On November 6, 2017 the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee began the markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. If passed, this legislation as currently drafted would effectively eliminate the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, which has been widely recognized as one of the most effective Federal programs to create jobs and promote small business in distressed rural and urban communities. The NMTC Program works to break the cycle of disinvestment in low-income communities by attracting the private investment necessary to reinvigorate struggling local economies. For every $1 of federal funding, the Program generates $8 of private investment.
Earlier this month, minority bankers from across the country convened in Washington, DC to discuss wealth-building strategies. Carver State Bank President Robert James spoke at the conference, addressing the need for black-owned banks to tailor their marketing materials to attract millennial customers.
The CDFI Fund awarded $24.3 million to 27 community development banks through its CDFI Program Awards. These banks will invest the awards in distressed communities to support small business lending and promote affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and expansion into new geographic markets. “The CDFI banks recognized today by the Treasury Department are economic engines, working to fight poverty and create opportunity in the places that are struggling with growing income inequality,” said Jeannine Jacokes, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Development Bankers Association. “These banks are part of the solution. We need mission-focused banks like these, and more resources to support the communities."