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CEDRIC's mission is to foster research related to community and economic development issues.
Last Updated: 04/20/16

Upcoming Events

CEDRIC serves as a system-wide clearinghouse for upcoming forums, conferences, seminars and workshops across the country. Events are listed in chronological order.

Economic Development Forum: Eliminating Barriers to Employment in Wisconsin’s Most Distressed Communities – Expungement

April 6, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

May 12, 2016
Madison, WI

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Clean Slate Milwaukee, Inc., will host an economic development forum on "Eliminating Barriers to Employment in Wisconsin's Most Distressed Communities – Expungement." Clean Slate Milwaukee is a "second chance" re-entry organization that specializes in expungement of non-violent criminal records as an effort to promote equal opportunity to employment, housing, and higher education for men and women. The removal of conviction history questions from job applications is gaining momentum nationally for criminal justice reform and fair-hiring practices.  Consensus on the issue is building on both sides of the political aisle and throughout the business community.


The forum will explore this issue with an array of noteworthy speakers and panelists that includes perspectives from industry professionals, government and policy experts. Both sessions will be a working lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please note there is no reimbursement for parking. Register for the Economic Development Forum.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit

May 4-5, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Learn, network, engage and interact with more than 100 thought leaders and practitioners who are experts in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and creating an entrepreneurial culture. Focused on entrepreneurial development, the summit brings together a variety of best practice programs from all disciplines—economic development, academia, for profit; urban and rural entrepreneurship—in one place. Read more 

Raise Texas Summit 2016

May 11-12, 2016
Dallas, TX

There are still too many Texas families struggling to make ends meet, and they see savings as a luxury they cannot afford. Without savings, what financial options are available when families are faced with an emergency or want to try to plan for the future? To answer these questions, the 2016 RAISE Texas Summit will showcase asset-building programs offered in schools, the workplace and across our communities to help more Texans build financial success. Read More

Does College Level the Playing Field? Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Wealth among College-Educated Families

May 25-26, 2016
St. Louis, MO

Please join us in St. Louis for a timely research symposium. Recent research, led by William R. Emmons of the St. Louis Fed's Center for Household Financial Stability (the Center), found that a college degree predicted rising levels of family wealth between 1992 and 2013 for whites and Asians, but declining levels of wealth over that same period for blacks and Hispanics. Through commissioned papers, this symposium aims to better understand the underlying explanations of this troubling finding. Read more

Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Creating Liquidity in Impact Investing

May 26, 2016

During this Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we will explore some of the key themes, gaps and opportunities outlined in the report co-authored by Michael Swack and Eric Hangen, Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface. The second webinar on May 26 will focus on one of the greatest weaknesses of impact investment products — a lack of liquidity, which causes many investors and, in turn, product managers to focus on short-term products. Read More

Southwest Border Colonias: Housing and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

June 22-23, 2016
El Paso, TX

Southwest Border Colonias: Housing and Sustainable Development will convene practitioners, policymakers, researchers and colonia residents to examine housing and sustainable development issues in the southwest border region and to promote international collaboration and solutions for persistent challenges. Read More