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Community Reinvestment Act: Geographies and Strategies in the Southeast
08/24/2015 - The Community Reinvestment Act helps drive significant investments into low- and middle-income communities, but not all communities benefit equally. This article discusses where banks are motivated to act and provides a mapping tool to illustrate where particular banks engage in community development.

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Webinar Explores Equitable Transit
07/31/2015 - Public transportation should benefit everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. This article describes a St. Louis Fed webinar, "Equitable Transit-Oriented Development," that will explore this issue on August 20.

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A New Way to Save for Retirement
07/24/2015 - Have you saved enough for a secure future? The U.S. Treasury Department may be able to help with its new savings account for working Americans. Join the Atlanta Fed August 10 to discuss the initiative.

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The Birth of a Firm
07/23/2015 - Self-employment—that is, nonemployer businesses—are an important part of the U.S. economy. This article briefly summarizes a new discussion paper that looks into the financial life cycle of these nonemployer firms.

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Digital Badging: Credentialing Soft Skills for Better Workplace Outcomes
07/15/2015 - New research points to soft skills as an important indicator for success in the workplace. Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly, and Laura Lippman, senior fellow at Child Trends, discuss digital badging as a way to document these currently amorphous workplace skills.

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View from the Field: Does Community and Economic Development Face Technical or Process Challenges?
07/02/2015 - Perhaps community and economic developers need a new song to sing—or so one conference presenter suggested. This article offers highlights from two recent conferences that addressed the need to create new approaches.