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St. Louis Fed to Host Community Banking Research and Policy Conference


Sept 23 - A community banking research and policy conference, “Community Banking in the 21st Century,” will be webcast free from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Gateway Conference Center on Oct. 2-3. The webcast, announced by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, will
be available for viewing via the St. Louis Fed website at beginning at 2 p.m Central Time on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke kicks off the conference along with CSBS President and CEO John Ryan and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.

Community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank supervisors from across the country will gather at this first-of-its-kind national research conference to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century community bank. Research of note for the community banking sector will be presented along with the findings of a comprehensive series of community banker town halls hosted this past spring and summer by state bank commissioners.

On Oct. 2, the conference will feature the first research panel presentation of four selected academic papers, with a focus on the role of community banks, followed by an evening keynote speech from Dorothy Savarese, chairman, president and CEO of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Orleans, Mass. On Oct. 3, in addition to an afternoon keynote by Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell at 12:30 p.m. CT, the schedule of events will feature two research panel presentations, the first focused on community banking performance and the second on supervision and regulation.

The conference will conclude with a panel presentation where the findings from the state bank commissioners’ town hall meetings will be released and discussed. The complete conference agenda is available at