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Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities

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Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities
June –23-25, 2021
Virtual Conference


Please direct any questions about the Policy Summit to Treye Johnson.

Policy Summit 2021 sessions were livestreamed. Please refer to the Agenda tab for speaker presentations, related content, and more.

Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation: Economic Resilience: What It Is, What It Is Not, and Why We Must Prioritize It Immediately

As we move through a pandemic that has wrought havoc on our communities, we find there are many facets to rebuilding: reinvigorating local and regional economies, strengthening neighborhoods by adding quality and affordable housing, supporting small businesses, and providing career pathways for our current and future workforce. This session defines economic resilience, highlights its importance in post-COVID-19 times, and provides ways communities can work toward achieving this goal.

Opening Remarks:
Michelle W. Bowman, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Keynote Speaker:
Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Plenary 1 - Common Ground in Urban and Rural America:
What Has Undermined—and What Can Build—Economic Resilience

Economic resilience is needed, in both urban and rural communities, now more than ever. In this session, speakers share stories and insights about the geographic and racial exclusion that has undermined the economic health of these two populations essential to the success of our nation. The discussion will also identify strategies and interventions both populations can use to build economic resilience.

Pat Smith, President and CEO, The Funders Network

Caitlin Cain, Vice President and Director, Rural LISC
Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Teryn Zmuda, Chief Economist and Director, National Association of Counties Counties Futures Lab

Theresa Y. Singleton, Senior Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Plenary 2 - Tell Your Story: Finding Economic Resilience in the Voices of Our Communities


This session explores the power of storytelling and its ability to elevate historically excluded community voices. The most effective storytellers can wield their power—sharing the experiences of those in lower-income communities and communities of color—to change commonly held ideas that frame the broader narrative of who is deserving of wealth, education, and healthy communities. This dynamic session features storytellers from communities across the nation using PechaKucha, a fast-paced, highly visual format that shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. While they will all employ the same presentation format, each speaker will draw back the curtain on their own storytelling process, from ideation to execution, and hopefully inspire attendees to find and use their voices.

Nadia Owusu, Director of Storytelling, Frontline Solutions

Patricia Ashanti, Founder and CEO, Delta Circles, Inc.
Eric J. Jolly, President and CEO, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Takeru Nagayoshi, Massachusetts 2020 Teacher of the Year, New Bedford High School
Mary Kathryn Nagle, Partner, Pipestem & Nagle, P.C.

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FedTalk: What an “Inclusive” Recovery Looks Like in the Midwest, and Why It Matters to All of Us

For many communities, COVID-19 is just the latest economic shock to stand in the way of good jobs that provide people and families stable incomes and promising futures. Helping define what an inclusive recovery means to people and communities both locally and nationally, this session will examine the specific ways the pandemic has impacted the Midwest, expose the ways economic and racial exclusion keep economic recovery out of reach for millions of families, and propose the policies and interventions that Midwest leaders may take into consideration as they work to rebuild their communities.

Alene Tchourumoff, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Loretta J. Mester, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
Ronald Ferguson, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard University
Crystal German, Principal, Prosperity Labs
Ned Hill, Professor, The Ohio State University
Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton LLP

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Richmond, and St. Louis.