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Community Development Tours

Community Development Tours 

Since 2013, the ABA Foundation has been taking bankers on Community Development Tours around the nation. A core element of ABA’s Annual Convention, each tour highlights successful projects that stem from partnerships between banks of all sizes, non-profit organizations and corporations to show how banks are working to stimulate local economies. Tour participants observe first-hand the ways in which banks positively affect communities as they help strengthen businesses, empower people and ultimately help places thrive. Please join your fellow bankers on an upcoming tour—sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Banks—to witness how banks are reviving neighborhoods across America.


 2018 New York City

During the 2018 ABA Annual Convention, the ABA Foundation hosted a virtual tour, showcasing how banks are leading community revitalization efforts in New York City. The session featured a panel of community visionaries —including Cyndi Lauper, Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning artist; co-founder of True Colors Fund as well as Brenda Rosen, the President and CEO of Breaking Ground. The tour highlighted how collaborations between banks and community organizations are tackling the issue of homelessness and transforming the lives of people in and around New York City.


 2017 Chicago


At the 2017 Annual Convention, ABA Foundation and our hosts, the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), created a tour showcasing positive changes taking place as a result of bank investment and community partnership in some of Chicago’s most distressed neighborhoods. Tour stops included affordable housing builds in Woodlawn—the future home of the planned Obama Presidential Library—and a new corridor of amenities for residents of Englewood. See more photos.


 2015 Los Angeles


In 2015, we visited the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles to see the contributions of banks of various asset sizes towards permanent supportive housing and community facilities that provide essential services to formerly homeless populations, including veterans. Guests also learned about the local partnerships with public officials and nonprofit leaders that are making significant strides to end veterans’ homelessness in the city, as well as models for replication in other communities.


 2013 New Orleans


The 2013 tour showcased seven different projects within the historic Faubourg Tremé region of New Orleans. Bankers witnessed how partnerships with commercial and neighborhood-based organizations transformed a city’s food desert into a food oasis, revived the Carver Theater (named after Washington Carver) and helped realize a state-of-the-art elementary school. Tour participants also learned about the region’s rich history as they travelled streets that encompassed the first neighborhood established for free African Americans.


 2016 Nashville


The 2016 tour explored bank, local not-for-profits and fellow financial services institutions partnerships to showcase Nashville’s Rolling Mill Hill and Wedgewood-Houston neighborhoods. Highlights included the new avenues for small businesses, as well as preserving the culture of Music City through support for local artisans and affordable housing.


 2014 Dallas


The 2014 tour highlighted how banks, community leaders and public officials came together to transform South Dallas. Guests saw how bank partnerships connect people to prosperity through affordable housing, educational opportunities and programming for students, and family services. The tour included visits to the Vogel Alcove, which provides essential services for homeless children; the Eban Village Apartments, which provide safe and affordable housing; and Jubilee Park, where Teen Place was developed to offer afterschool services to students.


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