Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Business district located in a rural American town.
By Nick Haltom, Stephanie Norris
Get insightful data and findings from the Richmond Fed's 2023 CDFI Survey, highlighting the impact and challenges of rural CDFIs.
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.
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.
Maria Chaparro
By Jennie Blizzard
Mamacítas Cibernéticas (Cybernetic Mamas) wants to make sure the community has a say when it comes to digital inclusion in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
Sign with sticky notes stating "What's your purpose"
By Carrie Cook
CDFIs play a critical role in getting capital into underserved communities. Findings from the Fed’s 2023 CDFI Survey, discussed at OFN’s annual conference, highlight opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
Community Perspectives and Conditions November 2023
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 November 2023 Beige Book.
By Jennie Blizzard
Breyon says he’s continued the family legacy for many reasons, but one stands out. As a self-proclaimed “history nerd,” he says he wants to do his part to keep Black-owned family farms alive.
Open sign with American flag
By Liz Duda
Small-business ownership allows military veterans to leverage skills gained while they served. The Fed’s Small Business Credit Survey shares insights about how veteran-owned businesses are doing.
By Benjamin Horowitz
The Community Reinvestment Act is undergoing its first significant modernization in about a quarter century. Take a look back at the historical conditions that shaped it.
Focused women working at a laundry service ironing clothes
By Patrick T. Harker
As we think of ways to build the strong economy of tomorrow, we cannot afford to […]