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Community Highlights


May 1, 2018

Regional: Highlights From Appalachia

In January, more than 30 public, private and nonprofit stakeholders from Appalachia and beyond took part in the Appalachia Health Investment Design Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's branch in Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 13, 2018

Virginia: Highlights From Norfolk

Mark Mullinix, first vice president, and Jeanne Milliken Bonds, senior manager, regional community development, traveled to the region for a day trip to engage in a conversation with the community about economic strategies, resiliency and Opportunity Zones.

Feb. 7, 2018

North Carolina: Highlights From Asheville

How can western North Carolina, as a region, grow the talent needed by local employers, while simultaneously improving region-wide economic mobility for the people of the region?

Jan. 29, 2018

North Carolina: Highlights From Chapel Hill

In October, more than 150 key stakeholders participated in a robust roundtable discussion on the growing opioid epidemic in North Carolina, and more specifically on the toll it takes on the state’s economy.

Jan. 26, 2018

North Carolina: Highlights from Wilmington

The Self-Help Credit Union and the Richmond Fed’s Community Development department presented a program in Wilmington, North Carolina, with a focus on building regional food systems.

Jan. 18, 2018

Highlights from the District: Economic Inclusion and Southern Cities

In October of 2017, a multi-city group led by the Annie E Casey Foundation, the City of Richmond and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond met in Richmond for three days to think about the strategies, policies, data and best practices of economic inclusion.

Jan. 18, 2018

Maryland: Highlights From Prince George’s County

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Community Development Network of Maryland hosted a full-day workshop on September 28, 2017, on potential land banks in Maryland.

Jan. 17, 2018

Virginia: Highlights from Richmond

Virginia healthcare experts, community development professionals, bankers, philanthropists and other leaders met at the Richmond Fed in 2017 to discuss community finance through the lens of health.

Jan. 10, 2018

Financing Workforce

Our Community Development team led key strategic discussions around issues critical to financing workforce developmemt in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities during the Investing in America’s Workforce Conference held in Austin, Texas.

Jan. 9, 2018

North Carolina: Highlights from Raleigh

“Housing Works!” was the theme of the 2017 N.C. Affordable Housing Conference in Raleigh.

Jan. 8, 2018

Community Highlights – Regional Audiences

Matt Martin and Jeanne Milliken Bonds presented at conferences hosted by the National Rural Lenders Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the economic disparity between rural and metro areas.

Jan. 5, 2018

Interview: A Community Development Trailblazer

Jeanne Milliken Bonds interviews Eva Clayton, a community development trailblazer.

Jan. 4, 2018

West Virginia: Highlights from Morgantown

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Development team partnered with Philanthropy West Virginia and other partners to host the Corporate Responsibility Summit.


Dec. 15, 2017

Virginia: Highlights from Richmond

The Richmond Fed recently welcomed more than 120 people to its downtown Richmond office for the first public “Conversations with the Fed” speaker series event.

Dec. 12, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights From Aiken

A roundtable discussion on affordable housing was held in Aiken, South Carolina, a city only 20 miles from the thriving city of Augusta, Georgia.

Dec. 6, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights From Charleston

The Opportunity South Carolina: 2017 Community Economic Development Conference focused on housing and community development, asset building and wealth creation, and capital and finance.

Oct. 27, 2017

Maryland:Highlights from Baltimore

Community based organizations (CBOs), neighborhood associations, and community development corporations (CDCs) located throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area convened on Friday, October 27 for a “Community Development Needs Assessment Workshop.”

Oct. 24, 2017

Maryland: Highlights from Hagerstown

The inaugural session of the Washington County Economic Inclusion Series successfully launched on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Hagerstown Community College.

Oct. 20, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights from Greenville

In October, our Community Development team partnered with the NCEast Alliance to host Financial Alternatives to Fund Small Business Growth. 

Sept. 16, 2017

The Health of Appalachians

Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Regional Community Development Team Leader and Jen Giovannitti, Regional Community Development Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, discuss the health of Appalachians in an op-ed published in The Roanoke Times.

Sept. 5, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights from Greenville

A small group gathered on a rooftop in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, on August 28 to showcase community development in Greenville, the largest city in the upstate region of South Carolina.

Aug. 18, 2017

Virginia: Highlights From Winchester

In June, the Richmond Fed, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Community Reinvestment Coalition of Virginia partnered to hold a one-day forum, “Community Investing: Understanding CRA and Community Development.”

July 24, 2017

Virginia: Highlights from Richmond

Over 200 Virginia services, policy and leadership professionals came to the Richmond Fed to learn what other communities are doing to fight and end homelessness.

July 1, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights From Raleigh and Greensboro

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards teamed up to discuss workforce development policy, programming, leading practices and data.

June 27, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights From Asheville

More than 100 women leaders from business and industry, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, education, the arts, and government gathered in Asheville, NC, to highlight the crucial role women play in driving the local economy. 

June 23, 2017

Maryland: Highlights From Baltimore

In Baltimore, neighborhood leaders, community based organizations and policymakers convened at the Baltimore branch to learn about successful strategies and leading practices to build local community development capacity.

May 22, 2017

Virginia: Highlights From Abingdon

The Appalachian Funders Network gathered in Central Appalachia for their annual working meeting about aligning their investment resources.

May 12, 2017

Engaging Strategic Partners in Community Development

At the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) Capacity Building Workshop in Walterboro, South Carolina, community partners came together to look at how small, rural municipalities can develop their communities and improve their economies.

May 5, 2017

Healthy Community Efforts Gain Attention

The Richmond Fed’s efforts around health and community development were highlighted by the Build Healthy Places Network’s blog.

April 13, 2017

Leslie Boney and Jeanne Milliken Bonds: Early investment in children is crucial

Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, and Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Regional Community Development Team Leader at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, discuss early childhood education in North Carolina in an op-ed published in The Winston-Salem Journal.

April 6, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights From Mooresville

On April 6, COG members, chambers of commerce, and civic leaders gathered at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville for “Creative Solutions for Thriving communities.”

March 1, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights From Midlands

Private and nonprofit developers, builders, financial institutions, local officials and housing organizations came together with the Richmond Fed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Midlands Housing Trust Fund to discuss affordable housing.

Feb. 23, 2017

Virginia: Highlights From Charlottesville

The University of Virginia hosted a second learning conference on Pay for Success and Social Impact Finance in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to create awareness about the PFS finance model and its potential application to addressing community issues.

Feb. 22, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights From Raleigh

The Emerging Issues Institute at North Carolina State University welcomed 400 attendees to the University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a one-day focus forum.

Feb. 17, 2017

Maryland: Highlights From Columbia

At the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Maryland Financial Literacy Summit, organizations from both the public and private sector came together to improve access to financial education.

Feb. 16, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights from Winston-Salem

The North Carolina Assets Alliance, the Community Development department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Goodwill Industries in Winston-Salem presented breakout sessions on credit counseling, financial coaching, children’s savings accounts, wealth gaps and innovative economic tools.

Feb. 15, 2017

Virginia: Highlights From Richmond

Report on Virginia's Pay for Success Council

Feb. 15, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights From Irmo

The innovative program “Learning from History: What the Community Development Past Can Tell Us About the Present” was presented by the Richmond Fed and the South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development (SCACED) in Irmo, SC.

Feb. 8, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights from Raleigh

Report on the Youth Savings Workshop

Feb. 6, 2017

North Carolina: Highlights From the Research Triangle Region

Report on the Triangle Regional Housing Summit

Feb. 3, 2017

South Carolina: Highlights From Greenville

Report on the South Carolina Association of Community and Economic Development Annual Conference

Jan. 9, 2017

Maryland: Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurs

Report on a Program in Maryland for Veteran-led Startups and Businesses.


Dec. 15, 2016

West Virginia: Highlights from Charleston

Report on How Collaboration Between Health and Community Organizations Can Positively Affect the Health Outcomes of Low-Income People.

Nov. 7, 2016

Maximizing the Workforce Potential of ‘Opportunity Youth’

One of Community Development’s strategies over the next few years is to highlight workforce development efforts for the 5.5 million Americans who are the "Opportunity Youth."

Oct. 26, 2016

North Carolina and South Carolina: Following the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Report on Efforts Following Hurricane Matthew’s Devastation in North Carolina and South Carolina

Oct. 18, 2016

North Carolina: Highlights from Cary

Report on how Virginia's Pay-for-Success Council can provide lessons to North Carolina

Sept. 12, 2016

North Carolina and South Carolina: Highlights from Charlotte

Report on a Discussion of Community Assessments and Performance Context: Linking Physical Health to Financial Health, August 17, 2016

Sept. 2, 2016

Virginia: Highlights from Virginia Beach

Report on the conference Understanding CRA and Community Development in the Virginia Tidewater Region, April 12, 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA

Aug. 4, 2016

Maryland: Highlights from Baltimore

Report on Baltimore Data Day Pre-Session, July 21, 2016

July 22, 2016

North Carolina: Highlights from Charlotte

Report on "Bridging Workforce Gaps: Economic Imperatives & Innovative Tools" in the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, June 13, 2016.

July 8, 2016

Washington, D.C.: Highlights from the District

Report on the 2016 Economic Inclusion Series

June 1, 2016

North Carolina: Highlights from Raleigh

Report on “NC Tomorrow: Building Communities for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” in Raleigh, N.C., April 18-19, 2016

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