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Events - Community Development Resources


REGISTER NOW | Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities

Register now for Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities, convening March 23–24, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This Tenth Biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference will explore high-quality, emerging research that illuminates three focus areas: Early Childhood Development, Education and Workforce, and Community Conditions. Featured speakers include Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Harlem Children's Zone President Geoffrey Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with practitioners and researchers from an array of sectors!


Conversations from Thought Leaders on Economic Mobility: Reflections and Insights on Recent Research and Ideas

This Connecting Communities® webinar was inspired by a collection of essays  released by the St. Louis Fed and the Fed's Board of Governors. Speakers reflect on the current state, existing challenges and opportunities that exist to shape a better future. Presenters include: Ray Boshara, director of the St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability; David Buchholz, deputy associate director of Consumer & Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board; Erin Currier, director of financial security and mobility at The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Nisha Patel, executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty.

2016 Community Banking in the 21st Century: Research and Policy Conference

Presentations and videos, as well as the 2016 National Survey of Community Banks, are now available from the 2016 Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). Held Sept. 28-29, 2016, at the St. Louis Fed, research explored the continuing relevance and importance of the community bank business model; the relationship between community bank size and performance; and community bank regulatory issues. Speakers included Fed Governor Jerome Powell, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and CSBS Chairman/Texas Department of Banking Commissioner Charles Cooper. H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, chairman, BancFirst Corporation, provided the evening keynote.

Bringing Clarity to Impact Investing

This Connecting Communities® webinar focuses on the impact in impact investing. In Navigating Impact Investing, experts propose creating impact classes as a way to optimize the process of matching an investor’s unique preferences with the right opportunities. Co-authors Ben Thornley (Tideline) and Cathy Clark (Duke University) share their proposed impact classes, the feedback they’ve received from stakeholders, and how to turn this concept into reality. Sasha Dichter (Acumen) offers a practitioner’s reflections on what an impact class framework may mean for the impact investing field.

Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity

A diverse audience of practitioners attended this conference from across Texas—including health care, community development and financial institutions—to better understand challenges and opportunities around creating and investing in vibrant, healthy, mixed-income communities. It was hosted in Austin, Texas by the Dallas Fed, HousingWorks Austin and Children's Optimal Health. 

 

Examining the Results of the 2015 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking

This Connecting Communities® webinar focuses on key findings from the Federal Reserve Board’s 2015 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), including recent trends on economic well-being, preparedness for financial emergencies, income volatility, and differences in outcomes in the survey by race and ethnicity. Speakers include Jeff Larrimore, Federal Reserve Board; Jonathan Morduch, New York University and Financial Access Initiative; and Julie Siwicki, New York University.

Financial Capability and Inclusion: Promoting Financial Capability in the Workplace

The St. Louis Fed will host its next Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar on Aug. 18, 2016, to focus on strategies that employers are using to provide access to appropriate financial services and to help employees make better money management decisions. Speakers include Joanna Ain, CFED; Katherine Brune, SunTrust Banks; Debra McGee, BankPlus; and Paheadra Robinson, Center for Asset Development.

Southwest Border Colonias: Housing & Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

Designated a regional conference on United Nations Habitat III, "Southwest Border Colonias: Housing and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century" will convene practitioners, policymakers, researchers and colonia residents to promote international collaboration and solutions for persistent challenges in the southwest border region. The conference is hosted by HUD and the Dallas Fed and will highlight the Dallas Fed's 2015 report on Texas colonias.

Connecting Hard-to-Serve Populations with Jobs: Successful Solutions for Skilled Immigrant Integration

Tune in to this March 30, 2016, Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar discussing “brain waste,” the phenomenon of immigrants with college degrees being unemployed or working in jobs and fields that don’t utilize their educational and professional backgrounds. Learn about strategies, programs and best practices that help these immigrants transition to professional careers and maximize their full potential. Speakers include Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition; Rebecca Tancredi, Upwardly Global; and Manuel Portillo, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

Offsetting Gentrification and Fostering Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development

The Atlanta Fed cohosted a symposium at the 2015 Rail~Volution conference to examine strategies that would promote equitable transit-oriented development without gentrifying a neighborhood and displacing residents. This January/February 2016 Partners Update article provides a peek inside the discussions from the October 2015 sessions.

2015 NHS Community Banks Partnership Meeting summary

Established in 2007, the Community Banks Partnership is an innovative collaborative that supports NHS’ community reinvestment programs and services through financial support, lending capital, service and counsel. This group meets at least once annually to discuss issues important to the housing and lending industries. This article, from Issue 3, 2015 Profitwise News and Views, summarizes a second quarter convening at the Chicago Fed: NHS of Chicago’s annual Community Banks Partnership meeting. Among other topics, panelists discussed the housing market for ‘millennial’ buyers, and the regulatory landscape for community banks.

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