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Multimedia - Community Development Resources


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

This Connecting Communities® webinar on July 26 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.

HMDA Data: A New Mortgage Lending Resource for Indian Country

Back in 2017, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released an online Reservation Profiles tool that provides demographic information about federally recognized American Indian tribes with populations of at least 2,500. In this CICD Blog post, read how the recent addition of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to the tool can enhance users' understanding of mortgage lending in Indian Country. 

Unemployment, Vacant Properties, Population Decline: Finding Solutions in Dayton

The Cleveland Fed toured Dayton, Ohio and heard from people who raised shared challenges: employers unable to fill jobs, vacant and abandoned housing, and population loss. What are people attempting to do to turn things around, and what’s working?

Manufactured-Home Lending to American Indians in Indian Country Remains Highly Concentrated

This blog post, published by the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, discusses two lenders owned by Clayton Homes that finance a high share of manufactured homes bought by American Indians and Alaska Natives on or near American Indian reservations. 

Connecting Communities Webinar: Mitigating Neighborhood Blight

This Connecting Communities® webinar, produced in November 2017, highlights two innovative programs and a policy strategy that offers working solutions to mitigate the impact of blight, vacancy and abandonment in distressed communities across the country. Presenters include Kim Graziani, Center for Community Progress; Steve Lockwood, Frayser Community Development Corp.; Krysta Pate, Detroit Home Mortgage; and Matt Josephs, LISC.

Economy Matters Podcast: Heirs' Property

Heirs' properties are parcels of residential, agricultural, commercial, or even vacant land that are inherited by the descendants of a previous owner. Without a properly administered will, property is passed on to the owner's children, and then to their children, and then to other successive generations of children, and this default ownership structure is known as “tenancy in common." It can cause a number of issues for both families and communities, which this Economy Matters podcast explores. 

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.

Early childhood Native language immersion develops minds, revitalizes cultures

Learning their indigenous languages from a very young age may prepare Native American children for success in school and life, with benefits spilling over to their families and communities. From Community Dividend, a publication of the Minneapolis Fed.

How Does Language Immersion Education Benefit Native Children?

In this video supplement to the Minneapolis Fed's Community Dividend publication, step into the classroom at Wicoie Nandagikendan, a preschool program at the Little Earth Community in Minneapolis that immerses children in the Dakota or Ojibwe language and culture.

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