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Registration is open for the 2019 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. This year's theme, Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class, will explore the latest research on ways to strengthen and widen pathways to the middle class. The conference will be May 9–10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found here.
Consumer & Community Context is a new article series from researchers at the Federal Reserve Board. The series features original analysis of financial conditions and experiences of consumers and communities, including traditionally underserved and economically vulnerable households and neighborhoods. The first issue focuses on two questions regarding student loan debt: can it explain low homeownership rates for young adults, and does it affect millennial migration patterns or "rural brain drain"?
This 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 programs that help provide access to opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The latest episode, "Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver," features an organization that bolsters regional agricultural enterprises to create jobs in rural areas. 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.