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Region & Communities

We help strengthen the economies of our region’s diverse communities through research, surveys and data analysis. We also engage regularly with business leaders, community leaders and policymakers to understand and address economic challenges.

Rural Investment Collaborative logo

The Rural Investment Collaborative™ seeks to improve economic investment in small towns and rural communities. We collaborate with rural hubs and funding sources to help communities develop project proposals and make access to funding easier.

Investing in Rural America

Our annual conference brings together community development leaders, business leaders and educators to discuss potential solutions for helping rural communities thrive.

sun over a farm

This series highlights programs and initiatives that rural Fifth District communities are using to address local challenges and improve economic outcomes.

view of a rural location

These articles and podcasts examine a range of issues — including education, housing, health and broadband access — that affect economic outcomes in rural communities.

Regional Matters

These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

regional survey

Each month, we ask Fifth District business owners about recent changes in economic conditions and their expectations.

CDFI Survey logo for 2023.

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) across the U.S. provide information on their business practices and the communities they serve (biennial).


We track economic data and trends in the Fifth District and publish our findings.

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We visit with business and community leaders throughout our district to learn about a region’s well-being and to exchange economic updates and ideas.

One person helping another person up a mountain

We provide information and tools on benefits cliffs to help Fifth District policymakers and organizations improve workers' long-term financial outlook.

Investment Connection: Community Development Investment & Lending Partnership

This program connects community organizations and small businesses with bankers, CDFIs and other funding entities.

College Students hanging out

These stories describe our ongoing engagement with communities throughout the Fifth District.