Connecting Communities During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Broadband Solutions for Local Governments
Directives for social distancing and stay-at-home orders have made access to broadband an urgent necessity for families as they struggle to stay connected with schooling, jobs, health care, government assistance and more.
Communities, Service Providers in Region See Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery, Fed Survey Shows
Nearly all respondents reported "significant" disruption to economic conditions in their communities, and over two-thirds anticipate a "difficult" economic recovery.
Federal and Local Resources Help Small Businesses Strive for New Normal
In May, we released an in-depth look at the experiences of small business owners across Texas in the first month of the crisis. In the subsequent months, there have been updates to existing resources, and more initiatives have launched to support small firms across the country and state.
Women Veteran Business Owners: We Want to Hear From You
Women veteran-owned small businesses are an important part of our regional economy, but little is known about their needs and challenges.
Who Benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program? Our Texas Analysis Offers an Early Look
Though many hail the Paycheck Protection Program as a historic lifeline for the economy, others have raised concerns that the program reinforces inequities and has led to loan approvals not in alignment with its mission.
Women-Veteran Entrepreneurs Face Hardships Made Worse by Pandemic
Businesses that were already vulnerable before the COVID-19 pandemic have become even more so during the ensuing recession the last few months. These businesses tend to be smaller and younger and are disproportionately owned by Hispanic and especially Black entrepreneurs.
Putting Manufacturing Jobs on the Map: Dallas Fed, Big Country Alliance Partner to Grow West Texas Workforce
Manufacturing jobs present the potential for many workers to make a living wage.
Opportunity Zones: How Will We Know if Communities Reap the Benefits?
Much has happened since the Dallas Fed released its first article on Opportunity Zones (OZs). While we know a lot more than we did, some aspects of OZs remain unclear.
How Can You Close the Digital Divide in Your Community? Start with a Needs Assessment
The shape of the digital divide is different in each community. Affordability, infrastructure, lack of devices or skills, and low awareness of the internet’s benefits can all be factors.
COVID-19 and CRA: Fed Issues Guidance on Helping Communities Through the Crisis
To help support economic resiliency, we are providing Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration for banking and lending activities in response to COVID-19.