Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Rural Native Town at foothills of mountain range
By Andrew Dumont, Andrew Huff
By centering their traditional values in their economies and ways of life, many Native communities in the United States are making progress towards higher levels of prosperity.
Man in wheelchair in office space
By Emily Hershman, Vijay Palaparty
Find out how to apply COVID-19 learnings to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace.
Nurse answers phone at reception desk
By Mary Hogan, Benjamin Horowitz, Ryan Nunn
Reforms can improve the rules of the labor market, helping workers and strengthening the economy.
Small Business Credit Survey 2022
By Emily Corcoran
Help inform policy conversations and decision-making. Take the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey, open September 8-November 18, 2022.
Woman reading eviction notice in kitchen
By Hal Martin
What's the relationship among trends in local market conditions, policies enacted to protect renters, and local eviction filings? Here’s what the data tell us.
Two men and two women in focus group conversation
By Sarah Miller, Ashley Putnam
Businesses tell us they're having a tough time hiring and retaining workers. Do people not want to work or is something deeper going on? We're conducting focus groups with workers to find out what's going on. Here's what we've learned so far.
Occupational licensing may keep foreign-born doctors from practicing medicine in the US
By Tyler Boesch, Ryan Nunn
From EMTs to lawyers, hair stylists to teachers, nearly a quarter of US jobs require a professional license. How can we make it easier for qualified workers to secure those jobs?
Mom sits in her backyard with son and baby daughter
By Ana Kent
When working women become mothers, they have to weigh the pros and cons of staying at their paid jobs. Here's how making it easier for moms to work could benefit the US economy, your community, and you.
Black owned business sign on storefront
By Gabriella Chiarenza
Automated underwriting processes used by some lenders may have reduced racial disparities in accessing the Paycheck Protection Program.
Two women stand behind a wooden coffee shop counter
By Mary Godleski-Cantin
Get to know how communities across the US are planning for an inclusive and resilient Main Street economic recovery.