Why is the Fed engaged in community development? 

Stable communities promote a more robust economy

Through applied research, public programs, outreach and technical assistance, Federal Reserve community development teams help promote economic growth and financial stability in low- and moderate-income communities across the country.

Welcome to Fed Communities

Your gateway to insights for the community development field from the Federal Reserve.

Does your work support people, places, the policy and practice of community development, or small-business development? Fed Communities is a first stop for research, insights, data, and events for community development professionals from the United States central bank, including all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Here’s how people across the nation are working to address the economic challenges facing their local low- and moderate-income communities, with a focus on workable solutions.
Tap into discussions around independent and nonpartisan research that aims to help workers, small business owners, and underserved communities across the nation.
What will best serve the needs of employers, workers, and communities? From survey findings to dashboards, the Fed’s data can inform collaborative efforts between policymakers, employers, and educators.

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Working toward a more equitable economy takes skill, time, and a lot of heart. In our Inspire series, the Fed’s community development experts share what inspires and motivates their work.
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By Fed Communities Staff
Discover how CDFIs are faring in today’s economy. Learn about their products and services, existing challenges, and potential solutions revealed by the Federal Reserve’s latest CDFI survey. Watch or listen on demand.
2023 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS)
By Emily Corcoran
Help inform policy conversations and decision-making. Take the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey.
Open Concept Office, Where a Work Meeting is Being Held
By Alison Shott
What can communities learn about creating equitable workforce systems? A lot with help from the Reinventing Our Communities cohort.