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Access: A Community Development Podcast from the Federal Reserve

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 or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Engaging Strategic Partners in Community Development

At the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) Capacity Building Workshop in Walterboro, South Carolina, community partners came together to look at how small, rural municipalities can develop their communities and improve their economies.

Virginia: Highlights from Abingdon

This article highlights the 8th consecutive gathering of the Appalachian Funders Network (AFN). Foundations and grant makers met in Central Appalachia to participate in a working meeting about aligning their investment resources.

Community Reinvestment Act Video

The following video presents information on the Small Bank and Intermediate Small Bank CRA Examination. The Community Reinvestment Act encourages depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations.

The Federal Reserve: A Crucial Player in Informing Economic Development

How are Federal Reserve Banks engaged in economic development across the country? Will Lambe of the Atlanta Fed and Daniel Davis of the St. Louis Fed discuss various Reserve Bank initiatives in this Economic Development podcast.

Community Development Data Inventory

Published by the Philadelphia Fed, the Community Development Data Inventory describes timely and publicly available data sources to help inform the work of those involved in community development research or practice. This November 2015 release contains updated information and an expanded number in the inventory, from 16 resources to 24. The resources are described in easy-to-read, two-page summaries organized by topic, including Economy/Employment, Household Financial Stability, Housing/Homelessness, and Data/Mapping Platforms. 

Best Practices in Program Evaluation and Learning

Interested in learning about evidence-based decision-making and its important role in program evaluation? View this May 2015 Connecting Communities® webinar. Speakers—including Daniel Millimet from SMU and Moira Inkelas from UCLA—share the intuition behind the methods used and the available models that can be applied in practice, especially in complex and even trying conditions.

Connecting our Communities: Innovation at Work

The Richmond Fed's Community Development office presented a five-person panel breakout session at the 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Panelists explored innovations for Community Development Corporations, rural communities and funding initiatives.

Financing our Market and Community Innovations

During the “Financing our Market and Community Innovation” panel, participants shared the latest innovations in investment and financing communities and small businesses, including innovative ways to raise, deploy and facilitate capital to meet local community economic goals that align with investor goals and objectives and provide a direct return on their investments.The panel was presented at the 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina.


From Indicators to Action: Spurring Community Engagement through Data

How can you effectively use data to improve planning, engagement, and operations in your community? In this Connecting Communities webinar, experts from the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) share strategic approaches they have used to improve community data use and discuss their experiences in using integrated community data systems and neighborhood-level indicators.


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