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The Opportunity Zones Program

March 15, 2018

In December 2017, Congress established a new community development program called “Opportunity Zones”. This blog post will provide an overview of the program, subject to change as it evolves. The Opportunity Zones program is based on the bipartisan “Investing in Opportunity Act” but was enacted as a … Continued

Lessons for CED from Europe: Housing, Job, Food, or Fuel Poverty…All Roads Lead to a Social Inclusion Model

January 16, 2018

For the past five months I served as a visiting scholar to the University of Ghent in Belgium.   The link between food insecurity, a particular focus on my work in North Carolina, and larger overall economic insecurity issues has been getting increased focus across a number of European countries. Be … Continued

Lessons for CED from Europe: Inclusive Communities and a New City-Run Food Pantry

October 17, 2017

The photo was eerily familiar to anyone interested in CED.  The headline from the New York Times article on September 20, just days before the German national election, read, “Merkel Says Germans ‘Never Had It Better.’ But Many Feel Left Behind.”  The accompanying photo by Gordon Welters, shown here … Continued

Utility Customer Assistance Partnerships

April 25, 2017

Reports such as the recently released American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card shine light on the critical infrastructure investment needs facing communities throughout the country. Given recent funding trends and future state and federal fiscal challenges, local utility custom … Continued

Is Your Local Community Partner Ready To Go?

July 19, 2016

In July 2013, I wrote a blog proposing a four-part framework for understanding if specific local organizations have the capacity to implement CED programs. How well does this framework hold up when actually used?  We answer this question using interviews with 31 local partners, over the past two yea … Continued

Community Reinvestment Act Communities Identified

January 15, 2013

Community development efforts obviously depend on support by local financial actors.  Through the Community Reinvestment Act, banks and other financial institutions are monitored on how well they serve low and moderate income areas in the communities they serve.  One of the indicators regulators use … Continued

Investors benefit from financial planners and coaches: Can the poor do the same?

August 21, 2012

This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. What if a concept that works for investors and their financial planners could be used to build the personal financi … Continued

Protect Community Wealth by Increasing Financial Literacy of Adults

March 22, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. When a household falls victim to a predatory financial pro … Continued

Youth Financial Education as an Asset-Building Tactic

February 23, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. As explained in an earlier post, financial education can p … Continued

Financial Literacy: A Necessary Ingredient for Building the Financial Assets of Low-Income Households

February 21, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. A prior post explains the benefits that result when low-in … Continued