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Events - Community Development Resources


Sixth Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Alliance for Regional Development will host the Sixth Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness on October 29, 2018. The Summit serves as an important event for regional stakeholders to meet, network, and identify areas for collaboration.

CALL FOR PAPERS | Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class

The Call for Papers is now open for “Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class,” the 2019 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. Abstracts or drafts are due no later than October 9, 2018. The conference will share research on factors influencing the financial and socioeconomic status of individuals and families and is open to research on topics that use various definitions of middle class, as well as papers that speak to relevant issues but do not explicitly use “middle class” in their framing. Of particular interest is research that explores specific challenges and opportunities for specific subgroups, including lower-income, minority, young-adult, elderly, rural or other diverse populations.

Opportunity Zones: Understanding the Potential of the New Community Development Tax Incentive

This Connecting Communities® webinar on July 26 highlighted the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive, which aims to drive long-term equity capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Speakers provided details on how the tax incentive is expected to work and highlighted emerging national and local strategies to engage residents around how these funds are deployed in their communities. Presenters included Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners; Eric Robertson, President, Communtiy LIFT; and Amanda Roberts, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Tools toward Market Restoration 2018

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Bankers Association hostedTools toward Market Restoration: Where Growth and Opportunity Converge on May 1-2, 2018, in Detroit. The two-day conference explored the impact of policies and practices on place-based inequality. Policy experts and leading practitioners shared knowledge derived from current research, innovative programs, and interventions.

WEBINAR | Connecting Communities: Engaging Banks in Workforce Development, Part 2

This two-part Connecting Communities® webinar series highlights how banks and their partners can play an important role in workforce development and help fulfill bank obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act. Presenters for Part 2 include Priscilla Dinn Alvarez, VIDA (Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement); Barbara Mahnen, Bank of America; Andrea Stiles Pullas, Mi Casa Resource Center; Rubin Ramos, BBVA Compass; and Steven Shepelwich, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

REGISTER NOW: Show Me The Money 2017 Conference

This two-day event provided attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses or non-profits.

2017 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening

This national convening supported Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation, built upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.

Preserving Affordable Rural Rental Housing: New Tools and Promising Practices

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: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers

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.

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