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Register now for the Fed’s 2019 Community Development Research Conference

Reserve your spot at the eleventh biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference, on May 9–10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Theme: Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class. Register

Alene Tchourumoff named Senior Vice President of Community Development and Engagement

Alene Tchourumoff, who most recently served as chair of the Metropolitan Council, joined the Minneapolis Fed on December 1 as the new senior vice president over our function. Tchourumoff also oversees the Center for Indian Country Development and leads the Bank’s strategies for engaging communities throughout the Ninth District. Read more about Alene here.

Download the Investing in America’s Workforce book

Available now: Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, a three-volume book on workforce development that features research and insights from more than 100 authors. Check out the chapter by our own Rob Grunewald, titled “Early Childhood Investments: Paving the Way from the Future Workforce.” Rob’s contribution discusses how investing in high-quality early education supports “downstream” workforce development initiatives and boosts labor productivity. Download the book at

The book is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

San Francisco Fed explores the intersection of community development and mental health

A new issue of Community Development Innovation Review from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco highlights the profound connections among poverty, place, and poor mental health and presents opportunities for community development to play a role in mental health promotion. The articles explore emerging themes such as the prevalence of trauma, community resilience in the face of climate change, and the power of arts and culture to engage and activate a community.