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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Financial Literacy: An Overview of Practice, Research and Policy

Studies indicate that the effectiveness of financial literacy training depends on human traits and the type of training provided. A new article from the Federal Reserve focuses on recent research on personal money management styles and offers insights that may be useful in developing successful training programs and strategies. Go to

Faith-Based Community Economic Development: Principles & Practices

Those who are new to faith-based community economic development can benefit from this booklet. Produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in collaboration with New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University), it can be accessed at A hard copy is available for a minimal charge from the Bank by sending an e-mail to

Ten Things Your Faith Community Can Do to Encourage Homeownership

Ten simple suggestions list how a faith-based group can help its members and families in their neighborhood take the first steps to homeownership. Go to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's web site

Arkansas Business Resource Guide

A publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the guide provides a list of planning, development and financing sources throughout the state. The guide can be viewed at or ordered from Lyn Haralson at the Fed's Little Rock Branch, 1-800-482-9463, ext. 240.

Beyond Merger: A Competitive Vision for the Regional City of Louisville

The Brookings Institution examines key trends challenging the Louisville region as it merges with Jefferson County in 2003. After the merger, Louisville will be the 16th largest city in the country. The report provides a five-point competitive agenda for how local leaders can ensure that the new city becomes a top-tier American metropolis. The report is posted on the web at

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