Special Publications

We partner with other Reserve Banks and organizations on research relevant to community and economic development practitioners.

Building a Skilled Workforce for a Stronger Southern Economy
The report examines the structural roots and policy decisions in the South that created the current skills gap, and it offers solutions to close that gap. The Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, St. Louis Fed, and National Skills Coalition collaborated on the report.
Free electronic books on community and economic development topics are available for download in iBook, Kindle, and PDF formats.
workforce development
Investing in America's Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities
The report shares insights from focus groups with leaders from around the country on what is needed to improve workforce outcomes and investments. The community development departments of all 12 Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors collaborated on the report.
Looking for Progress
Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-Based FundersOff-site link
The report describes a study tour undertaken by representatives from four Federal Reserve Banks and more than two dozen place-based funders, under the auspices of the Funders' Network-Federal Reserve Philanthropy Initiative.
Small Business Survey
Small Business Survey
Reports information about the business performance, financing needs and choices, and borrowing experiences of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships.
Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships
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.
Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences
Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs Adobe PDF file format
The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia investigate the factors that are related to the variation in employer requests for bachelor's degrees for four key opportunity occupations among U.S. metropolitan areas.
Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century
Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st CenturyOff-site link
The book explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses, and their communities. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development collaborated on the book, which has contributions from over 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.