fed cosponsored conferences on green development and green finance, community development research, and increasing stability in unbanked and under-banked communities.

Jun 09, 2011

The Economics of Green Building

Small improvements in the "sustainability" of buildings can have large effects on greenhouse gas emissions and on energy efficiency in the economy. In today's commercial real estate market, does it also make business sense to invest in the energy efficiency or "sustainability" of buildings?

May 18, 2011

New Economy, New Roles: Economic Development Organizations and Jobs

Economic development organizations must develop and execute job creation programs in today's difficult economy, even as their budgets are reduced. Denny Coleman, president and CEO of the St. Louis County Economic Council, discusses how local organizations can still add to the quantity and quality of local jobs.

May 04, 2011

Not Your Father's Factory Job: Manufacturing and Economic Development

Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, discusses the increasingly technical and specialized skills needed to support advanced manufacturing. These skills, he says, are creating a greater focus on working with business, industry, and educational partners to develop a better-skilled workforce.

Apr 13, 2011

Rethinking the Relationship of Health Care and Economic Development

Who will pay for health care? How should it be delivered? Even though these topics arouse considerable national debate, nearly all economic developers agree on one important point: health care creates jobs.

Mar 10, 2011

Strengthening the Green Foundation: Research and Policy Directions for Development and Finance | 11/09–10/2011

The conference investigated core issues surrounding green development and assessed the tools, challenges, and opportunities in financing this type of development. Tulane University's Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program and the Atlanta Fed’s Center for Real Estate Analytics cohosted the event.

Mar 02, 2011

Healthy Workforce=Competitive Advantage

Today, more companies consider the health of the local workforce when deciding where to locate or expand a business. Dr. Rhonda Medows, chief medical officer and executive vice president for UnitedHealth Group's public sector programs, discusses job trends and how economic developers can improve their communities' competitive advantage by improving the health of the workforce.

Feb 16, 2011

Ready to Work? The Long Term Impact of Child Health on Economic Development

Chronic illnesses, including diabetes and high blood pressure, contribute to worker absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased insurance costs to employers. Greater focus is being placed on preventive health care, including a closer look at children's health. Dr. Jay Berkelhamer, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses trends in child health and their implications for workforce development.

Feb 02, 2011

The Intersection of Medical Training and Economic Development

A critical shortage in medical professionals, especially in rural and low-income areas, is a challenge facing medical colleges. Dr. Wayne J. Riley, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, discusses the future of medical training and its implications for economic development.

Nov 02, 2010

On the Rebound: How Resurgent Cities Generate Jobs and Investment

Older cities once focused on manufacturing have faced declining fortunes for some time. Even with the economic recession adding new pressures to economic development strategies, some of these cities have managed to reinvent themselves into vibrant job centers. Dr. Yolanda Kodrzycki of the New England Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston discusses the lessons these resurgent cities have for other communities.

Oct 26, 2010

Event: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Recovery: A Focus on Job Creation and Economic Stabilization

The conference provided a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between small business and entrepreneurship and economic recovery. The Kauffman Foundation and Atlanta and Dallas Feds cohosted the event.

Sep 22, 2010

Three in One: Growing Jobs, Developing a Workforce, and Stabilizing Neighborhoods

Current economic conditions have inspired practitioners and policymakers to think more deliberately about the overlap between economic and community development. The combination of fewer local businesses, fewer jobs for residents, and increased foreclosure rates has hastened holistic, neighborhood-based approaches. Tony Cipollone, vice president for the Civic Sites and Initiatives of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, discusses how neighborhood-based economic and community development projects are working to create more vital and vibrant neighborhoods.

Aug 25, 2010

Jobs That Matter Most: Driving Economic Growth in New Orleans's Post Katrina Economy

Like many cities that have heavily depended on a few key industries, employment and workforce development have long been a challenge for New Orleans. But the economic and natural disasters of the past five years only exacerbated the situation. As New Orleans continues to rebound from Hurricane Katrina, job growth and a more resilient economy will depend on simultaneously leveraging historic industry assets while growing new ones. Dr. Allison Plyer, co-deputy director at the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, discusses the vital role of New Orleans's export industries from her recent report, Jobs that Matter Most: Regional Export Industries in the New Orleans Area.

Aug 04, 2010

Counting on Quality Jobs: Transforming the Economic Development Landscape

Creating quality jobs and rebuilding the middle class in a global, knowledge-driven economy requires new strategies, new partners, new goals, and new metrics of success. The role of economic developers has expanded to include everything from technology transfer to attracting retail that will expand a community's tax base. Putting this all together in an economic development strategy can be challenging. Dr. Shari Garmise, vice president for Knowledge Management and Development for the International Economic Development Council, discusses the findings and case studies compiled in the recent report "Creating Quality Jobs."

Jul 14, 2010

Revitalizing Urban Industrial Sectors: A Roadmap for Diversifying the Economic Base

Creating a broad range of high-quality jobs in the urban core is a daunting economic development challenge, that is only exacerbated by the current economic climate. Using Atlanta as an example, Dr. Nancey Green Leigh, professor of City and Regional planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, discusses a roadmap for protecting and energizing an industrial sector as a viable source of job growth and economic investment.

Mar 11, 2010

Sweet Charity: Foundations as a Source for Community and Economic Development

The overlap between economic development and philanthropy is growing. While we most often think of foundations as being involved in community development, they play increasingly more important roles in economic development. Douglas W. Nelson, retired president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, talks about how foundations can support economic development as sources of flexible capital and data-driven policy advocacy.

Feb 24, 2010

Banking on Economic Development: Financial Institutions and Economic Development—A Changing Paradigm

The importance of financial institutions in economic development efforts has varied by region. As communities struggle with funding economic development efforts, some are re-engaging banks in new ways. Indeed, the financial crisis has re-framed the banking sector's models of economic development deals. Bill Best, senior vice president for Community Development at PNC Bank and chair for the International Economic Development Council, discusses the key role banks play in community and economic development efforts during a time of recovery.

Feb 10, 2010

Resources Matter: Protecting the Environment While Growing the Local Economy

Economic growth and the preservation of natural resources are increasingly interdependent. Chris Clark, commissioner of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, discusses the very real and important connections among economic development, community development, and the sustainable use of natural resources, an interdependence that leads to productive industries and thriving communities.

Jan 27, 2010

A Brand New World: Why Sustainability Matters in Modern Economic Development

Increasingly, communities are approaching economic development efforts within a sustainability context. Federal funding support has also shifted toward projects and programs that emphasize sustainability concepts. Edward Blakely, professor of Urban Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia, discusses how the economic crisis has transformed how we think about economic development finance and how communities can craft their economic destinies within the global economy.

Jan 13, 2010

Closing the Deal: Effective Incentives during Fiscal Challenges

The financial climate has limited the availability and effectiveness of traditional economic development tools. States and counties are challenged to identify innovative strategies to promote economic growth and employment. Reagan Farr, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue, discusses how Tennessee has adapted its incentive policies to attract investment and grow jobs in the midst of the nation's worst recession in decades.

Sep 04, 2008

Community Reinvestment Act: Does Your Bank Measure Up?

As a financial consumer and a concerned citizen, you may be interested in how well your bank or savings and loan is helping meet the credit needs of your community, including low- and moderate-income areas. In fact, by law, the performance of every bank and thrift in meeting these needs is regularly evaluated and rated, and this rating is available to the public.