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

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 consisting of eight questions with experts, 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. A recent podcast is:

Visit to listen to this and other archived podcasts from the St. Louis Fed.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century

This new book, produced in partnership by the Federal Reserve banks of Atlanta and Kansas City along with Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, explores how new policies and practices can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses and their communities. It includes contributions from more than 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development. Download the book or individual chapters at

Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface

This in-depth report on the U.S. Community Investing (USCI) field from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) includes both a landscape study of USCI as well as recommendations regarding how to scale it. Learn more and download the report at

Identifying Opportunity Occupations in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Economies

Are there well-paying jobs for workers with less education than a 4-year college degree? What are those jobs? How do employer preferences differ from education requirements for good jobs? This new report, produced jointly by the Philadelphia, Atlanta and Cleveland Federal Reserve banks, addresses these and other questions about employment opportunities in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. For more information, visit

Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing

This report provides evidence that investment managers can align impact goals with financial expectations without sacrificing performance. To read the report, visit

2015 Landscape Report: Quantifying Missouri’s Nonprofit Sector

This report from Nonprofit Missouri describes the scope and impact of the state’s nonprofit industry within a broader economic perspective. Download the report at

Foundation Maps

Designed and created by the Forum for Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Foundation Center, this is an interactive and continually updated map—which goes down to the neighborhood level—with information on how many grants have been allocated, who the recipients are, what type of work is being funded, etc. Search the map at


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