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Where community development finance goes

Community-development finance institutions (CDFI) convened last week at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference in the U.S capital. Ahead of the conference, the Urban Institute, a D.C. think tank, released findings from a comprehensive analysis of capital deployed by the industry. The institutions — lenders required to make at least 60 percent of their loans available to low- and

Community Capital Management to direct funds to hurricane recovery

After relief efforts for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria comes the rebuilding. Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and other disaster areas will need tens of billions of investment dollars for reconstruction. To help finance recovery projects, Community Capital Management’s CRA Qualified Investment Fund will direct institutional, bank and retail investments to specific regions. Bigger

Impact storytelling, disaster recovery capital, where community-development finance goes, beating…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Telling the impact investing story. In the spirit of full transparency, we should disclose that ImpactAlpha receives a fair number of pitches from professional public-relations firms. Sometimes derided (particularly by reporters) as “flacks,” PR has rebranded itself as “strategic communications.” And as such, they often have smart ideas about how

J.P. Morgan replicates Detroit community revitalization commitment in Chicago

J.P. Morgan was one of the first major financial institutions to bet on Detroit’s recovery after the city’s bankruptcy in 2014. After an initial $100 million commitment, the bank pledged another $50 million to Motor City. Its work in Detroit helped the bank earn the top spot on Fortune’s third annual Change the World 50 list. Now

Agtech venture Bee Corp closes Series A to support bee health

Bees and other pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. economy, but bee colonies have been suffering collapse for decades, due to factors like commercial pesticide use and parasites. (There has been a slight improvement this year.) “Given the heavy dependence of certain crops on commercial pollination, reduced honey bee populations pose a real threat

Will global trends make us turn inward, lash out or work together?

Another day, another ballistic-missile test from North Korea. This got us looking for scenarios for how this all might play out. The National Intelligence Council’s latest unclassified Global Trends report, issued every four years since 1997, includes a 2032 scenario in which a bomb does go off. “It took a mushroom cloud in a desert in

Can tech bring new talent to agriculture?

One in three of all workers worldwide are employed in the agriculture sector, but the share of the global workforce in agriculture is dropping as people flock to cities and emerging economy incomes rise. That’s a problem at a time when global food production has to increase by 35% by 2030 and 50% by 2050 to