Local Food and Economic Development

Ceri Jenkins, Adam Schepker and Satya Rhodes-Conway

This paper outlines how cities can use local food systems to support economic development.  It includes case studies of local governments that are effectively catalyzing economic development through local food initiatives and concrete recommendations for governments interested in promoting local food to boost economic development.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

Elizabeth Sobel Blum

“There is a symbiotic relationship between the health and resilience of a country’s economy, and the health and resilience of a country’s people,” notes Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, in his introductory remarks. In this paper, Dallas Fed economist Elizabeth Sobel-Blum aims to provide guidance to financial institutions seeking to comply with Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) obligations—as well as their customers, partners and target communities—regarding ways to leverage neighborhood assets to build community wealth and reduce health disparities.