Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) - Events
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.
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.
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.
Established in 2007, the Community Banks Partnership is an innovative collaborative that supports NHS’ community reinvestment programs and services through financial support, lending capital, service and counsel. This group meets at least once annually to discuss issues important to the housing and lending industries. This article, from Issue 3, 2015 Profitwise News and Views, summarizes a second quarter convening at the Chicago Fed: NHS of Chicago’s annual Community Banks Partnership meeting. Among other topics, panelists discussed the housing market for ‘millennial’ buyers, and the regulatory landscape for community banks.
Missed the live webcast? Presentation slides and videos are now available from “Community Banking in the 21st Century,” the third annual community banking research and policy conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). Also available from the conference is a report that details conditions facing today's community bankers. Speakers and moderators of the event, held in St. Louis Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2015, included: Fed Chair Janet Yellen; Fed Governor Lael Brainard; St. Louis Fed President James Bullard; CSBS Chairman/Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks David Cotney; CSBS President and CEO John Ryan; and Houston Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, founding investor and board member, R Bank and R Corp Financial, Round Rock, Texas.
A physical and online exhibit, “What Does the Fed Do? 100 Years Serving as the Nation’s Central Bank” provides, among other unique features, an intriguing brochure on Fed history, the original painting of President Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act and a giant freestanding map of all the Federal Reserve districts made from shredded money. Check it out online, or in person at the Boston Fed.
This Dallas event highlights entrepreneurial approaches to community development and explores the expanding subject of social impact investing. The conference was inspired by the book, Investing in What Works for America's Communities, and was hosted by the Dallas Fed's Community Development department, Citi, Social Impact Architects and Social Venture Partners Dallas.
This conference is the premier training and networking event for community development professionals, including CRA officers, CDFIs, nonprofits and government officials. The 2014 program featured a keynote presentation by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; innovations in community development policy and practice; CRA examination training; the National Community Development Lending School; and Community development tours of Chicago. Click to watch videos of keynotes, select sessions, and attendee interviews.
The Kansas City Fed summarizes findings from a series of roundtable discussions held on the issues of workforce development and the chronically unemployed.
Biennially, the San Francisco Fed partners with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to host the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference. In 2012, the conference was held in Seattle, WA. Agendas, interviews and videos are available on the San Franscisco Fed's website.