The fifth biennial Reinventing Older Communities conference focused on building resilient cities, with a particular focus on smaller cities that were once manufacturing centers. Conference sessions explored topics such as strategies to build a job-ready workforce and strong small business sector, successful urban school reforms and foreclosure prevention programs, new uses for brownfields and vacant land, environmental sustainability initiatives, and the role of anchor institutions in economic revitalization. Presentations and videos from this event are now available on the Philly Fed's conference webpage.
The conference was held May 9–11 and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and its cosponsors. The conference attracted community developers and advocates, government and foundation leaders, researchers, policymakers, bankers, planners, and others interested in the future of cities.