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Bank:Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  Series:Community Development Innovation Review 

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Bringing down green financing costs: how a state-sponsored bank might be the key

The costs of clean energy solutions are falling. As one example, solar panel prices are down more than 50 percent in the last three years. Costs of batteries, wind turbines, and fuel cells have also declined. As promising as that is, soft costs?installation, permitting, and financing?now account for nearly two-thirds of the cost of a residential solar system, and they have not declined. There is little hope of providing clean energy solutions at scale until the soft costs are brought under control. One promising innovation is a state-sponsored ?green bank? to lower finance costs for the ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 01 , Pages 103-107

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Arts for the City: community arts and affordability innovations in San Francisco

Public and private initiatives are making great advances in creative community building during a time of economic growth and affordability challenges in San Francisco. Our collective strategies aim to improve the city by advancing the capacity of the arts to foster successful community connections for both residents and visitors. Together, these and other cultural efforts throughout the country demonstrate how the arts can lift our communities and drive equitable urban development strategy. The outcome? A better, more livable city for everyone.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 025-030

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Our town: supporting the arts in communities throughout the United States

Why are a farm, a church, a museum, an arboretum, and a festival working together to create a new environmental arts center in rural Freeman, South Dakota? Why are a community loan fund and an office of economic and workforce development working with a local arts agency in San Francisco to secure permanent space for arts organizations? Why are a bank, an energy company, and a music organization collaborating on a series of pop-up performances in suburban Maize, Kansas? The answer: They are all working on projects funded by Our Town grants.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 065-071

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Creative placemaking: an interview with the Ford Foundation

Laura Callanan, visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, interviewed the Ford Foundation?s president, Darren Walker, and the foundation?s vice president for economic opportunity and assets, Xavier de Souza Briggs, to understand the foundation?s commitment to creative placemaking.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 011-016

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Assessing a set of indicators for creative placemaking: reflections from the field

Identifying indicators that measure the impact of creative placemaking is difficult because creative placemaking efforts often have multiple and varying goals, such as increasing employment, reducing crime, and attracting or retaining residents. Community context also affects the appropriateness of particular indicators. For example, crime rates may not be considered particularly useful as indicators for communities that generally have little crime. Thus, multiple indicators are needed. In addition, considerable debate exists among arts researchers and practitioners about which indicators are ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 049-055

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Five roles for arts, culture, and design in economic development

The benefit of an all-hands-on-deck approach to confronting economic challenges and opportunities becomes readily apparent when considering the case of arts, culture, and design. Not traditionally present in the domain of economic development, this trio has many potential benefits for boosting the economy. They touch the economy at crucial leverage points, including innovation, entrepreneurship, employment, and revitalization. An arts, culture, and design strategy is not the only requirement for promoting prosperity. However, coupled with other strategies, the three can provide a competitive ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 017-023

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Strengthening neighborhood stabilization: refining business models for housing counseling

This article begins by reviewing the evolution of the housing counseling industry and discussing the opportunities and challenges of adopting a ?fee for service? model of housing counseling. We then highlight two recent business model innovations that have emerged in response to the foreclosure crisis?the Mortgage Resolution Fund in Chicago and the Occupied Homes Program in New York City.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 02 , Pages 53-61

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Financing energy efficiency in low-income multifamily rental housing: a progress update from the Low Income Investment Fund

Bringing energy efficiency to our nation?s building stock is an attractive triple bottom line proposition, and a critical one?for addressing global climate change, improving environmental quality and health, and delivering cost savings to owners and tenants. Although markets for retrofitting commercial properties and single family homes are developing, many low-income people are still waiting on the sidelines to partake in benefits. This trend is particularly worrisome because the least fortunate are more likely to live, attend school, and work in older, less energy-efficient buildings; as a ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 01 , Pages 085-090

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Panning for gold in inner city markets

Chakrabarti discusses how the Institute for a Competitive Inner City has a long history of shining light on investment opportunities in the inner city. Through their Inner City 100 competition, they have collected an impressive database of EDM companies. But their greatest opportunity to bring investment to the inner city might be to expand the database and mine their existing data more deeply. More data in the form that investors need holds the potential for bringing even more capital to EDM companies.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 1 , Pages 39-44

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Community land trusts work in the best and worst of times

Recently I gave a speech at the National Community Land Trust Network?s annual meeting in Boston to talk about the important role that community land trusts have in our neighborhoods by promoting stability through affordable housing and economic development opportunities. Those efforts are always welcomed and needed under normal conditions, and they are appreciated and needed even more so as we cope with unprecedented economic challenges not seen since the Great Depression.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 1 , Pages 73-75




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