NCIF annual development banking conference: The CDFI banking industry – raising the bar for mission and profit
The National Community Investment Fund (NCIF) held its Annual Development Banking Conference on November 2 and 3, 2011, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The conference brought together 160 CEOs, investors, regulators, and other stakeholders from the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) banking industry to share knowledge and discuss issues around the theme of ?Mission and Profit: Raising the Bar.? There were seven panels over two days that centered on topics addressing how these institutions can continue to serve their community development mission while operating in an ...
Building communities: making a difference
One of the most vexing economic problems facing the United States has been the persistence of pockets of poverty in the midst of prosperity. The reasons for this are many and complex. Prominent among them are economic isolation in the case of rural areas, and language and cultural barriers in the case of many inner-city communities. Discrimination has played a role, but so too has simple ignorance. Resources and opportunities exist in these communities, but getting the recognition from market sources necessary to leverage these assets is difficult. For whatever reason, human and physical ...
The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation: transforming the approach to creating positive economic impact in distressed communities
From the late 1970s until about 2002,Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was home to a half dozen or so very active community development corporations ? earnest organizations staffed with dedicated individuals who used federal and state funds to try to improve economically depressed neighborhoods by purchasing distressed properties, rehabilitating them, and then either selling or renting them to qualified, low-income families or local businesses. This effort mirrored what was happening in the rest of the country. According to a 2005 survey by the National Congress of Community.
Fed Governors see Cameron Park colonia firsthand
Federal Reserve Governors Susan Bies and Ben Bernanke recently visited with the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville and toured the Cameron Park colonia to learn more about affordable housing development in Texas colonias. They also met with a small business owner who received a loan from ACCION Texas, the country's largest microlender.
Recycling urban vacant land inch by inch, row by row: neighbors reclaim neighborhoods
Vacant, abandoned, and contaminated properties in urban areas can provide opportunities for neighborhood transformation- even new jobs. Examples in the Northeast show that sometimes all it takes to get the ball rolling is a group of visionary gardeners.
Bank holding company investments for community development
Neighborhood housing dervices of Chicago homeownership preservation iinitiative
On Wednesday, September 3, 2003, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted a breakfast meeting at which Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago made a presentation on the progress of HOPI, the Home Ownership Preservation Initiative. HOPI, officially launched in April of 2003, is a partnership between the City of Chicago, NHS and key financial institutions who conduct business in Chicago, including General Motors Acceptance Corporation?Residential Funding Corporation (GMAC-RFC), Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., Bank One Corp., LaSalle Bank, Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Bank of America ...
Center for community self-help