Equitable Development

A diverse group of people gathered together to share viewpoints.
By Gabriella Chiarenza
Numbers can only tell you so much. To truly understand how people experience the economy, you have to reach out and start a conversation with them. A partnership between the Fed and the Urban Institute shows how community-engaged research approaches are catching on for good in major institutions. 
Donta Council at the White House
By Darryle Aldridge
The Atlanta Fed's Dontá Council uses the lessons he's learned about the impacts of weather disasters to give back to his community and region.
Blossom Johnston
By Jennie Blizzard
Blossom Johnston's strong connection to nature in rural communities, and her passion for children, led her to Idaho almost 40 years ago.
By Jennie Blizzard
Together, Appalachia Funders Network and the Appalachian Regional Commission leverage each other’s networks to help bridge funding gaps — what they consider an essential ingredient in capacity building.
Jane Santa Cruz of the Dallas Fed speaks to an audience at a recent conference focused on digital inclusion.
By Jane Santa Cruz
With digital access becoming increasingly necessary, researchers and practitioners consider the role research plays in informing digital inclusion efforts.
Bank of Bird-in-Hand mobile branch bus parked on the side of the road as a horse and buggy pass by.
By Alaina Barca, Crystal Flynn
Two community banks, Bank of Bird-in-Hand and BankOnBuffalo, combat banking deserts in a unique way by bringing access to financial services to the communities that they serve. 
Multi-cultural crowd of people.
By Fed Communities Staff
Here’s what nonprofit and community leaders, and workforce professionals serving lower-income people shared with the Federal Reserve for the January 2024 Beige Book.
White and red polka dot piggy bank with cash standing on cracked desert
By Fed Communities Staff
Discover banking deserts and potential ones using the Banking Deserts dashboard. This interactive dashboard provides census tract-level data of states and counties from 2019-2023.
Disability, diversity and business meeting with staff, people or team communication, planning on corporate strategy, goal or mission for KPI.
By Jennie Blizzard
The Fed involves community development advisory councils to consider diverse perspectives from low-income communities when making decisions about monetary policy.
Ashley Putnam speaking at a conference
By Allison Ulman
Ashley Putnam knows that change starts with listening. She leads programs that encourage organizations to think differently about their impact on communities.