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Small Business Performance in Industries in LMI Neighborhoods After the Great Recession: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles
Small businesses are essential to the economic infrastructure of both lower-income and higher-income neighborhoods. In this report, we compare small business performance in lower-income vs higher-income areas. Findings offer some directions for growing small businesses in LMI and ethnic/minority neighborhoods.
A growing body of work by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and partners points to challenges that "legacy cities" face in extending economic opportunity to all residents. This article reports findings from a series of focus groups conducted around the 7th District to better understand what city leaders are doing to advance positive labor market outcomes for residents.
This article offers a primer on: Opportunity Zones, highlighting the designation process for census tracts in northeastern Illinois; Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF) – the vehicle that will facilitate investment in designated areas; and finally, how QOFs will help facilitate the goals of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s ON TO 2050 Plan.
This article describes linkages between education, poverty, and employment in areas of Chicago and Cook County; recent modifications to the Q&A section of the Community Reinvestment Act to facilitate bank investment in workforce development; and examples of Chicago area organizations that serve disadvantaged youth populations to build job skills and reduce criminal recidivism.
This article explores the subset of banks with the designation of minority depository institution, and their capital-raising methods during and after the 2008 financial crisis in contrast to non-minority-owned institutions.
This article profiles recent research from the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS or the Institute) on the topic of displacement, gentrification, and the role of public investment in driving neighborhood change. It discusses a specific public investment in Chicago and its role in accelerating gentrification, and highlights a new data tool created by IHS to help community development practitioners develop affordable housing strategies in advance of planned public investments.
This article by senior business economist Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Jin Man Lee, Research Director at the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, explores home values in Cook County before and after the Great Recession. Among the high level findings is that past the height of the housing financial crisis, distressed property sales remained strong contributors of house price depreciations in neighborhoods in Cook County. Disparities persist in housing market recovery across neighborhoods. Home values of neighborhoods in the lower income distribution are still 45 percent or lower than their previous peak.