Exploring Innovation in Community Development Webinars

This webinar series from the Community Development department at the St. Louis Fed allows community development professionals from across the Eighth Federal Reserve District to connect with industry experts to hear and discuss current developments and initiatives. Topics vary and are of interest to economic development professionals, financial institution representatives, community advocates and policymakers. Recent sessions include a series of three webinars focused on soft skills in workforce development:

8 From the Eighth Audio Podcast

8 From the Eighth is a podcast series from the Community Development department at the St. Louis Fed. Through interviews with experts (consisting of eight questions), listeners learn about current community development challenges—and successes—in the Eighth District, helping them to understand both the problems and the solutions. Podcasts cover a variety of topics, including innovative strategies and emerging trends related to community development. The audio for all sessions is archived at

  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) — Small businesses form the backbone of our nation's economy and are at the heart of thriving communities. Behind every small business is a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur who has worked tirelessly to start and grow the company. Learn from Angela Lewis, City Manager for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), about how the organization is cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit among middle and high school students living in low- and moderate-income communities.

The Demographics of Wealth: How Age, Education and Race Separate Thrivers from Strugglers in Today's Economy

This three-part series of essays from the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is the result of an analysis of data collected between 1989 and 2013 through the Fed's Survey of Consumer Finances, including interviews with more than 40,000 heads of households during that time period. The essays examine how a family's race or ethnicity, educational attainment and age are related to its ability to thrive financially.

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014

This report from the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Consumer and Community Affairs provides a snapshot of the financial and economic well-being of U.S. households and the issues they face, based on responses to the Board's Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED). The report provides new insight into numerous topics of current relevance to household finances, including economic security and emergency savings, savings and spending behavior, housing and living arrangements, banking and credit access, education and student loan debt, and retirement planning. This is the second year that the Board has conducted the survey and published this report. Access the report and download the survey data at

Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015

This report from the Federal Reserve Board provides information on how consumers access their bank's services using mobile phones ("mobile banking"), how they make payments for goods and services using mobile phones ("mobile payment"), and the use of mobile phones to inform shopping and other financial decisions. Access the report at

Promoting Pathways to Financial Stability: A Resource Handbook on Building Financial Capabilities of Community College Students

This free online resource from the Boston Fed is designed for community college personnel, potential partners and supporters with an interest in empowering students to better manage their financial lives. It is critical to helping students navigate financial decisions they may be facing currently as well as those that could affect their prospects for future financial wellness.

Where Did the Jobs Go?

The Brookings Institution has created an interactive map showing the change in where jobs are located from 2000-2012. Search the map by MSA or hover over it to get specific information at the census tract level.

Take Five with Bill Emmons: Why We're Not Worried About the Economy's First-Quarter Stumble

In this video, Bill Emmons, assistant vice president at the St. Louis Fed, provides an overview of the U.S. housing recovery, including recovery in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. District states are recovering, but not as fast as some parts of the country.


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