Examining the Issues: Community Affairs Adds Research Function: The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Has Recently Expanded the Community Affairs Function to Include a New Team Devoted to Research That Focuses on Significant Community and Economic Development Issues in the Region

By de Nie, Karen Leone | Partners in Community and Economic Development, Fall 2008 | Go to article overview

Examining the Issues: Community Affairs Adds Research Function: The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Has Recently Expanded the Community Affairs Function to Include a New Team Devoted to Research That Focuses on Significant Community and Economic Development Issues in the Region


de Nie, Karen Leone, Partners in Community and Economic Development


Headed by AVP Todd Greene, the team will identify key community concerns and plan comprehensive research projects with the goal of improving the policy environment.

Grounded in the experiences of community development professionals throughout the southeast, the new research function is designed to inform policy and practice decisions to create more sustainable communities. Some potential areas of research include post-foreclosure consumer and neighborhood impacts, housing and the aging population, and green development and lending.

The research agenda will evolve to be responsive to the needs of local markets throughout the Federal Reserve's Sixth District, and the results will be widely shared through conferences, publications, articles and technical assistance.

Meet the Team

Todd Greene, assistant vice president for community and economic development research and policy, has held leadership roles with Southwestern Bell, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and in management consulting before coming to the Atlanta Fed. Most recently, Greene served as director for Community, Policy and Research Services at Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute with oversight of research and implementation efforts in applied economic development.

In addition to his Fed role, Todd is currently president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. On the national level, Greene is a committee chair for the International Economic Development Council. In 2002, he obtained the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD).

Greene earned a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and master's degrees in human resources management from Washington University and in public administration from Georgia State University.

Dan Immergluck is a visiting scholar and a professor in Georgia Tech's City and Regional Planning Program. Immergluck has authored dozens of studies on community development, economic development, community reinvestment, fair housing and related topics. His most recent book is Credit to the Community: Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending Policy in the U.S. (M.E. Sharpe, 2004).

Before moving to Atlanta, Immergluck taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to teaching at Grand Valley State, he was Senior Vice President of the Woodstock Institute in Chicago, a policy research organization that works on community and economic development issues. …

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