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A Cordial Invitation to the Federal Reserve System's Community Development Research Conference 2019

Every two years, the Federal Reserve Board and the 12 Federal Reserve Banks collaborate to host the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. The goal of this multidisciplinary event is to advance research that explores important socioeconomic issues. These conferences convene researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across sectors to consider important issues that low- to moderate-income people and communities face, exploring the latest research to inform effective strategies to advance opportunity for economically vulnerable households and areas.

Please consider joining us.  Your voices and shared views would bring much to the discussion.

Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class Conference, May 9-10 in Washington, DC

This spring, the Federal Reserve will host its biennial community development research conference, “Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class,” May 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

This conference series aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice on key issues facing the country.   The 2019 conference will focus on leading research about the factors affecting people’s ability to move into, and stay in, the middle class.  The discussion will also focus on what the implications of the research might be for those working in public policy and community development.

The conference agenda features some of the nation’s foremost researchers and policy leaders.  Keynote speakers include:

  • Jerome Powell, Chairman, Federal Reserve Board
  • Charles Evans, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Lael Brainard, Governor, Federal Reserve Board
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow

At the #CommDev2019 conference, you will also learn about cutting-edge research from experts across a range of academic disciplines. The conference will explore evidence on opportunities and impediments to joining and staying in the middle class.  Speakers will discuss education, labor practices, financial security, wealth creation, and the role of local communities as they pertain to middle class attainment.

We hope you will join this important and informative discussion.

Please register early, as previous conferences have sold out and space is limited. For more information on the conference, hotel, and registration instructions, click here

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Barbara Robles

Federal Reserve Board

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