The Federal Reserve Is Updating the Community Reinvestment Act. Here’s How You Can Help.
Whether you are a community-service organization member, an economic development professional or simply interested in helping communities in our region thrive, your comments and ideas are a critical part of ensuring an inclusive financial services industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shock, Grief and Opportunity: The Emotional Roller Coaster of COVID-19 in the Small Business Community
Given that small businesses employ nearly half of all private sector workers, their struggles directly impact both the well-being of workers and the broader economy.
Dallas County Promise Puts Higher Education—and Higher Earning Potential—Within Students’ Reach
Vanessa was accepted to a Promise partner institution and soon found herself at a place she never thought her path would take her. Programs like Dallas County Promise are important in today’s economy as postsecondary education becomes increasingly necessary.
March 6 Summit to Explore Connection Between Housing and Access to Opportunity
Research shows that life expectancy in Texas differs as much as 30 years depending on the ZIP code in which someone lives.
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.
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.