2019 Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference
The Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference is a biennial event that brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss important issues facing individuals and their communities.
The 2019 conference will share research on ways to strengthen and widen paths to the middle class. The decade since the foreclosure crisis and the Great Recession has seen a marked change in the ways to achieve and maintain a middle class life. For many Americans, the traditional paths - attending college, buying a home, and saving for retirement - may now be out of reach or may never have been enough to guarantee financial security.
The conference will explore the latest research on ways to renew the promise of the middle class including:
• Emerging trends, recent developments, and historical legacies in education, employment, housing, credit, wealth, health, and other areas affecting the middle class.
• Policies and programs to create an inclusive and resilient middle class.
• Specific actions and initiatives by individuals and institutions, including state and local governments, financial institutions, community groups, businesses, military, philanthropies, and non-profits, to create new and enduring paths to the middle class.