Category Archives: Community Development and Policy Studies

Workforce Development for the Next Generation: Early Childhood Education

By Emily Engel Workforce development, long thought to be the purview of community colleges and other vocational programs increasingly extends into early childhood education and elementary school. In fact, many practitioners today believe that workforce development and early childhood education … Continue reading

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Branch Office Closings and Access to Financial Services in Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

By the Consumer Compliance Division of the Supervision and Regulation Department Bank branches are an integral component of the financial infrastructure of a community. In low-and moderate-income communities, the presence of a bank branch might be one of only a … Continue reading

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Organizations Focused on Children and Creating a Healthier Chicago

Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) continues to be engaged in the System-wide Healthy Communities Initiative  which explores the shared interests and goals of the community development and public health fields, with particular focus on the social determinants of health. … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

Please join us next month at the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference on March 23 & 24 in Washington DC. This event happens every other year and brings together a wide array of people from academia, researchers, policymakers, … Continue reading

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The Workforce Development Challenges of Returning Citizens: A Simulation from Mitchellville, Iowa

By Marva Williams Iowa, like many other states has a growing prison population. In 1991, the state had roughly 4,500 inmates. By 2016, the number of prisoners had grown by 85 percent to about 8,300. Reducing recidivism in Iowa is a … Continue reading

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Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Year 1 Recap

Beginning in 2015, CDPS undertook an ambitious information gathering process as a first step in developing a five-year strategic plan. When the Fed’s Board of Governors first created the community development function in 1981 shortly after passage of the Community … Continue reading

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Student Debt, Wealth Inequality, and the Return on a College Degree: The Role of Children’s Savings Accounts

By William Elliott Note: Dr. William Elliott is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion at The University of Kansas. He recently participated the “Post-Secondary Education Option” panel  at the “Exploring Prominent Issues … Continue reading

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The New World of Data and its Potential to Advance Community Change

By Robin Newberger Hyper-local data, whether aggregated by municipal agencies or independent researchers, is providing policymakers and ordinary citizens with the information to answer countless questions affecting the lives of Chicago residents. For example, parcel-level data assembled from a variety … Continue reading

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Highlights from the “Post-Secondary Education Option” panel at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Community Development Conference

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Federal Reserve hosted a community development conference: “Exploring Prominent Issues in Financial Resiliency and Mobility in Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Communities.” The conference took a fresh look at a variety of issues that affect … Continue reading

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Two Examples of Mental Health Clinics in Chicago that Serve LMI Communities

by Marva Williams Community Development departments in the Federal Reserve System work to understand and address barriers to economic mobility, and engage banks, government, and nonprofit intermediaries to channel financial and other resources to places in need of physical, economic, and … Continue reading

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