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Federal Reserve Board to Host Conference in May 2007 on “Exploring Innovation in Community Development Finance” September 19, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Events, Innovation.

From Kevin Thompson at the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Looks like an interesting conference!

The St. Louis Federal Reserve Board is holding a conference on May 2 -4, 2007 to explore innovation in community development finance. The focus will be on promoting growth and sustainability by increasing access to capital.

The conference organizers for this St. Louis event observe that the program is designed to “explore the relationship between creativity, learning and innovation in organizations and how that relationship improves performance, increases access to capital and achieves scale and sustainability.”

The Reserve Board further notes:

“The format will depart from the typical conference routine, which is usually tightly scheduled and allows little time for interaction and for building relationships. This conference will feature high-level presentations from keynote speakers, followed by facilitated, small group dialogues. Additionally, there will be creative options that depart from the standard case study/best practices approach for breakout sessions. We are also sending out a call for presentations, seeking those who have innovative programs to demonstrate at the conference.

Much research, thought and effort have gone into expanding the community development finance industry. Our mission is to provide fresh perspectives to those working to improve the microeconomic conditions of their regions, states and communities, particularly those related directly to community development.

Is this conference right for you? The target audience is participants representing all types of industries related to community economic development. These include investment, banking, finance, government, academia, nonprofits, legal, and philanthropy. Registration and program information will be posted on www.stlouisfed.org/community/innovation/ in coming months.”

Call for Presentations Web Page

Key Dates:

  • Nov. 30, 2006: Submission deadline
  • Dec. 31, 2007: Acceptance notifications sent
  • April 9, 2007: Presentations/handouts due


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