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Federal Reserve Community Development Perspectives

Ever wonder about the Federal Reserve’s involvement in the field of community development? Wonder no more. Released in June 2014, Federal Reserve Community Development Perspectives: A summary of activities, insights, and future opportunities answers the "what," "why" and "how" of the Fed's role in community development. The report highlights the Fed’s recent efforts to address barriers to economic growth, and promote fair and informed access to financial markets. Featuring brief summaries of its community development work organized into four focus areas--people, place, the policy and practice of community development, and small business--the report includes background information that helps to provide context for this work, a sampling of key research, outreach programs and other initiatives, as well as some ideas on future challenges, needs and opportunities.

REGISTER NOW: 2014 Shift Innovation Community Development Conference

What ignites the innovative spark that leads to a promising community development practice? SHIFT INNOVATION, a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on Sept. 22-23, 2014, provides an opportunity to interactively share and explore how thinking creatively about community development can unlock new and innovative solutions that can be implemented immediately.

REGISTER NOW: The Next Frontier of Community Development Finance: Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds

Want to learn more about “pay for success” models (including social impact bonds) and their potential use in the community development field? Register now to participate in this Connecting Communities® webinar on July 24, 2014. Community development practitioners from across the country, including featured speaker Ian Galloway from the San Francisco Fed, will focus on how these models allow government agencies to gain improved social outcomes, not just program outputs.

Bridges — Spring 2014

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 Spring 2014 issue include: Local Innovation, National Impact: Engaging Municipal Government in Financial Empowerment; Enrollment, Student Debt and LMI Communities; We’ve Met the Solution, and It Is Us; West Tennessee Day Trippin’: Rural Tourism Campaign Builds Regional Partnerships for Community and Economic Development; From the Ozarks to the Delta: A Historical Perspective of Regional Poverty in Arkansas; and more.

CALL FOR PAPERS & SAVE THE DATE: Economic Mobility: Research & Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities & the Economy

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System will host the ninth biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference, a unique event that aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice on key issues facing the country. The 2015 conference will be held on April 2-3 in Washington, D.C. Click here to view the Call for Papers.

REGISTER NOW: Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century conference

Registration information and agenda details are available for the national conference, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, to be held on October 15-17, 2014 at the Rutgers University campus in New Jersey. The conference will bring together national experts to examine strategies and policies to improve opportunities for job seekers in today's competitive environment. The event is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

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.

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

A compilation of essays published by the San Francisco Fed and the Low Income Investment Fund highlights entrepreneurial solutions for addressing poverty. Authors include leading experts from across the U.S. in community and economic development, academia, government policy, health, and philanthropy.