Register for Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming Our Economies

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Register now for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s 2016 conference Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming Our Economies. This national biennial conference will be held Wednesday, September 21, to Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Through a series of exciting and engaging plenary discussions, concurrent sessions, and keynote addresses, the conference will examine how communities can connect people, place, and capital to transform local and regional economies in an inclusive way.

Hear how communities can transform by:

  • connecting people to the global economy;
  • creating places of opportunity that are equitable and benefit all residents; and
  • investing in and leveraging the collective skills, knowledge, and assets of residents.

Come to Philadelphia and experience the resurgence of this postindustrial city, with a special focus on the region’s assets, opportunities, and community development sector. Sign up for the preconference tours that will highlight community development efforts throughout the city. New for 2016 are two off-site learning labs for you to take a deeper dive into either resident engagement strategies or the Community Reinvestment Act. Together, these elements will create an interactive conference that will provide you with plenty of opportunities for networking and will equip you with actionable strategies to take home and implement in your community.

Check out the full agenda on the conference website and register now to reserve your spot!

The Reinventing Our Communities conference is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Cosponsors include the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania; FHLBank Pittsburgh; and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Richmond, and St. Louis.

Follow conference updates on Twitter using @philfedcomdev, #Reinvent2016.


Tours and Learning Labs 

If you are not able to attend the three-day event, these tours and learning labs are a low-cost way to learn how communities are transforming through investments in people, place, and capital.

Tours: September 21, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ($35 each)

We are offering three tours designed to showcase effective community and economic development initiatives in Philadelphia.

The Schuylkill River Banks and Grays Ferry Crescent tour will explore the development of this Philadelphia segment of the Schuylkill River Trail. Participants will walk along Schuylkill Banks, which connects greenways, parks, educational institutions, residential developments, and industrial sites throughout the heart of the city. Participants will also visit Grays Ferry Crescent, a section of the trail that, when finished, will connect this south Philadelphia neighborhood to opportunities throughout the city.

The Philadelphia Low-Cost Strategies to Improve Quality of Life tour will showcase a range of Philadelphia institutions that are working to integrate access to arts, culture, and the outdoors to improve the quality of life for residents in neighborhoods across the city. Not only have these initiatives enriched neighborhoods, but they have been implemented with minimal cost.

Finally, the Mt. Airy Neighborhood tour will explore one of the first intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the United States. The tour will include an overview of the neighborhood by Abigail Perkiss, author of Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, and a visit to Mt. Airy USA’s Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub.

Learn more about each tour and register by visiting here.

Deep dive learning labs: September 22, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ($20)

We invite you to take a deep dive into the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). During the learning lab "What Are the ABCs of CRA?," participants will take a comprehensive look at the responsibilities of financial institutions under the CRA. Guided by experts from the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, participants will walk through case studies on the application of the CRA in today’s environment.

This learning lab will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (7th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA)

In the learning lab "A Seat at the Table: Best Practices for Resident Engagement," participants will hear effective resident engagement strategies from national experts. Community development leaders from Philadelphia, PA;  Somerville, MA; Chicago, IL; and Minneapolis, MN, will lead participants in exercises to consider why organizations decide to engage residents, what actions organizations should take to engage residents, and the results of these types of efforts. This session is in partnership with LISC.

This learning lab will take place at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships at Drexel University (3509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA)

Learn more about each lab and register by visiting here.

If you are unable to attend the full conference, I hope that you will join us at one of these Reinventing conference activities. Space is limited so register now if you would like to participate. If you have any questions about the tours, learning labs, or conference, please reach out to Nathaniel Borek at




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Learn how local and regional economies can be drivers of inclusive growth. Join the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and cosponsors to explore leading-edge strategies and dialogue with top experts on ways to transform our economies by connecting people, place, and capital. Register for Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming Our Economies, September 21–23, 2016 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

The American Assembly
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 456 New York, NY 10115
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