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Feb 01, 2021

Event: Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions

In 2021, community development staff from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia will host a conference, Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions. The conference will convene a diverse network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to examine inequities in labor market outcomes and explore the implications of disparities on aggregate economic performance, individual workers, and communities. They will also identify new directions for policy and research. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia will be event cohosts.

Dec 01, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Series: Using Labor Market Data to Drive Workforce Strategies

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for its final webinar of the year at 2 p.m. (ET). The topic is why workforce data are critical to enhance job development, placement, and alignment of education and training. Guest speakers include the chief executive officer of Burning Glass Technologies, Matt Sigelman; LinkedIn’s chief economist, Karin Kimbrough, and McKinsey & Co. partner, Nikhil Patel. Our discussion will focus on a retrospective of labor market trends from 2020 and future-facing insights on what we might see into 2021. Turning labor market data into action is the focus of their work, so come learn from these executives to help drive strategies as you plan for economic recovery. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Nov 12, 2020

Event: What Does Inclusive Recovery Mean to the Southeast?

Join the Atlanta Fed on Thursday, November 12 at 1 p.m. (ET) for a discussion on the importance of inclusive recovery strategies in the Southeast. In this webinar, you will hear the perspectives and strategies of four leading voices who are working to improve outcomes for underserved communities by advocating for and developing equity-centered policies and practices. This webinar will feature speakers from PolicyLink, Hope Enterprise Corp., Liberation in a Generation, and the Urban Institute who will share their thoughts on how organizations, government agencies, and the business sector can drive an inclusive recovery. The presenters will discuss how to leverage lessons learned from previous recovery periods to support more inclusive outcomes and share insights into emerging equitable recovery strategies, frameworks, policies, and practices in the Southeast. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Oct 22, 2020

Event: Virtual Roundtable on Inclusive and Equitable Community Development Recovery Strategies for Practitioners

Join the Atlanta Fed for a discussion on housing and community development in the times of COVID-19 at 1 p.m. (ET). At this virtual roundtable, you will hear about the perspectives and available data tools of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta researchers and local government officials from Birmingham and New Orleans who will share their experiences working to help transform communities. The presenters will discuss how they are managing the challenges presented by COVID-19 and working toward an inclusive and equitable recovery for communities in the Southeast. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Oct 14, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Series: Financial Innovations in the Workforce System

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for this conversational webinar at 3 p.m. (ET). The topic is the changing financial structure of the workforce system, and how it can promote connections to companies and create a prepared workforce with all parties invested. Angela Jackson, a partner at New Profit and codirector of the Future of Work Grand Challenge, will lead the discussion. Guest speakers include Tracy Palandjian, chief executive officer and cofounder of Social Finance, and Jason Tyszko, vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. They will discuss new ways of thinking about, investing in, and financing the workforce system. Both of their organizations are forging new public-private approaches to finance talent and workforce development. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Sep 23, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Series: Workforce and Economic Development Innovations—Midwest Urban Strategies Spotlight

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for this conversational webinar at 2 p.m. (ET). The topic is the intersection of workforce development, regional economic development, and innovation. Our guest speakers are Midwest Urban Strategies executive director Tracey Carey and two board directors, Clyde McQueen from the Full Employment Council in Kansas City, Missouri, and Linda Woloshansky from the Center on Workforce Innovations in Gary, Indiana. Discover how they worked to create their own standing nonprofit to better coordinate their workforce practices with regional economic development by retaining and growing local talent and generating greater return on investments for their employer partners and the workforce system. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Aug 26, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Webinar on Childcare as a Key Community Development Priority

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for this conversational webinar at 2 p.m. (ET). The topic is the intersection of childcare, workforce development, and economic development. Our guest speakers include the Atlanta Fed’s principal adviser for community and economic development, Brittany Birken; senior vice president of research at the Orlando Economic Partnership, Dale Brill; and former president of the United Way of Florida, Ted Granger. Learn from their experience in Florida assessing community barriers, aligning efforts and messages on policy and program development, and gaining statewide focus on childcare as a key community development priority. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Aug 05, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Webinar on Racial Equity and the Future of Workforce Development

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for this conversational webinar at 2 p.m. (ET). The topic is racial equity and the future of workforce development. Our guest speakers include the New Orleans Business Alliance’s vice president of talent and workforce, Clair Minson, and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University’s chief economist, Bill Rodgers. Learn from our experts on economic realities for communities of color, and specifically Black communities, and how the workforce system should bring the equity imperative to the forefront to drive toward a better future for the field and the communities it aims to serve. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

Jul 08, 2020

Event: Ask Us Anything Webinar on the Importance of Job Quality in Recovery

Join the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for this conversational webinar at 2 p.m. ET. The topic is the importance of job quality as economies reopen and workers consider their next career steps. Our guest speakers include the Good Jobs Institute’s executive director, Sarah Kalloch, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions' Janice Urbanik, senior director for innovation and strategy. Learn from our experts what it means to offer a quality job, how the workforce development field can help advance more quality employment, and what strategies can be deployed to improve opportunities in the future. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hosting the event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.