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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Informational Podcasts

8 From the Eighth Audio Podcasts

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.

  • Kiva Zip
    Jonny Price, Senior Director
    Price discusses how Kiva Zip, a pilot program launched by Kiva that connects borrowers to lenders through crowdfunding across the U.S., helps underserved entrepreneurs launch their small businesses by accessing the financial capital they need with zero-interest loans. He also speaks to the power of cultivating community and forging relationships between borrowers and lenders.
  • ioby (in our backyards)
    Erin Barnes, Co-Founder and Executive Director
    Barnes discusses how this crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighbor-funded projects strengthens neighborhoods by supporting the leaders in them who want to make positive change. She provides examples of successful projects and tells you how to use ioby to get your ideas for change funded and up and running in your community.

More 8 From the Eighth podcasts are available at

Economic Development Podcasts

Experts from industry and academia provide their thoughts on workforce development, entrepreneurship and employee training in these podcasts.

  • Strategies to Mitigate Rural Poverty: Using Human and Social Capital
    One outcome of the recent recession is that rural poverty rates are the highest since the mid-1980s. Mil Duncan, founding director of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute, discusses the issues facing the rural poor.
  • Should Microbusinesses Matter to Your Local Community?
    Microbusinesses are a proven job-creation vehicle and promote economic growth. An Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) report suggests the size and impact of microbusinesses has implications for local economic development. Kim Alleyne, at AEO, provides highlights from the report.
  • Competition to Incentivize Community Change: Working Cities Challenge
    The Working Cities Challenge is an innovative economic development competition designed to drive lasting cross-sector partnerships and improve residents’ well-being in the winning cities. This podcast describes the early outcomes of the Massachusetts-based initiative.

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