Multimedia - Community Development Resources
Using recently released American Community Survey data, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Minneapolis Fed provides the first evidence of the Digital Divide extending to Indian Country. The CICD finds that broadband access on reservations lags behind national averages, but also that some Native Nations have broadband access rates far higher than the national average. Increasing broadband access in Indian Country may lead to expanded economic opportunities.
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.
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.
WEBINAR | Advancing Financial Inclusion: Innovative Financial Products and Services for Low-Income Households
According to the Aspen Institute, more than 50 million Americans live in or near financial crisis, and a growing number lack savings cushions to weather emergencies. Organizations across the country are developing solutions to address volatility and financial inclusion and to support households in managing cash flow and building savings, increasing credit and confidence along the way. Tune in to this free, one-hour Connecting Communities® webinar to hear from leading experts as they engage in dialogue about research, current initiatives and best practices to help address the challenges low-income households face in the financial marketplace.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.