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Data and Mapping

Retrospective: Bank Conference Focuses on Data

Community Development

Danielle Lewinski of Community Legal Resources in Detroit addresses conference participants.

The innovative use of data to spur more strategic investment in communities was the focus of a conference our Community Development team held in Baltimore December 6 and 7, 2011,  in cooperation with the Board of Governors.

More than 200 leaders of community development initiatives from across the United States attended the two-day conference, “Strategic Data Use for Neighborhood Stabilization,” held at our branch. The conference offered opportunities for participants to learn about new ways of using data to benefit distressed communities. Speakers from Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, Oakland and Kansas City, Mo., led sessions on topics that ranged from the visual presentation of data, to gathering real-time information on individual properties, to mobilizing volunteers to gather and test data.

Highlights of the conference included remarks by Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin, who also moderated a panel discussion, and a lunchtime address by Tod Robberson of the Dallas Morning News, whose editorials on the social and economic disparity in that city won the Pulitzer Prize. A poster gallery hung in the branch lobby included more than 20 displays from participating organizations.

The conference was a follow-up to the interactive data event held in Richmond in October and represents a significant step forward in national efforts to use data to spark community reinvestment.

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