Community Economic Development in the United States

The CDFI Industry and America’s Distressed Communities

  • James L. Greer
  • Oscar Gonzales

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. James L. Greer, Oscar Gonzales
    Pages 67-109
  3. James L. Greer, Oscar Gonzales
    Pages 111-138
  4. James L. Greer, Oscar Gonzales
    Pages 139-183
  5. James L. Greer, Oscar Gonzales
    Pages 185-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book


This is the first scholarly analysis that examines the development and achievements of the American community development movement. Community development is now a multi-billion industry in the US. Hundreds of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), located in all regions of the country, have successfully forged locally-based strategies that provide affordable housing, foster business development, and provide much needed community facilities, including innumerable charter schools, in highly distressed communities in inner city neighborhoods, rural communities, and also in American Indian areas. In many areas of the US, CDFIs represent a viable alternative to the mainstream banking industry. This volume documents the positive impact the CDFI industry has had in distressed urban and rural areas in the US.


development economic development economics institutions labor policy political economy political science politics research service social science stress urban development welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • James L. Greer
    • 1
  • Oscar Gonzales
    • 2
  1. 1.SwarthmoreUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandMarylandUSA

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