Eight videoconference sites and more than 500 people convened Aug. 26 to hear from national experts on the topic of Addressing the Achievement Gap and Fostering Community Leadership, the second in a series of public policy dialogues in the St. Louis Fed's 2010 Exploring Innovation lineup. Donna Ford, Ph.D., a professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University; Jean Horstman, president and CEO of Boston-based Interise; and Douglas Scarboro, director of the Office of Talent and Human Capital and educational liaison for the City of Memphis, presented both current perspectives and remedies for change for closing the "achievement gulf" in educational arenas, as well as those in business, municipalities and society. An online video of the conference, as well as summaries of the sessions, will soon be available on the St. Louis Fed's Exploring Innovation site at www.exploringinnovation.org.
The St. Louis Fed will soon update its web-based Foreclosure Resource Center, which contains valuable information for consumers and communities. The site, located at www.stlouisfed.org/community-development/housing-and-foreclosure-resources/foreclosure-resource-center, will offer information on the recent loan modification and scam alert news conference held at the St. Louis Fed, along with the six facts to know about loan modification scams. Also on the site will be up-to-the-minute news, regulatory policies and speeches regarding foreclosure and mortgage topics. An updated foreclosure mitigation toolkit for communities has already been added.
In August, Fannie Mae launched a new web site, KnowYourOptions.com. This site offers detailed consumer information via videos, testimonials and step-by-step recipes for keeping homes out of foreclosure.