What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities

What works to improve low-income communities? This book, a new volume of essays published jointly by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, argues that to answer this question we need to enhance the ways that we collect, use and share data across institutions and sectors. Download or order a free copy of What Counts and share your ideas about a data-driven future at

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:

Both the audio and the presentation for all sessions are archived at

Economic Development Podcast

Opportunity Index

An annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational and civic factors that expand opportunity.

Rural Matters Online Data Event

This series of three 19-minute webinars assists those working in rural communities with using Community Commons' tools and resources.

Community Development Data Guidebook

This free online resource from the San Francisco Fed provides information on a variety of community development data resources, divided by topic area, along with a practical application of how to retrieve the data and suggestions on how to conduct appropriate analysis.

Community Tool Box

A free online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change, this website offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.


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Fed in Print: An index of the economic research conducted by the Fed.


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