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Connecting Communities™ FAQs

Why was this program created?

Communication is key. As part of the Federal Reserve System, Community Development staff recognize that we are uniquely qualified to provide information to the public on community and economic development topics. In this spirit, this audioconference program is designed to serve as a tool for sharing expertise on emerging and important community development topics.

I've never heard about Community Development at the Federal Reserve. What more can you tell me?

Initially established in 1981, the Community Development function was designed to assist financial institutions in meeting their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by helping them identify the credit needs and lending opportunities in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities in their market areas. While facilitating CRA compliance remains at its foundation, the Community Development function has grown considerably over time; it now includes sharing information and forging partnerships to promote sustainable community development initiatives, as well as an increasingly important research and data analysis component to help identify and close information gaps.

Where are the Federal Reserve System's Community Development offices located?

The System's Community Development offices are positioned across the country to provide information and promote awareness of investment opportunities to financial institutions, government agencies, and organizations that serve LMI communities and populations. This audioconference series complements the System's existing outreach initiatives, which are conducted through regional Reserve Bank and Branch offices and at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. To view a map of the Federal Reserve System Districts, in addition to staff contact information, click here. View map and contact information

How are Connecting Communities™ sessions organized?

Connecting Communities™ is a audioconference call-in program featuring speaker presentations on a variety of emerging and important community and economic development topics. Each hour-long session features 30-45 minutes of slides and speaker presentations, followed by an interactive question-and-answer period.

Who is the target audience for these sessions?

The intended audience for our sessions varies depending on the topic. Generally speaking, these sessions will be of interest to community development professionals, practitioners, financial institution representatives, policymakers, and all those with an interest in furthering the economic growth and financial stability of low- and moderate-income communities.

How can I participate as an audience member?

All sessions (and session materials) are free and open to the public; however, a valid email address is required. By providing a valid email address to participate in a session, you will receive access to the Connecting Communities™ website, with information on upcoming sessions as well as an archived inventory of materials from previous sessions (including audio replay). The website also provides links to Federal Reserve System Community Development resources and information related to session topics.

How can I ask questions as an audience member during these sessions?

Registrants are able to submit questions before and during the sessions via e-mail. We are very interested in audience participation. If we happen to run short on time during the live sessions, we make our best efforts to respond to questions that do not get answered at the conclusion of each session. Additionally, in the interest of maintaining regular communication about topics with our audience, organizers share information on any new developments that may come up between the live sessions.

Can I make topic suggestions for a future Connecting Communities™ session?

Yes. We welcome all suggestions for future topics at any time via e-mail at

If I have questions about the Connecting Communities™ website, what should I do?

Questions can be directed in the form of an e-mail to, and our staff will do their best to provide a prompt response.