• Fed Chair Yellen Will Open 2017 Fed/CSBS Community Banking Research Conference

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give opening remarks at the fifth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference that will be held Oct. 4-5, 2017, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), brings together community bankers, academics, policymakers, and bank supervisors from across the country to discuss the latest academic research on community banking, as well as important policy issues facing the sector.

  • Bank of the West's Cynthia Blankenship to Deliver 2017 Conference Keynote Address

    Cynthia L. Blankenship, vice chairman, chief financial officer and corporate president of Grapevine, Texas-based Bank of the West, will give the keynote address on the first day of the 2017 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference. Blankenship is past chair of both the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT).

  • Call for Papers: Submissions Due June 16

    Research Paper Session Image The Federal Reserve System and CSBS are seeking papers for the 2017 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference. The conference committee invites submissions that address all aspects of community banking, including but not limited to: the role of community banks in the U.S. financial system; advantages and disadvantages of the community bank business model; the effects of government policy on community banks; significant challenges faced by community banks; and new opportunities for community banks. The conference will take place Oct. 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Papers should be submitted by June 16 to conference@communitybanking.org.

  • University of Akron Wins 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition

    The University of Akron is the winner of the 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition. Student members of the winning team are: Michael Moore, Kenan Sprague, Jeff Kelbach and Jacob Ruocchio‐Cole. Dr. Bhanu Balasubramnian served as the team’s faculty advisor and Peoples Bank of Marietta, Marietta, Ohio, was the team’s community bank partner. More information about the 2017 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition is available at www.csbs.org/bankcasestudy. Winning Case Study Paper and Winning Case Study Video


Conference News

  • Community Banking in the 21st Century Emerging Scholars Applications Due

    Applications for the Community Banking in the 21st Century Emerging Scholars program are due Friday, June 9, 2017. The Emerging Scholars Program supports PhD students who are considering or working on a dissertation on a banking-related topic. Three selected scholars will be offered the opportunity to attend and participate in the 2017 conference, with their travel and lodging expenses paid by the program. Graduate students who would benefit from attending the conference and interacting with the researchers, regulators and community bankers are encouraged to download the application and apply. Applications can be submitted by email to conference@communitybanking.org. more →

  • CSBS Announces Five Finalist Teams in the 2017 Bank Case Study Competition

    On May 15, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced five student teams as finalists in its nationwide Community Bank Case Study Competition. The college teams are: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Iowa State University, Kutztown University (PA), Texas Tech University, and University of Akron (OH). more →

  • 2016 National Survey of Community Banks Cited in the Wall Street Journal

    The 2016 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference's national survey of community banks was cited in an April 24, 2017, Wall Street Journal column, "A Plan to Give Community Banks Relief from Dodd-Frank." The article cites data from the 2016 national survey that estimates compliance costs for community banks at $4.5 billion annually. The national survey is conducted annually by the state banking commissioners. more →

  • National Survey of Community Banks Is Now Live

    State banking commissioners from across the U.S. began distributing a link to the 2017 National Survey of Community Banks in mid-April. Results from the survey will be presented during the 2017 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference, taking place Oct. 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Community bankers interested in taking the 2017 national survey should contact their state banking commissioner. The survey will remain open through June 30. Read the results of the 2016 survey (PDF). more →

  • Judging Begins May 1 for 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition

    First-round judging for the 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition will begin on May 1. A multidisciplinary panel of judges—comprising academics, regulators and community bankers—has been assembled to evaluate submissions from the 33 teams participating in this year's competition. Each student team was asked to develop an original case study that evaluates and provides recommendations for a bank's leadership succession plan. The names of the top three teams will be announced on May 25 during a live webcast that will be video streamed on the case study competition website: www.csbs.org/bankcasestudy. more →

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