Community Development Events


October 1–3, 2018

Reinventing Our Communities 2018  

2018 Reinventing Our Communities Conference

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At the heart of the community development mission is the goal of helping neighborhoods and individuals reach their full potential and share in the value-creating vitality that is the U.S. economy. Strategies to best use different forms of capital to achieve these goals will be the main focus of the 2018 Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity conference, to be held Monday, October 1, through Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Hilton Baltimore.

Check out the conference agenda to see the lineup of plenaries and workshops that highlight effective models and strategies for investing four forms of capital—financial, human, physical, and social—to create opportunities within communities. When these types of capital are viewed as investments that have the ability to empower people, communities gain access to resources that create economic growth, social cohesiveness, and neighborhood stability.

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Richmond, and Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative. Cosponsors include the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, and St. Louis.

For conference updates and the latest news, follow the conference on Twitter at #Reinventing18.


Washington, D.C.

May 9–10, 2019

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Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference


The Federal Reserve System’s eleventh biennial Community Development Research Conference will explore ways to strengthen and widen paths to the middle class. The decade since the foreclosure crisis and the Great Recession has seen a marked change in the ways to achieve and maintain a middle class life. For many Americans, the traditional paths—attending college, buying a home, and saving for retirement—may now be out of reach or may never have been enough to guarantee financial security.

The conference will explore the latest research on ways to renew the promise of the middle class including:

  • Emerging trends in education, labor practices, entrepreneurship, housing, credit, wealth, indebtedness, and other developments affecting the middle class;
  • Policy innovations and legacies that either encourage or discourage the creation of an inclusive middle class; and
  • Actions by individuals and institutions, including governments, financial institutions, community groups, businesses, and nonprofits, to create new and enduring paths to the middle class.

Please mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you next year at the conference. More details on registration and the call for papers will be available later this year.


Highlighted Past Events


Investing in America's Workforce Capstone Conference (October 2017)

Tenth Biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference (March 2017)

Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference (November 2014)