Stories

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. 
A group of people at a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a new home.
By Jennie Blizzard
Discover how the Central Nebraska Economic Development District champions affordable housing in rural Nebraska. Executive Director Judy Petersen shares innovative strategies and financing mechanisms for delivering housing solutions in small communities.
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.
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.
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.
Woman speaking to an audience in a community center
By Jennie Blizzard
Maria Chaparro and Bob Bunting share how authentic community input, coupled with intentional collaboration, is advancing digital inclusion in rural Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
Heather Sobrepena and her family members
By Jennie Blizzard
Heather Sobrepena's role is very much about relationships, people, and community. Her work is to give a voice to Indian Country.
Andrew Dumont, Leilani Barnett, and Diane Bevan, Executive Director of the Idaho Women's Business Center and Idaho Hispanic Chamber at a recent Rural Success Summit hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
By Jennie Blizzard
The Fed’s Rural Learning Community (RLC) shares knowledge about what affects rural communities and how best to foster opportunity in rural areas.
Older couple seated at a deli
By Gabriella Chiarenza
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Philadelphia Fed teamed up to explore equitable post-pandemic recovery and credit access for the state’s small businesses using data from the Fed’s Small Business Credit Survey.
Steve Howland
By Jessica King
Steven Howland shares how curiosity drives his research and helps him address economic issues faced by lower-income populations.