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Volume 3, Issue 4, 2003   Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Houston Strikes It Big with DrillDown

When the city of Houston wanted to attract retail development to inner-city neighborhoods, it needed to know their true market potential. To find the hidden economies and uncounted populations that conventional surveys might not reveal, the city utilized an innovative research tool, the Neighborhood Market DrillDown, to measure the actual—rather than perceived—demographics. The findings were used to draw major retail outlets to an area badly in need of revitalization. Read more »

News & Events

  • The Dallas Affordable Housing Coalition will host the 2004 Housing Summit, "Searching for Solutions," from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 29, 2004, at the Adams Mark Hotel, 400 N. Olive St., Dallas. Keynote speaker will be Fannie Mae Foundation Senior Vice President Ellen Lazar. For more information, e-mail: dahc2003@sbcglobal.net Send an e-mail.
  • The Federal Reserve System is soliciting papers to be presented at its fourth biennial research conference, "Promises and Pitfalls: As Consumer Finance Options Multiply, Who Is Being Served and at What Cost?" The conference will be April 7–8, 2005, at the Capitol Hilton, Washington, D.C. Individuals interested in preparing their research should submit a completed paper, detailed abstract or proposal by May 30, 2004. Read more PDF document
  • The 2004 Texas Community Development Conference "People Transforming Communities" will be March 10–12, 2004, at the Doubletree Hotel Houston—Post Oak. The conference will include best practices discussions, technical training and networking with community development practitioners from around the nation. For additional information, contact the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations at 512-457-8232 or visit the web site Off-site page.
  • The Consumer and Economic Development Research and Information Center (CEDRIC) on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's web site contains research material, data and other resources on consumer and small business financial behavior, access to credit, affordable housing, and community development and reinvestment. Read more Off-site page

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