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Sep 02, 2022

Emergency Rental Assistance Insights from the Southeast

Emergency Rental Assistance programs helped struggling renters during the pandemic. Community and Economic Development staff spoke with southeastern affordable rental housing stakeholders to understand local and state implementation of these programs. Learn more in Partners Update.

Aug 30, 2022

CLIFF Dashboard Evaluations: Insights from Three State Pilots

The Atlanta Fed’s Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster (CLIFF) tools provide information about how public benefits change with income gains. This Partners Update article discusses three state pilot evaluations of one of the tools, the CLIFF Dashboard.

Aug 03, 2022

Road to Recovery: The State of Southeastern Small Businesses

As the United States continues to wrestle with the implications of COVID-19 and create a new normal for getting things done, at least 50 percent of firms in the Sixth District reported poor or fair financial conditions. Partners Update article examines disproportionate financial barriers in small businesses and businesses owned by people of color.

Jul 29, 2022

CDFIs Expand Access to Workforce Development Training

The workforce development sector needs new ways to finance education and training at every level. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can play an important role. This Partners Update article summarizes a recent paper that explores partnerships with CDFIs in the workforce development system.

Jul 14, 2022

Household Financial Well-Being in the Southeast

A healthy economy is one that offers economic mobility and resilience to everyone. Read Partners Update for a discussion of two webinars in the Atlanta Fed’s Inclusive and Resilient Recovery series that looked at the financial health of households.

Jul 11, 2022

Modernizing Community Reinvestment Act Rules

In May, the federal banking regulators issued a joint notice on modernizing the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment Act. This Partners Update article discusses proposed updates and asks the public to provide feedback through the public comment process.

May 26, 2022

Initiative Focuses on Economic Inclusion

The Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative will explore ways to make cities more vital and prosperous for all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, and geography. Partners Update discusses the initiative and the Atlanta Fed's role in it.

Feb 17, 2022

Constraints to an Inclusive Recovery: Highlights from an Atlanta Fed Report

Our Community and Economic Development team continues to monitor how COVID-19 is affecting both communities and organizations that serve low- and moderate-income households and communities of color in the Southeast. Explore the group’s recent findings on this topic in Partners Update.

Dec 02, 2021

Heirs' Property Prevention and Resolution Funders' Forum - December 2, 2021

Join the Atlanta Fed and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta for an event to provide potential funders with solutions to the heirs’ property challenge on December 2 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Nov 17, 2021

Toward an Inclusive Recovery: Increasing the Housing Security of Vulnerable Renters through Rental Assistance - November 17, 2021

Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic spoke about the need to create and implement a housing system equitable for all in closing a virtual event on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing instability for renters.

Nov 09, 2021

The Great Resignation and Long-Term Unemployment - November 9, 2021

The Atlanta Fed and AARP examined current labor market issues and potential solutions for increasing labor market participation in this virtual event.

Oct 06, 2021

Emerging Themes from Workforce Development Month 2021

Workforce Development Month, celebrated each September, focuses on what workers need to be successful in an evolving economy. This Workforce Currents article chronicles takeaways from a Twitter chat that focused on how lawmakers, researchers, and practitioners can #InvestInWork.

Sep 29, 2021

Tackling Vacancy and Abandonment: Strategies and Impacts after the Great Recession

This joint research publication by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Fed, and the Center for Community Progress explores the challenges associated with vacant and abandoned properties since the mortgage crisis and offers lessons for future policies and strategies.

Aug 17, 2021

Have Workers Decided Money Matters Less Than It Used to?

They say money talks, but does it speak more softly to workers in today's job market? This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations with regional contacts to learn more about business leaders’ observations.

Jul 15, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Career Pathways to Household Financial Well-Being - July 15, 2021

Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development staff members and guests discuss how career advancement is tied to household financial well-being. They also consider the systemic barriers that pose challenges to economic self-sufficiency.

Jun 21, 2021

What Can Be Done about the Childcare Benefits Cliff? A Case Study in Florida

Partners Update summarizes a recent discussion paper that looks at the benefits cliffs associated with childcare, using two contrasting Florida counties as examples.

Jun 18, 2021

Restructuring the Eligibility Policies of the Child Care and Development Fund to Address Benefits Cliffs and Affordability

This paper explores how the current eligibility policies of the federal Child Care and Development Fund create benefits cliffs and affordability challenges that act as barriers to economic self-sufficiency.

May 25, 2021

Rework Community Insights Monitor

The Rework Community Insights Monitor provides a metro-level view on good jobs and training within local labor markets. The tool shows the most prevalent industries and occupations, how many of these jobs are accessible to workers without a bachelor's degree, and more.

May 13, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Household Financial Well-Being in the Southeast - May 13, 2021

Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development staff and guest speakers provide a framework for financial well-being and its relationship to an inclusive and resilient recovery for the whole economy.

Apr 30, 2021

Real Experiences of the Pandemic: Monitoring the Crisis

The Atlanta and Boston Feds and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality are cosponsoring a new series of reports, Monitoring the Crisis: American Voices Project. Partners Update examines the first four reports on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people and communities.

Apr 07, 2021

Among Atlanta Fed Contacts, Optimism Takes Root a Year into Pandemic

After a tumultuous year of pandemic retrenchment, regional business contacts feel they might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to learn more about what business leaders are seeing.

Mar 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Businesses of Color: Toward an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - March 25, 2021

Atlanta Fed and Kansas City Fed Community and Economic Development staff summarized findings from the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide. Guest speakers discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs or funders of small businesses of color.

Feb 05, 2021

Atlanta Fed Contacts: Economy Needs a Literal Shot in the Arm

Business contacts believe that a return to economic normalcy hinges on a successful nationwide vaccination effort. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to allow a glimpse of what regional business leaders are thinking.

Jan 08, 2021

Podcast Explores Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Modernizing the CRA is an opportunity to address systemic barriers to credit and financial services that continue to hold many communities back. In this podcast, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic and Fed governor Lael Brainard discuss how the CRA can help improve economic mobility and resilience.

Dec 30, 2020

Tackling Racial Equity through Community Development

Focusing on the role structural racism plays in our economy and society, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, and Minneapolis launched the Racism and the Economy series. Partners Update reflects on emerging lessons from the series and what it means to use data and expertise to inform policymakers.

Dec 17, 2020

COVID-19 Exacerbating Region’s Food Insecurity

For those who lack access to enough food, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an especially acute daily threat. This Economy Matters article looks at how food insecurity affects the Southeast and how some organizations are combating it.

Nov 13, 2020

Can Community Colleges Step Up as Engines of Economic Recovery?

Businesses in an array of industries have accelerated their reliance on automation in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, leaving millions of U.S. workers in need of new skills to meet the demands of the changing labor market. Workforce Currents examines what it would take for community colleges to emerge as the nation’s premier providers of workforce training and education.