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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.

Jun 02, 2022

Women's Experience in the Labor Market: Pandemic Reflections

The labor market has largely recovered from the unprecedented rates of unemployment the pandemic caused. But the data under the topline numbers tell a story about significant changes in the attachment of women, especially women of color, to the labor force. To learn more, read Workforce Currents.

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).

Oct 21, 2021

Guaranteed Income (GI) Dashboard: Visualizing Public Benefits Loss for Participants in GI Pilot Programs

The Atlanta Fed developed the Guaranteed Income Dashboard tool as part of our Advancing Careers initiative. Partners Update discusses the tool and how practitioners, policymakers, and GI recipients are using it in GI pilot programs across the country.

Oct 18, 2021

Southeastern Rental Affordability Tracker

The tool demonstrates the abundance of southeastern renter households that pay more than 30 percent or 50 percent of their income on housing. A new feature shows the share of cost-burdened renters by race or ethnicity or by age.

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.

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.

Aug 05, 2021

The Importance of Addressing Long-Term Unemployment for Economic Recovery

Up to 4 million workers remain among the long-term unemployed even as jobs are being added and the unemployment rate falls. Read this Workforce Currents article for a discussion of long-term unemployment and the policies that could help people get good jobs.

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 29, 2021

Not Quite Sunny: The State of Southeastern Small Businesses during COVID

Partners Update examines state-level data from the Federal Reserve's Small Business Credit Survey on five states in the Atlanta Fed's District, comparing them with national results.

Jun 03, 2021

Special Briefing: Despite CDC Moratorium, Atlanta-Area Eviction Filings Hit Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods Adobe PDF file format

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.

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.

Mar 24, 2021

Tackling an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development engagement team launched the Inclusive and Resilient Recovery initiative to support strategies for a more inclusive and resilient economic recovery. Partners Update reflects on the ongoing webinar series and the goals of this initiative.

Feb 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Business Credit Survey: Findings, Implications, and Opportunities for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - February 25, 2021

The Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development team presented findings from the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey: 2021 Report on Employer Firms, particularly the impact of COVID-19 on these businesses.

Feb 10, 2021

Financial Resilience Challenges during the Pandemic

The history of discriminatory policies leaves many Black and Hispanic people less resilient in the face of the economic shock caused by the pandemic. Partners Update examines this history's connections to household financial resilience.

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.

Feb 01, 2021

Ecommerce's Spillover Effects on the Local Retail Real Estate Market

Online commerce continues its impressive growth rates, but does its growth diminish the value of traditional retail locations? A macroblog post analyzes the effect of ecommerce warehouses on retail real estate values.

Jan 14, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Supporting Small Businesses for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - January 14, 2021

Speakers from organizations that support small businesses and entrepreneurship discussed the challenges these businesses are facing during the pandemic. For instance, many small businesses of color were unable to tap government programs like the Paycheck Protection Program because they lacked an existing relationship with a bank. Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated the discussion.

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 23, 2020

Utilizing Opportunity Occupations Data for Recovery

Millions of lower-wage American workers have lost their jobs in the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping these workers find new job opportunities requires innovative workforce development programs that connect them to employment that can use their existing skills without requiring additional education. Workforce Currents examines how these opportunity occupations create a pathway for displaced workers to quickly transition into better, higher-paying jobs.

Dec 18, 2020

Mortgage Prepayment, Race, and Monetary Policy

During the period 2005 to 2020, Black borrowers paid higher interest rates on their mortgages than non-Hispanic white borrowers did. The authors of this working paper find that policies that reduce barriers to refinancing for minority borrowers can decrease this racial mortgage pricing inequality.

Dec 18, 2020

Supporting the Recovery of Small Businesses of Color

Small businesses of color are important contributors to the national economy. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds recently published the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide to help support these firms’ economic recovery. This Partners Update article provides an overview of this comprehensive guide.

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 18, 2020

How Diverse Perspectives Improve Economics

Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic gave the keynote address during the second installment of the Race and Economics series hosted by FederalReserveEducation.org. Mary Suiter, St. Louis Fed assistant vice president and economic education officer, served as moderator. President Bostic's presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring economists whose expertise will provide students, teachers, and professors with insights into the importance of having economists with diverse perspectives studying the important issues of the day.

Nov 12, 2020

Atlanta Fed Considers Ways to Expand Inclusion in Payments System

Burgeoning technologies and societal changes have increased the importance of participation in the payments system. This Economy Matters article looks at ways the Atlanta Fed hopes to foster greater overall participation.