Broadband under the Community Reinvestment Act

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Date:  Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Time:  2-3 p.m. CT | 3-4 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Just as broadband access plays a critical role in our lives, access to broadband has become essential in community development—education and workforce development, health, housing, small-business development and access to financial services. The ability to access the internet is an important tool for workers to find and keep jobs in both urban and rural markets. However, broadband access lags in many population segments, including low-income and rural communities.

Under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), infrastructure investment includes facilitating the construction, expansion, improvement, maintenance or operation of essential infrastructure or facilities for health services, education, public safety, public services, industrial parks or affordable housing. Broadband is included as a form of infrastructure investment—an essential community service.

This Connecting Communities® webinar will highlight possible opportunities for financial institutions to receive CRA consideration and take advantage of new opportunities to help close the digital divide across communities and improve economic stability.

Speakers include:

  • Jordana Barton, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Jeanne Bonds, Senior Manager of Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Chelsea Cruz, Outreach and Education Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Yolanda Davila, Community Relations Executive, BBVA Compass
  • Adrian Franco, Officer–Outreach and Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Participation in this webinar is free; however, registration is required. Sign up for this session at the Connecting Communities website.

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The Connecting Communities webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative providing a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. All sessions are recorded and archived on the Connecting Communities website.