Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

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.
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.
Think Big Shop Small Sign
By Anne O’Shaughnessy
What happens when a small business falls under the radar of the nation’s largest lenders during a pandemic?