Special Publications

We partner with other Reserve Banks and organizations on research relevant to community and economic development practitioners.

The American Dream or Just an Illusion? Understanding Land Contract Trends in the Midwest Pre- and Post-Crisis
The American Dream or Just an Illusion? Understanding Land Contract Trends in the Midwest Pre- and Post-Crisis Adobe PDF file format
This paper examines contract for deed activity across six midwestern states. Researchers from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Chicago, and Cleveland collaborated on the paper.
American Voices Project: Monitoring the Crisis
American Voices Project: Monitoring the Crisis
The American Voices Project examines the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people across the country. The Atlanta and Boston Feds and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality are cosponsoring the series.
eBooks
Briefing on Childcare Funding and Policy Considerations in Response to COVID-19 Adobe PDF file format
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the childcare industry has been in flux. Read this brief for a discussion of what might be necessary to help the industry survive.
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Building a Skilled Workforce for a Stronger Southern Economy
The report examines the structural roots and policy decisions in the South that created the current skills gap, and it offers solutions to close that gap. The Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, St. Louis Fed, and National Skills Coalition collaborated on the report.
consumer-community-context
Consumer & Community Context Adobe PDF file format
This issue of the Federal Reserve's Consumer & Community Context features three articles analyzing small businesses' access to capital.
eBooks
eBooks
Free electronic books on community and economic development topics are available for download in iBook, Kindle, and PDF formats.
workforce development
Investing in America's Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities
The report shares insights from focus groups with leaders from around the country on what is needed to improve workforce outcomes and investments. The community development departments of all 12 Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors collaborated on the report.
Looking for Progress
Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-Based FundersOff-site link
The report describes a study tour undertaken by representatives from four Federal Reserve Banks and more than two dozen place-based funders, under the auspices of the Funders' Network-Federal Reserve Philanthropy Initiative.
Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide
Small Businesses of Color Recovery GuideOff-site link
The purpose of this guide is to help support the recovery of small businesses of color by providing readers with a range of ideas in the areas of small business credit and capital, education and training, policy recommendations, and community support. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City collaborated on the publication.
Small Business Survey
Small Business Survey
Reports information about the business performance, financing needs and choices, and borrowing experiences of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
Special Briefing: Despite CDC Moratorium, Atlanta-Area Eviction Filings Hit Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods
Special Briefing: Despite CDC Moratorium, Atlanta-Area Eviction Filings Hit Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods
This paper examines eviction filings that occurred during the pandemic in the Atlanta metro area. The authors find that a neighborhood’s racial composition and median income serve as strong indicators of pandemic eviction filings.
Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships.
Strength in Numbers: The Growth and Evolution of CDFI Partnerships
The publication documents eight community development financial institution (CDFI) partnership models and details the challenges CDFI partnerships face as the industry develops. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Richmond collaborated on the publication.
Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century
Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st CenturyOff-site link
The book explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses, and their communities. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development collaborated on the book, which has contributions from over 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.
Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences
Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs Adobe PDF file format
The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia investigate the factors that are related to the variation in employer requests for bachelor's degrees for four key opportunity occupations among U.S. metropolitan areas.