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Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

Workforce development contributes to a strong economy by equipping workers to succeed in the labor market and supplying employers with quality talent. This framework, from the Dallas and Kansas City Feds, is designed to give banks—and organizations interested in partnering with them—tools and information to engage in workforce development activities in ways that may help them fulfill their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act.

Following the Money

Interested in exploring how grant capital to support community and economic development is distributed across metropolitan areas in the United States? Check out this new data tool: Following the Money. Based on data provided by the Foundation Center that captures all grants of at least $10,000 made by the 1,000 largest foundations between 2008 and 2013, the Following the Money data tool and infographic report provide a comprehensive look at the data from more than 366 U.S. metropolitan areas. Interactive data and results from the analysis are provided by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia.


Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

Access to broadband has become an essential component of economic opportunity and financial well-being, yet there is a significant digital divide in many underserved communities.This Dallas Fed publication is a practical guide for financial institutions that shows how digital inclusion can improve the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals who have limited access to broadband infrastructure. It presents best practices and information on lending, services and investments that can help close the digital divide and contribute to an inclusive and vibrant entrepreneurial economy.

Small Cities Economic Dynamism Index

In February 2016, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta released an interactive tool and data set index that enables policymakers and practitioners to examine local trends and compare cities across four measures of economic dynamism: demographics, economics, human capital, and infrastructure.

A website that accompanies the Dallas Fed study, "Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border," which examines successes and challenges in infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education and health in Texas colonias. The site features a report, video, photos, success stories, data, legislation information and related resources.

CRA OneSource

CRA OneSource is your source for Community Reinvestment Act tools, templates, guides, webinars and other resources to assist you in preparing for an exam and growing your community development program.

Center for Indian Country Development

Through its Center for Indian Country Development, the Minneapolis Fed works to help self-governing communities of American Indians in the United States attain their economic development goals. The Center promotes partnerships, research, and coordination around four focus areas that are essential for building vibrant economies: governance, infrastructure, finance, and resources.

Searching for More Impact: Impact Data on Banks for the Big Picture

This article profiles “BankImpact,” a dynamic online tool that helps identify high-impact banks in Chicago that serve as anchors in underserved communities.  Created by National Community Investment Fund (NCIF), BankImpact can help provide the data necessary to inform and attract impact investors and help banks better understand and contextualize their (own) performance.

Community Development Data Inventory

Recently updated, the Community Development Data Inventory is a collection of timely and publicly available data sources for those engaged in community development work. This tool highlights resources that can inform key community development issues and research needs, including demographics, the economy and jobs, housing, and education. For each resource, the guide includes an overview of the data, a description of the methodology and accompanying variables, links to training guides and additional information, and a few illustrations of the resources themselves.

Community Credit: A New Perspective on America's Communities

Interested in knowing what credit conditions are like in your community and elsewhere? The New York Fed's Community Credit interactive maps highlight credit conditions in communities across the United States. The maps provide measures of credit inclusion and credit stress for the US., as well as for states and counties, from 2005 to 2014. Indicators include the percentage of quality borrowers and the percentage of residents who have access to some type of formal credit.


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