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UNC Center for Community Capital researchers will join experts from across the country discussing innovations in asset-building research, practice and policies at the 2013 Pathways to Prosperity Conference Oct. 16-17 in Durham, N.C.

The 2013 conference will focus on the theme, “Integrating Asset-Building Throughout Communities.” It is hosted by The Collaborative, a North Carolina nonprofit that serves as lead agency for the North Carolina Saves campaign and works at the statewide and community level to implement and promote strategies that build economic security for North Carolina families.

Senior research associate Lucy S. Gorham, a Collaborative board member, will serve as a presider of the keynote luncheon, featuring N.C. State Treasurer Janet Cowell and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation consultant Elaine Arkin. Gorham also will serve as panel moderator and speaker on a range of topics: “Modeling Progressive Law for States and Cities,” “Innovations in Savings,” “Effective Asset-Building Policies at the State and Federal Levels” and “The Role of Prepaid Cards in Consumer Outcomes.”

Research associate Jessica Dorrance will serve as moderator and panelist for “Innovations in Savings,” “Financial Behavior and Educational Games” and “Engaging the Community in College Access Through Financial Literacy and College Savings Plans.”

Kim Manturuk, senior research associate in financial services, will speak on “Asset-Building and the Affordable Care Act” and “Innovations in Savings.”

Research Director Mark R. Lindblad and graduate research assistant Kevin A. Park will discuss “Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Prevention as Strategies for Asset-Protection.” They will draw on the experiences and data of Self-Help, a North Carolina lender with a presence in the 48 contiguous states, to consider how filing for personal bankruptcy might protect financially distressed homeowners from foreclosure.

Asset-building is a key area of study for the UNC Center for Community Capital, the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The center’s in-depth analyses help policymakers, advocates and the private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively. For more information, visit

Topics(s): Affordable Homeownership, Consumer Protections, Debt & Credit, Default, Bankruptcy, & Foreclosure, Economic Mobility, Financial Capability, Financial Inclusion, Financial Services Industry, Savings & Asset-Building
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