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Saturday, October 1, 2011

HUD Report: Neighborhood Effects of Concentrated Poverty

The winter 2011 Evidence Matters, a HUD publication, provides a summary of research to date on the relationship between opportunities and neighborhoods struggling with poverty. Read the report at

New Report on St. Louis Nonprofits

A new study released by the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis offers an analysis of community development in the St. Louis region. The PPRC also launched a network of community development nonprofits that is designed to increase their capacity and give them a seat at the table when policy is made. To read the report, visit

New Microfinance Video Interview

Daniel Davis, a former community development specialist at the St. Louis Fed, traveled to Bangladesh in the winter of 2010–2011 to see how microfinance has helped the Bangladeshi people.

He was interviewed here at the Bank about his experience; the video is available on the Bank's public web site ( and complements an article that Davis wrote in the spring 2011 Bridges (

Web Project Encourages Green Reuse of Vacant Land

Center for Community Progress is launching an interactive resource for communities, individuals and policymakers interested in improving their neighborhoods through strategic green reuse of vacant land. Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land provides a searchable list of resources to help guide you in creating green projects on vacant land in your community. For more information, see Grounds for Change at www.communityprogress.netarrow.

Community Investment Network

The Community Investment NetworkSM is designed to be a national information resource for individuals and organizations interested in creating, rejuvenating and maintaining healthy communities in the U.S. It is a powerful tool for the continual sharing of useful and actionable news, research data, information, perspectives and opinions related to all aspects of community development. Visit

Ecomomic Mobility Project

Pew's Economic Mobility Project (EMP) focuses public attention on economic mobility—the ability to move up or down the income ladder within a lifetime, or from one generation to the next. The project is generating an active policy debate about how best to improve economic opportunity in the U.S. and to ensure that the American dream is kept alive for generations that follow. For more information, visit