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Events - Community Development Resources

Opportunity Zones: Understanding the Potential of the New Community Development Tax Incentive

This Connecting Communities® webinar highlighted the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive, which aims to drive long-term equity capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Speakers provided details on how the tax incentive is expected to work and highlighted emerging national and local strategies to engage residents around how these funds are deployed in their communities. Presenters included Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners; Eric Robertson, President, Communtiy LIFT; and Amanda Roberts, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Tools toward Market Restoration 2018

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Bankers Association hostedTools toward Market Restoration: Where Growth and Opportunity Converge on May 1-2, 2018, in Detroit. The two-day conference explored the impact of policies and practices on place-based inequality. Policy experts and leading practitioners shared knowledge derived from current research, innovative programs, and interventions.

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.

Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity

A diverse audience of practitioners attended this conference from across Texas—including health care, community development and financial institutions—to better understand challenges and opportunities around creating and investing in vibrant, healthy, mixed-income communities. It was hosted in Austin, Texas by the Dallas Fed, HousingWorks Austin and Children's Optimal Health. 


Southwest Border Colonias: Housing & Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

Designated a regional conference on United Nations Habitat III, "Southwest Border Colonias: Housing and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century" will convene practitioners, policymakers, researchers and colonia residents to promote international collaboration and solutions for persistent challenges in the southwest border region. The conference is hosted by HUD and the Dallas Fed and will highlight the Dallas Fed's 2015 report on Texas colonias.

Offsetting Gentrification and Fostering Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development

The Atlanta Fed cohosted a symposium at the 2015 Rail~Volution conference to examine strategies that would promote equitable transit-oriented development without gentrifying a neighborhood and displacing residents. This January/February 2016 Partners Update article provides a peek inside the discussions from the October 2015 sessions.

Preserving Chicagoland's Small Multifamily Housing Stock

This Chicago Fed article provides a recap of discussions focused on the causes and potential solutions for the dearth of lending to small rental buildings in Chicagoland’s low- and moderate-income communities at a gathering of more than 75 lenders, regulators and housing stakeholders at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in May of 2014.

2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality

Couldn't make it to Pittsburgh for the 2015 Policy Summit? Check out the preview, videos & speaker presentations from the June 18 and 19, 2015 event, including a conversation with mayors, two plenaries, a session powered by PechaKucha, and the closing address by Cleveland Fed President and CEO Loretta J. Mester. The 2015 Policy Summit, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Richmond, featured experts from across the US presenting the latest research and field initiatives on topics related to equitable development.

Las Colonias in the 21st Century Conference

The Dallas Fed's July 2015 conference in McAllen, “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas–Mexico Border,” highlights its 2015 report presenting opportunities, successes and challenges in the areas of infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education and health. The conference provides up-to-date analysis and highlights effective models to strengthen local economies in colonias and other communities across the U.S. that are facing similar challenges.

Forum on EB-5: Economic Development Program

The Forum on the EB-5 Economic Development Program, hosted by the New York Fed and CenterState CEO, convenes stakeholders to discuss how EB-5 is being used to benefit communities in upstate New York and beyond. Speakers will share their wealth of knowledge about EB-5 requirements, deal structure and future availability.


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