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Peer-Reviewed Scholarship

Articles published in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals. 

Place Matters: Government Capacity, Community Characteristics, and Social Capital
Collaboration with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University.
Journal of Public Policy (Forthcoming)

Everything but the Kitchen Sink? Factors Associated with Local Economic Development Strategy Use
Collaboration with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Economic Development Quarterly, Volume 33, Issue 4, Pages 267-278, November 2019

Conferences and Symposiums

Manuscripts presented at regional and national research venues.  

Beyond Bridging and Bonding: A Multilevel Approach to Describing Social Capital
Collaboration with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Annual Meeting, November 19, 2020, San Diego, CA

Building Bonds and Bridges (and Leveraging Links): A Place-Based Mobility Strategy Based on Social Capital Creation
Collaboration with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Biannual Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference, May 10, 2019, Washington, DC

Research Reports

In-depth analyses of issues for policymakers and practitioners.

Community Development in the Southeast: Regional Economic Indicators
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Report 
Released in June 2020

Assessing the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on North Carolina’s Small Business Community
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Report and Brief
Released in April 2020

Assessing Public, Private, and Philanthropic Support for CDFIs: Data on Contributing Operating Revenues and Measures of Efficiency
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Report and Brief 
Released in December 2019

Veteran-Owned Firms: Assessing Current Research and Evaluating Impacts
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Report and Brief 
Released in October 2018

Research Spotlights

Succinct overviews of data trends, and emergent research.

Social Capital in the Era of Social Distancing: Community Development Responses to COVID-19
Collaboration with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Released in April 2020

Understanding the Importance of North Carolina’s Social Capital
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Spotlight
Released in January 2019

Examining the Scope of Hurricane Florence’s Impact on Small Firms
Carolina Small Business Development Fund Research Spotlight
Released in September 2018

Public Policy Comments

Commentary on regulatory changes related to economic development.

Changes to Data Reporting Requirements for Certified CDFIs
Comments to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
Submitted in August 2020, OMB #1559-0046

Community Reinvestment Act Regulations Proposed Rulemaking
Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Submitted in February 2020, Docket #OCC-2018-0008 and RIN #3064-AF22

The Community Development Financial Institution Program’s Grant Process
Comments to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
Submitted in May 2019, OMB #1559-0021

Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Regulatory Framework
Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 
Submitted in November 2018, Docket #OCC-2018-008

 Our Approach

CSBDF’s research and policy analysis program is designed to find innovative and apolitical solutions to the biggest challenges faced by current and aspiring entrepreneurs. For more information about our philosophy, please click here to review the theoretical basis of our scholarship.

Research Blog

CSBDF staff publish an occasional blog series, Theory to Practice, which explores the intersection of economic development research and current topics of debate within the practitioner community.

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