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Community Partnerships and Investment

The Community Partnerships and Investment Team is a partnership between the St. Louis Fed's Community Development department and our Bank's consumer affairs examiners. We seek out information related to key trends in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities — and how banks respond to the credit and financial services needs of these communities — in the Eight Federal Reserve District.

What We Do

Building awareness: We interact with the community to gather information for examiners' use during Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluations. This feedback guides development of technical assistance, training and programs to improve CRA awareness and utilization among:

  • financial institutions
  • community development organizations
  • government entities
  • policymakers

Building capacity: The team facilitates capacity building and relationship development between financial institutions, funders and community-based organizations. This opens the door to partnerships between funders and community development organizations to address the needs of:

  • LMI geographies, individuals and families
  • small businesses and farms

Key Initiatives

Woman in business dress standing behind a podium.

Neelu Panth, Community Development Advisor, at a recent Investment Connection event.

Investment Connection

This program brings financial institutions and other funders together with community and economic development organizations seeking funding for CRA-eligible projects or programs in LMI, distressed and underserved communities.

It’s an outcome-driven approach to sharing information about community development needs in all parts of our District.


Delta Communities Initiative

Group of men observe a worker inspecting a table stacked with cotton.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard (third from the right) watched a Staplcotn employee demonstrate how to check the staple length of cotton at the company’s headquarters in Greenwood, Miss.

We aim to strengthen communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region by building awareness of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development.

Forums are held throughout the year. They highlight research and ideas on issues affecting Delta towns, such as food insecurity, affordable housing and access to credit for small businesses. Forums feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff, along with regional/national representatives experienced in building and sustaining development efforts.

Meet the Team

Learn more about the members of our Community Partnerships and Investment.