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Call for Papers: Intent vs. Impact: Evaluating Individual- and Community-Based Programs

The Dallas Fed, in partnership with Southern Methodist University, invites paper submissions for an upcoming program evaluation conference to be held November 16–17 in Dallas. Selected papers will also be featured in a special issue of Empirical Economics, subject to the usual referee process. The abstract submission deadline is June 15.

How Can a CDC Transform a Neighborhood Through Affordable Housing?

In this video supplement to the April 2015 issue of the Minneapolis Fed's Community Dividend publication, Mary Keefe, executive director of Minneapolis-based community development corporation Hope Community, describes how her organization is using affordable housing to revitalize a once-abandoned intersection in the inner city. 

Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border

This Dallas Fed report describes and analyzes opportunities, successes and challenges of colonias located in six Texas border counties using both quantitative and qualitative data. The report focuses on infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education and health.

Statements of Interest Now Being Accepted for CAC

The Federal Reserve Board is now accepting Statements of Interest from individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the Community Advisory Council (CAC). The formation of the CAC was announced in January 2015. The council will advise the Board on issues affecting consumers and communities and will complement two of the Board's other advisory councils--the Federal Advisory Council and the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council--whose members represent depository institutions.

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.

The 4th Report on Consumers and Mobile Financial Services, 2015

The Federal Reserve Board published a new report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015. This is the fourth Board report on the use of mobile financial services and reports how consumers access their bank’s services using mobile phones (“mobile banking”), how they make payments for goods and services using mobile phones (“mobile payments”), as well as their use of mobile phones to inform their shopping and other financial decisions.

REGISTER NOW: 2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality

The 2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital and Inequality, slated for June 18–19 in Pittsburgh, will examine how economic growth can more equitably benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. This forum features experts from across the nation who will present the latest research and field initiatives on topics related to equitable development. Who should attend? The event draws hundreds of academics, bankers, elected officials, funders, practitioners and policymakers from across the eastern United States.


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