The Community and Economic Development department hosts and partners on a number of events that address emerging and critical issues in the field. This timeline shows events from the past several years and includes event information such as agendas and relevant papers and presentations.


Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities | 3/23–24/2017
Register for the Federal Reserve System's 10th Biennial Community Development Research Conference, which will spotlight high-quality, emerging research into the economic and social aspects of young people's lives.

Catalyzing Efforts to Improve the Health and Well-Being of All Georgians | 3/14/2017
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Georgia State University Health Policy Center cohosted a meeting on the social determinants of health in Georgia and concrete, actionable steps to address them. The meeting brought together a cross-sectoral group of leaders representing health care, community development, government, academia, and philanthropy.


CDFI Banks in the Southeast: Embracing Opportunities and Addressing Challenges | 8/29/2016
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.

Promoting Access and Inclusion in ABLE Programs: New Opportunities for Savings, Financial Inclusion, and Economic Security for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families | 7/26/2016
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.


Community Forum on Healthy Food Access | 11/16/2015
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.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century—From Ideas to Action | 10/29/2015
Key leaders and authors of Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st CenturyOff-site link shared their perspectives on workforce development and employment-related issues with an eye toward turning the book's ideas into action. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds, Fed Board of Governors, and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development cohosted the event.

Measuring What Counts: Harnessing Data to Improve Miami's Communities | 10/5/2015
A forum on gathering, analyzing, and using data to understand what actually works in economically distressed communities in Miami. The Atlanta Fed, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and many local partners cohosted the event.

Equitable Development Strategies for Neighborhoods | 9/22/2015
The forum explored conditions affecting neighborhood revitalization and equitable development in Atlanta, the challenges and opportunities that emerge when revitalizing a community, and the role anchor institutions, transportation, infrastructure, and schools play in this work. The Atlanta Fed, Enterprise Community Partners, NeighborWorks America, and local partners cohosted the event.

Developing Qualified Workers: Pathways to Employability for High School Students and Graduates | 8/10/2015
Leaders from the business, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors explored some of the efforts currently under way to develop a stronger workforce. Noted Harvard University Professor Ronald Ferguson also shared a framework for providing multiple school-to-career pathways, including college and noncollege options.

Equitable Development Strategies for New Orleans Neighborhoods | 6/17/2015
The forum discussed best practices in designing and implementing local housing revitalization plans and explored the challenges of blight and affordable housing in New Orleans. The Atlanta Fed, Enterprise Community Partners, and NeighborWorks America cohosted the event.

Equitable Development Strategies for Nashville Neighborhoods | 5/13/2015
The forum examined current conditions affecting equitable development and challenges that must be addressed to meet affordable housing needs in Nashville. The Atlanta Fed, Enterprise Community Partners, NeighborWorks America, and Vanderbilt University cohosted the event.


Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century | 10/15/2014
This national convening brought together workforce, economic, and community development professionals to hear from national experts on transformative education and workforce development strategies and policies. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development cohosted the event.

Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth and Opportunity | 5/12/2014
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.

The Power of Microbusiness: Aligning for a New Economy | 5/5/2014
The 2014 Association for Enterprise Opportunity's national conference focused on the innovations, cross-sector collaboration among players, and policy initiatives that can foster economic opportunity for solo, micro, and Main Street business owners. The Atlanta Fed cosponsored the conference.


Rural Poverty Research Symposium | 12/2/2013
Economists, sociologists, and other researchers discussed papers and presentations on subjects ranging from human capital and education, racial and demographic aspects of rural poverty, where food stamp issuance increased most during the Great Recession, and current poverty measurements' shortcomings. The Atlanta Fed and U.S. Department of Agriculture cohosted the event.

Opportunities and Challenges in Low- to Moderate-Income Communities: A Trialogue among Stakeholders | 11/13/2013
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.

The Future of Workforce Development in Mississippi | 10/29/2013
Promising practices and ideas to refine the state's workforce development ecosystem were explored by over 100 state leaders, including those in community colleges, secondary and postsecondary education, workforce development, social services, economic development and the private sector, and government. The Atlanta and St. Louis Feds and Mississippi Manufacturers Association cohosted the event.

The Future of Affordable Housing | 9/26/2013
Lawmakers have considered various housing reforms that could affect homeownership rates and rental markets over the near and long term. Two experts, Ron Terwilliger of the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing, and Dan Immergluck, professor at Georgia Tech, discussed potential reforms.

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice | 4/11/2013
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.

Aligning Workforce Development and Employment Strategies for Historically Black Colleges and Universities | 1/16/2013
Presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), along with economists, Fed officials, and workforce development experts discussed challenges and opportunities facing HBCUs as they prepare students for a competitive labor force. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Dallas, Richmond, and St. Louis cosponsored the event.


The Future of Workforce Development: Where Research Meets Practice | 9/19/2012
The conference discussed job market issues affecting low- and moderate-income communities. Speakers addressed the need to retool educational systems and redesign curricula to match graduates to the job market. They also explored the multiple challenges of an aging workforce, stagnant wages, and concern for the long-term unemployed. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds cohosted the event.


Small Business and Entrepreneurship during an Economic Recovery | 11/9/2011
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.

Strengthening the Green Foundation: Research and Policy Directions for Development and Finance | 3/10/2011
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.


Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Recovery: A Focus on Job Creation and Economic Stabilization | 10/26/2010
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.

The 2010 National Interagency Community Reinvestment ConferenceOff-site link | 3/14/2010
The conference brought together over 730 representatives from financial institutions, regulatory agencies, government agencies, and nonprofits. The regulations underpinning the Community Reinvestment Act were discussed and emerging challenges and best practices in community development probed.