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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.

Connecting Communities Webinar: Broadband Under the Community Reinvestment Act

This Connecting Communities® webinar, featured on January 11, 2018, highlights how financial institutions could receive Community Reinvestment Act consideration for taking advantage of new opportunities to help close the digital divide across communities and improve economic stability. Presenters include Jordana Barton, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Jeanne Bonds, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Chelsea Cruz and Adrian Franco, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Yolanda Davila, BBVA Compass.

VIDEO | Understanding Small Business Conditions

Small businesses are a vital component of our local and national economies. Watch this video to learn how the Dallas Fed stays informed on small business conditions through community visits, meetings and surveys, such as our Texas Small Business Needs Assessment Poll.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities

Don't miss this Connecting Communities® webinar, from Nov. 3, 2016, which focused on the emerging field of entrepreneurship-based economic development. Experts provided information from communities that have effectively used entrepreneurship to generate local economic growth. Speakers included Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Deborah Markley, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship; Maria Meyers, Executive Director, KCSourceLink; and Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, NetWork Kansas.

Dairy Farming in the 21st Century

A decades-long trend is that jobs in manufacturing and other industries have been replaced with robotic equipment and other automation. The trend toward automation on farms is more recent, and is in many ways redefining what it means to work on a farm. This April 2016 Community Development and Policy Studies blog from the Chicago Fed profiles why it made sense for one Wisconsin dairy farm to make a big investment in a new state-of-the-art farm technology.

Community Banking in the 21st Century

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.


Cascade (Summer 2015)

The Summer 2015 edition of Cascade, a publication from the Philadelphia Fed's  Community Studies & Education team, focuses on small businesses and commercial corridors. Specific articles discuss strategies to revitalize commercial corridors, the role of tax incentives in job creation, small business lending trends, a $1 billion transformation in downtown Allentown, Pa., and a research study on an inner-city commercial corridor.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Small businesses form the backbone of our nation’s economy and are at the heart of thriving communities. Behind every small business is a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur who has worked tirelessly to start and grow the company. In this 8 from the Eighth podcast, learn from Angela Lewis, city manager for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, about how the organization is cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit among middle and high school students living in low- and moderate-income communities.

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.


Economic Gardening: A Homegrown Approach to Growth

How effective are economic development strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses? Todd Johnson at Gallup and Dell Gines at the Kansas City Fed explore the successes and challenges associated with this approach in this Economic Development podcast from April 2014.


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