Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Black women in wheelchair using laptop
By Michael Morris
Could CRA modernization drive more inclusive community development for individuals with disabilities, especially those at the intersection of race or ethnicity?
Young woman uses broadband access for social interaction
By Candáce Wright
The pandemic has underscored how many aspects of modern life rely on high-speed internet, and how stark the difference in broadband access is for some Americans, both in rural areas and big cities.
Mom and two boys using a laptop in their living room
By Jeremy Hegle
When Beth Drum heard that families in her area needed computers for remote work and school, she enlisted her employer's help to get 400 refurbished laptops to their community. Here's how she did it.
Bridging Change with CRA
By Lael Brainard
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard shares her views on why it's the right time to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act.
CRA Building Blocks for Change
By Laurel Gourd, Maria Villanueva
In the 40+ years since the CRA was enacted in 1977, the way banking is conducted has changed. It's just one reason the Fed is looking to update the regulation we use to evaluate banks under the law.
CRA Building Blocks for Change
By Laurel Gourd, Maria Villanueva
Congress enacted the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977, requiring banks to reinvest in the communities in which they operate. Here's why the law was needed and why it's still relevant today.
Pediatrician with young patient
By Fed Communities Staff
Differences in health outcomes exist across many factors, including economic status, education, race and ethnicity, and geography. This Connecting Communities webinar focuses on the impact of COVID-19, historical and structural barriers to health equity, the relationship between health and economic equity, and practices to encourage equitable health. Watch on demand.
Woman at her work desk with basketball
By Dell Gines
Like basketball players, entrepreneurs need a strong system of support to maximize their potential. Here are the six parts of a healthy entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Explore Your Options
By Jimmy Gastner
The Occupational Mobility Explorer tool helps you identify transferable job skills and explore career opportunities in your community.
Masked man sits outside closed business
By Fed Communities Staff
Minority small-business owners and community lenders joined us for a virtual event to discuss where they are at this stage of the pandemic, what they need going forward, and who can and should help. Watch on demand.