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Multimedia - Community Development Resources


How Can Cultural Events Foster Community Development?

In this video supplement to the Minneapolis Fed's Community Dividend publication, stop by the Little Mekong Night Market, a summertime street festival in St. Paul, Minn., that celebrates Southeast Asian arts and culture. 

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.

Experiences and Perspectives of Young Workers

This Connecting Communities® webinar 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.

Education, Skills and Employer Preferences in the Middle-Skills Marketplace

This Connecting Communities® webinar, from April 13, 2017, engages experts in a dialogue about research and current initiatives to close the skills gap that exists in the U.S. economy today. Speakers include Papia Debroy and Sally Smyth, Opportunity@Work; Andi Rugg, Markle Foundation; Mels de Zeeuw, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Keith Wardrip, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. They discuss potential solutions that connect talented workers with gainful employment based on demonstrated skills and competencies rather than degree.

Community Reinvestment Act Video

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.

Access: A Community Development Podcast from the Federal Reserve

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.

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.

Two Examples of Mental Health Clinics in Chicago that Serve LMI Communities

Across Illinois, one of the most critical scarcities in healthcare is mental health professionals and facilities. In this Chicago Fed blog posting, read profiles on two Chicago mental health clinics serving LMI communities and how investments by financial institutions are assisting these facilities to bring about meaningful change in neighborhoods.

Redefining the Challenges & Opportunities for Banks in LMI Neighborhoods Throughout Chicagoland: Results from Community Capacity Discussion Groups

Bank lending in low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods in the Chicago area has remained well below levels that preceded the Great Recession in 2008. This blog summarizes a 2016 convening by the Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The meeting brought together more than 20 bankers to share their perspectives on what drives lending and investment trends in their respective markets, and what local banks are doing to increase lending activity in LMI neighborhoods.

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