Events - Community Development Resources
With the theme “Transforming Regional Economies: Growth and Equity through Policy and Practice,” this year’s Policy Summit on June 22–23 in Cleveland will highlight the latest research and practitioner innovations in community and economic development in urban and rural regions. Sessions will explore poverty and inequality, entrepreneurship and jobs, the critical role of anchor institutions, health outcomes in urban and rural areas, and the opioid crisis, to name a few. Engaging speakers and opportunities to expand your network and learn from a few hundred attendees are great reasons to attend.
This Connecting Communities® webinar focuses on recently released data and tools that can help community organizations and their partners better understand the current landscape of affordable rural rental housing. Presenters include Elizabeth Nash, PolicyMap; Bryan Hooper, USDA Rural Housing Service; and Rick Goodemann, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership.
Investing in America’s Workforce seeks to strengthen our nation’s economic potential through reframing and reimagining workforce development efforts, taking a broader view of them as investments, rather than as a limiting view centered on the delivery of social services. This initiative will connect businesses, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic partners to rethink policy and investments, attract new resources, and improve economic mobility for workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.