UCA to host credit conference

UCA’s Community Development Institute (CDI) next week is teaming up with the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to present a seminar entitled, “The Ripple Effect: The Impact of Foreclosures and Tightening Credit and Capital Markets on Community Development Finance.” During this day-long conference on Sept. 19, national, regional, and local experts will explore recent challenges to financing community and economic development due to the national credit market situation. The conference will address tactics and strategies that cities, states, and regions might use in response to the current challenges in credit availability and cost.

The conference will be held at UCA’s Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. State and municipal leaders, community and economic developers, representatives of financial institutions, and anyone interested in community development finance are encouraged to attend. Online registration is available at www.stlouisfed.org/community/conferences.html. For more information, contact Julie Kerr at 501.324.8296 or Julie.a.kerr@stls.frb.org.

This event is one of several co-sponsored by the Community Development Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

“Partnering with the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas allows us to reach a broad audience interested in community development,” said Amy Simpkins, a Community Development Specialist for the Federal Reserve. “The Little Rock Branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank is excited about this opportunity to provide high-quality, relevant educational opportunities to our state and region.”