The St. Louis Fed's new profile, Community Investment Opportunities for St. Louis, will be released in October. The profile is divided into sections on community development, economic development, affordable housing, small business, rural development and community investments. It includes tables that provide demographic data for each county in the St. Louis MSA.
By combining information obtained from on-site interviews in the community with analysis of census and lending data, the profile helps financial institutions identify lending, service and investment opportunities. It also identifies many of the local, state and national organizations active in community development, as well as existing programs available to enhance affordable housing and small business development. The profile emphasizes opportunities for creating partnerships and working relationships between financial institutions and these organizations and programs.
In addition to the new St. Louis profile, others are available for the following areas: Little Rock (recently updated) and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.; Evansville, Ind.; Louisville and Owensboro, Ken.; Columbia and Springfield, Mo.; Jackson and Memphis, Tenn.; and eight rural areas in the Lower Mississippi Delta Region covering parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. In addition, a community profile of the Texarkana MSA in Texas and Arkansas is being prepared jointly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. All Eighth District profiles are available by calling Diana Judge at (314) 444-8761.