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Community & Economic Development

About Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS)

CDPS works to improve the socioeconomic prospects of low- and moderate-income people in part by working with community leaders to bring development and reinvestment opportunities to underserved communities. Read more...

Healthy Communities in the Seventh District

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has studied and raised awareness in our region about the social determinants of health since 2013. This new resource page highlights CDPS' work on the subject, including guidance on the alignment between the Community Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

2019 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class, hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Chicago Fed, convened May 9-10 in Washington, D.C. View the conference materials...

Peer City Identification Tool (PCIT)

The PCIT, developed by the Community Development and Policy Studies Division, is an interactive map that can help policymakers and practitioners understand a municipality in the context of peer cities.  Explore the interactive map...

Resources for Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI)

The Community Development and Policy Studies Division created the Industrial Cities Initiative to gain a better understanding of the economic, demographic, and social trends shaping industrial cities in the Midwest.

Resources for Businesses and Growth in Detroit

The Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) Division has undertaken a project that examines the availability of resources for small businesses in the Detroit region and strategies to attract investment to the city. Read more...



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