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Community Scope provides information and analysis on current and emerging issues in community development.

December 2020

Broadband access in rural areas is linked to increased job and population growth, higher rates of new business formation and home values, and lower unemployment rates.

December 2019

This issue of Community Scope seeks to better understand the economic impact of regional food systems through the food hub model, and offers examples from the Fifth District.

February 2019

This issue of Community Scope focuses on the history of housing policy in Baltimore, including practices that separated residents by race, ethnicity and religion.

Anne A. Burnett and Peter M. Dolkart

November 2018

This issue of Community Scope explores research on community development financial institution (CDFI) partnership formation, development and sustainability.

January 2018

This issue of Community Scope details steps to produce GEOLOOM co>map, an online mapping tool for arts and culture in Baltimore's communities.

Christine Hwang and Seema D. Iyer, PhD

2017, Number 2

This issue of Community Scope presents key findings from the 2017 Richmond Fed’s Survey of CDFIs in the Southeast.

2017, Issue 1

This issue of Community Scope examines strategies to address the loss of subsidized, rent stabilized and market-affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Kathryn Howell, Ph.D.

2016, Issue 3

This issue of Community Scope will offer a broad overview of the challenges faced by today’s watermen that may be precipitating their declining numbers and will discuss alternative and supplemental employment options that may be available to them.

Jack Cooper and Emily Corcoran

2016, Issue 2

This issue of Community Scope examines the patterns in geographic service provision by respondent CDFIs in urban, rural, low- and moderate-income (LMI), underserved and distressed markets and areas.

Volume 4, Issue 1 2016

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Community Development department  conducts a biennial survey of community development financial institutions  (CDFIs) in the Southeast region of the United States. This issue of Community  Scope uses the results of the 2015 survey to present timely key findings on  CDFI activity in the Southeast, including capitalization, demand, capacity,  non-lending programs and services, and impact investing. We find growing demand  for the products and services offered by CDFIs, including small business loans,  financial education and technical assistance. CDFIs, however, continue to face  financial constraints in responding to this demand.

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