Featured - Community Development Resources
Join us for this Connecting Communities® webinar on May 4 to learn more about 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.
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 on April 25 focuses on highlights of the Federal Reserve Board's December 2016 report, "Experiences and Perspectives of Young Workers." The report provides a snapshot of the educational attainment, employment experience, job market outlook and financial self-sufficiency of 18- to 30-year-olds, based on data collected through a 2015 survey. Speakers include: Heidi Kaplan of the Federal Reserve Board, Ofranama Biu of City University of New York and Amy Blair of The Aspen Institute.
The following video presents information on the Small Bank and Intermediate Small Bank CRA Examination. The Community Reinvestment Act encourages depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations.
This new podcast asks community members and organizations across the U.S. about the challenges they are facing and solutions they’ve found for significant social issues like economic mobility, affordable housing, small business development and community reinvestment. Each episode showcases successful programs that help provide access to opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The latest episode, "Access to Next-Stage Growth for Small Businesses," features a data-driven program and curriculum that helps established small businesses achieve scale. All episodes are available at accesspodcast.org or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.
Ever wonder about the Federal Reserve’s involvement in the field of community development? Wonder no more. Released in June 2014, Federal Reserve Community Development Perspectives: A summary of activities, insights, and future opportunities answers the "what," "why" and "how" of the Fed's role in community development. The report highlights the Fed’s recent efforts to address barriers to economic growth, and promote fair and informed access to financial markets. Featuring brief summaries of its community development work organized into four focus areas--people, place, the policy and practice of community development, and small business--the report includes background information that helps to provide context for this work, a sampling of key research, outreach programs and other initiatives, as well as some ideas on future challenges, needs and opportunities.
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.
This short, seven-minute video highlights the purpose, application and importance of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a law that helps bring billions of dollars in bank capital to low- and moderate-income communities every year. Understanding how this law works is essential for banks looking to make impactful loans and investments, non-profits seeking funding, and communities wanting to ensure their financial institutions are operating in fair and responsive ways. Learn how the CRA works and what it means for communities across the country.