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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 Community Ownership," features organizations helping manufactured home residents take ownership of their communities to improve economic stability and security. The first episode, "Access to Affordable Consumer Credit," released in Dec. 2016, highlights an innovative small-dollar loan program. Stay tuned for more episodes.

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.

Student Debt, Wealth Inequality, and the Return on a College Degree: The Role of Children’s Savings Accounts

Research shows that in time, an investment in higher education eventually pays off. However, the payoff of investing in higher education varies greatly depending on whether one graduates with or without student debt. This Chicago Fed blog, from November 2016, summarizes the disparity of investment returns in education between those with and without student debt, and ways to make such returns more equitable.

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.

Investing in the Frontline: A Lesson from the Health Care Sector

On this Connecting Communities® webinar, particiants learn how an employer-led national collaboration of health care leaders promotes investment in the skill and career development of frontline workers. Kelly Aiken (National Fund for Workforce Solutions; CareerSTAT) discusses the framework and strategies outlined in CareerSTAT’s Guide for Investing in Frontline Health Care Workers. Emily Brown (UnityPoint Health) and Mark Burns (Homebridge) share how these strategies work in practice, and their impact on employees and business outcomes.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities

Don't miss this Connecting Communities® webinar, from Nov. 3, 2016, which focused on the emerging field of entrepreneurship-based economic development. Experts provided information from communities that have effectively used entrepreneurship to generate local economic growth. Speakers included Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Deborah Markley, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship; Maria Meyers, Executive Director, KCSourceLink; and Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, NetWork Kansas.

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.

Financial Capability and Inclusion: Tools and Strategies to Promote Personal Savings

This Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar, from  Oct. 18, 2016, focuses on innovative programs and products that are available to assist individuals and families save, as well as various ways to make saving a fun and satisfying experience. Speakers include Theresa Schmall from CFSI and Nashila Somani-Ladha from the Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund.

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