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, and practitioners from the public and private sectors. In line with the Community Development Department’s mission, the conference will focus on the economic futures of kids and communities by working to improve the socioeconomic prospects of low- and moderate-income (LMI) people in addition to working with community leaders to bring development and investment opportunities to underserved communities.
The 2017 conference will explore the interplay between the development of kids and their communities, with an understanding that “development” factors into key economic and social aspects of kids’ lives. High-quality and emerging research from multiple disciplines will be presented in a dialogue with policymakers and community practitioners who can utilize the lessons gleaned from the research. This event will spotlight research that can inform questions about key drivers to success, differences across subpopulations, scalable intervention strategies, and policy considerations.
There will be three sets of concurrent paper sessions over two days tied into three different topics: Early Childhood Development; Community Conditions; and Education and Workforce. There will also be three plenary sessions: 1) Early Childhood Development and Return on Investment; 2) Shaping Economic Futures: The Role of Communities; and 3) Skill Development and Workforce Outcomes. The event will conclude with a key note address by Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem Children’s Zone.
The conference will also feature remarks by three Federal Reserve leaders, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; and Charles Evans, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.