Federal Reserve System Resources

Resources from the Fed that may help inform your work as community development practitioners, researchers, bankers, and policymakers.

Fed Communities
Fed CommunitiesOff-site link
An online portal provides hundreds of community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors.
Connecting Communities
Connecting CommunitiesOff-site link
This Federal Reserve System webinar series provides a national audience with timely insights and information on emerging and important community and economic development topics.
Community Reinvestment Act videos
An Introduction to CRAOff-site link
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) encourages banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities they are chartered to serve, including the low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in those areas. This video explores the CRA's provisions and how regulators evaluate a bank's CRA performance.

Small Bank and Intermediate Small Bank CRA ExaminationOff-site link
This video explains how small banks and intermediate small banks are examined under the Community Reinvestment Act.
Community Development Data Guidebook
Community Development Data Guidebook Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link
The guidebook from the San Francisco Fed provides information on a variety of community development data resources, divided by topic area, along with a practical application of how to retrieve the data and suggestions on how to conduct appropriate analysis.
Community Reinvestment Act: Does Your Bank Measure UP?
Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up?
This Atlanta Fed booklet describes how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) affects the way banks and thrifts serve their communities' credit needs. It outlines factors that regulators use to rate a bank's CRA performance and tells where to find information on a bank's rating.
Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations
Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link
This publication provides a road map of best practices in community development and a healthy communities framework that highlights the types of investments that are valuable both to financial institutions and their target communities. It also includes reference guides for ensuring planned CRA activities meet regulatory requirements and a template for how financial institutions can tell their CRA story.
Investing in What Works for America's Communities
Investing in What Works for America's CommunitiesOff-site link
This compilation of essays published by the San Francisco Fed and the Low Income Investment Fund highlights entrepreneurial solutions for addressing poverty. Authors include leading experts from across the country in community and economic development, academia, government policy, health, and philanthropy.
What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities
What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's CommunitiesOff-site link
With 90 percent of the world's data generated in just the past two years, this book from the San Francisco Fed and the Urban Institute challenges policymakers, funders, and practitioners across sectors to seize this new opportunity to revolutionize our approaches to improve lives in low-income communities. It provides a road map for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, increase employment, and build stronger and more resilient communities.
What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation
What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link
Published by the San Francisco Fed in partnership with CFED, What It's Worth provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face. The book highlights the enormous creativity and innovation underway to improve financial well-being and provides concrete ways that nearly all sectors of society can implement proven and evolving solutions.
Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship-Based Economic Development for Local Communities
Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship-Based Economic Development for Local Communities Adobe PDF file formatOff-site link
The purpose of this ebook is to present an emerging model of economic development that focuses on using entrepreneurship and small business development as the primary tool to create community economic growth.