CDFI Fund Announces New Native Initiatives Workshop Series

Workshops to Explore Economic Development Opportunities for Native Communities

Washington, DC- Today the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) launched its new "Economic Development Strategies in Indian Country" workshop series. Co-sponsored with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch, the workshops are being conducted to promote economic development in Native communities across the country. Participants will learn about resources available for Native economic development initiatives from the federal government and regional programs.

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the Federal Reserve Bank to build upon our Native Initiatives efforts," said CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell. "We are always exploring ways to help our nation's distressed communities during the current economic recovery. We must remember the unique challenges our communities face, especially in Native areas across the nation. These workshops will help participants identify new ways to stimulate and revitalize their Native economic and community development programs."

The CDFI Fund and Federal Reserve staff will facilitate day-long workshops, featuring various federal agencies and industry experts. Participants will be able to attend seminars on designing successful economic development strategies while networking with regional practitioners and local support organizations. Five cities will host the workshops - Albuquerque, Anchorage, Sacramento, Oklahoma City and Seattle.

"The "Economic Development Strategies in Indian Country" workshops are part of our overall plan to help ensure that economic opportunities are equally available throughout the nation, including Indian Country," said Scott Turner, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer of the Community Development Department, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. "After holding over 100 meetings on reservations within the 12th District, we understand the many difficulties confronting tribes and their members. We are proud to join with the CDFI Fund on this initiative and look forward to learning how we can support efforts to promote community and economic development in Indian Country."

For more information about the series as well as to register for a specific workshop, please visit:

2010 Economic Development Strategies in Indian Country Workshop Schedule

  • June 30, 2010: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • July 28, 2010: Sacramento, California
  • August 17, 2010: Seattle, Washington
  • August 19, 2010: Anchorage, Alaska
  • September 16, 2010: Albuquerque, New Mexico

About the Native Initiatives

The CDFI Fund's Native Initiatives work to increase access to credit, capital, and financial services in communities by creating and expanding CDFIs primarily serving Native communities. This is achieved through two principle initiatives: 1) a funding program the NACA Program targeted to increasing the number and capacity of existing or new Native CDFIs, and 2) a complementary series of training programs, called "Expanding Native Opportunities," that seeks to foster the development of new Native CDFIs, strengthen the operational capacity of existing Native CDFIs, and guide Native CDFIs in the creation of important financial education and asset building programs for their communities.

About the CDFI Fund

Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded almost $1.2 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations and financial institutions through CDFI Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, and the Native Initiatives. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $26 billion in tax credit authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program.

For more information on the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit

About the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch

The Federal Reserve's Community Development Department gives financial institutions, community based organizations and government entities the tools they need to effectively address community development issues affecting low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

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