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Publications - Community Development Resources


Bridges — Winter 2016-2017

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for CRA officers, academics and government officials that work in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Feature articles in the Winter 2016-2017 issue include: Indianola Promise Community: Improving Academic Outcomes in the Delta; Working Together to Address the Wealth Gap; Community and Economic Development: Around the Globe and Back to the Mississippi Delta Region; 12 Steps to Financial Success: Empowering At-Risk Adults; Memorial Community Development Corporation: Putting Faith to Work; and more.

Neighborhood Change in the Fourth Federal Reserve District: A Multivariate Approach

How often does the character of a neighborhood change, and what are the most common types of neighborhood change? A Cleveland Fed researcher has attempted to shed light on those two questions by looking at four cities (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh) over a 40-year period (1970-2010).

Broadband and High-speed Internet Access in the Fourth District

How accessible is high-speed internet across the Fourth District states of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia? Two Cleveland Fed researchers examine through analysis and maps what's being considered a new form of infrastructure.

How Low Can Employment Growth Go without Boosting the Unemployment Rate in Fourth District States?

The nation continues to add jobs as the economic recovery continues, but employment growth is slowing, and even reversing, in some states, including those in the Fourth Federal Reserve District. How will this impact the District’s unemployment rate? In this January 2017 feature, a Cleveland Fed researcher examines five employment growth scenarios to find out.

Quarterly Debt Monitor (Vol. 1, Issue 3)

In this third issue of the Quarterly Debt Monitor, which focuses on the third quarter of 2016, the St. Louis Fed finds consumer debt growth stalling in the four largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the St. Louis Fed's District (St. Louis, Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky, and Memphis, Tenn.) and across the United States. Additionally, a special section is included in the issue that focuses on consumer debt trends in some of the smaller MSAs in the District, including Evansville, Ind.-Ky.; Fayettevillle-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.-Mo.; Jackson, Tenn.; and Springfield, Mo.

Universal CSAs in Illinois: Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap

According to the 2016 Illinois Poverty Report, poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color. Black children in Illinois are nearly four times more likely to live below the poverty line than white children. In this 2016 article from the Chicago Fed's Profitwise News and Views, the author examines how a universal Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program has the potential to provide such a ladder out of poverty and toward long-term financial security–especially in communities of color.

Quarterly Debt Monitor (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

In this second issue of the Quarterly Debt Monitor, covering the second quarter of 2016, the St. Louis Fed gives a detailed report on consumer debt nationally compared with the four largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the St. Louis Fed's District (St. Louis, Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.) and finds consumer debt grew across the United States, as well as all of the MSAs in the Eighth Federal Reserve District.

Regional Talent Pipelines: Collaborating with Industry to Build Opportunities in Texas

This report from the Dallas Fed and the Center for Public Policy Priorities draws upon survey results from Texas' 28 workforce boards to demonstrate how integrated regional workforce development systems are strengthening the middle class by building talent pipelines that help advance lower-skilled workers and job seekers.

Quarterly Debt Monitor (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

In this inaugural edition covering the first quarter of 2016, the St. Louis Fed reports on consumer debt nationally compared with the four largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. These quarterly reports will examine changes in total consumer debt and in specific types of liabilities: mortgages, home equity lines of credit (HELOC), automobile and student loans, and credit card balances.

Participatory Budgeting: Enhancing Community Reinvestment through Public Engagement

Community engagement is not an easy task. This is especially true in communities with historically underrepresented and underserved populations who do not feel connected to the planning process. This 2016 article, featured in the Chicago Fed's ProfitWise News and Views, shows how some municipalities across the country are finding success through the use of participatory budgeting.

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