Delta Communities: The Role of Housing as an Asset for Families and Economic Development Driver for Communities in the Delta

Registration for these meetings is closed.

Date:  Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Time:  10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT
Location: Museum of the Mississippi Delta
1608 Highway 82 West
Greenwood, Miss. 38930 (map it)



Date:  Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Time:  9 a.m.-1 p.m. CT
Location: Beth El Heritage Hall
406 Perry St.
Helena, Ark. 72342 (map it)

Local, state, regional and national housing leaders will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Delta region at this Delta Communities convening co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit working to achieve financial security and economic opportunity across the country. Topics will include improving access to quality housing for renters, homeowners and manufactured home residents. We will also discuss opportunities to expand access to credit for nonprofit housing developers focusing on rental and homeownership options, as well as how housing can support family stability and improve financial opportunities.

These meetings are very similar in format and content; please register for either the event in Greenwood or the one in Helena.

Participation is free; however, registration is required by noon on Monday, Nov. 28, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Faith Weekly at 502-568-9216 or faith.e.weekly@stls.frb.org.


Delta Communities Initiative

With an aim of strengthening communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region, the St. Louis Fed has launched the Delta Communities initiative to build awareness of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development through regional forums. The meetings will feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff and regional and national representatives with experience in building and sustaining community and economic development efforts. Six forums, each of which will take place in both Arkansas and Mississippi, have been scheduled through the beginning of 2017, with additional dates to be announced later. Themes for the current slate of Delta Communities forums include or have included:

  • Identifying Challenges and Opportunities through Data and Dialogue
    June 9 – Greenwood, Miss.  | June 10 – Helena, Ark.
  • Understanding the Credit Environment for Small-Business Development and Expansion
    Aug. 11 – Greenwood  |  Aug. 12 – Helena
  • Building the Right Team and Relationships for Community and Economic Development
    Sept. 15 – Greenwood  |  Sept. 16 – Helena
  • Making a Plan and Sourcing Financial Resources for Financing Community and Economic Development
    Oct. 20 – Greenwood  |  Oct. 21 – Helena
  • The Role of Housing as an Asset for Families and an Economic Development Driver for Communities in the Delta
    Dec. 1 – Greenwood  |  Dec. 2 – Helena
  • Tapping the Community Reinvestment Act for Community and Economic Development
    Jan. 19 – Greenwood  |  Jan. 20 – Helena

Representatives from financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities and other local leaders are welcome to participate. While the first six forums will be in Greenwood, Miss., and Helena, Ark., leaders from communities across the Delta region are encouraged to attend.