The Atlanta Fed's Community and Economic Development department supports the Central Bank's mandate of stable prices and maximum employment by helping improve the economic mobility and resilience of low-income individuals and underserved places for a strong and more inclusive economy.

We do this by conducting research and creating data tools to uncover the barriers to and opportunities for improved economic mobility and make the data easily accessible for community/organization planning and decision-making; engaging stakeholders to help organizations and communities understand relevant issues and undertake cross-sector solutions; and tracking and sharing issues facing the Southeast's lower-income residents to inform Federal Reserve functions, such as monetary policy, economic research, bank supervision and regulation, and payments.

Areas of Focus

Housing and Neighborhoods
Inclusive Pathways to Careers
Identify and support actionable ways to eliminate or mitigate barriers for career pathways by gathering evidence to foster systems, policies, investments, and programs that improve employment outcomes for job seekers and employers alike.
Community and Economic Development Finance
Effective Southeast Models
Foster approaches throughout the Sixth Federal Reserve District that work to advance inclusive economic opportunity for people and places through housing, entrepreneurship and small business, disaster resilience, and other community-based solutions.
Workforce Development and Jobs
Strategic Capital Deployment
Study and convene stakeholders (such as government, financial institutions, and nonprofits) on community development investment in the Southeast, including those engaged in the work of the Community Reinvestment Act, to improve economic mobility.
Small Business
Diversified Perspectives
Collect and share experiences of lower-income and underrepresented people and places to inform programs, policies, financial services, and investments.