• 2018 Call for Papers: Submissions Due June 15

    The call for papers for the 2018 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference is now open. The conference committee is seeking papers that explore all aspects of community banking, including: 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 deadline to submit a detailed abstract or completed paper is June 15, 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by August 3, 2018.

  • 2018 conference scheduled for October 3–4!

    The 6th annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference is scheduled for October 3 – 4, 2018, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The conference brings together researchers, regulators and community bankers to discuss the latest research on community banking.

  • Chair Yellen Discusses “Vital Role” of Community Banks in U.S. Financial System

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave welcoming remarks during the 5th Annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference, presented jointly by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). Yellen discussed the Fed’s recent efforts to ensure that its regulation and supervision of community banks is tailored appropriately to the size, complexity, and role different institutions play in the financial system.


Conference News

  • CSBS Releases 2017 Journal of Community Bank Case Studies

    The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has released the 2017 Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. The Journal showcases the work of the top undergraduate student teams that participate in the annual CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition. The competition partners undergraduate student teams with community banks to conduct original case studies focused on a variety of topics. Download the 2017 Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. more →

  • 2017 National Survey of Community Banks Findings Released

    The Federal Reserve and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors today released the findings from the 2017 National Survey of Community Banks. Survey responses were obtained from 611 community bankers in 37 states, and provide insights into what community bankers are thinking about key issues facing their industry. The survey questions addressed changes in bank lines of business, regulatory compliance, competition and consolidation. The 2017 survey also asked specific questions about small business lending and challenges and opportunities posed by financial technology firms. Download the 2017 National Survey of Community Banks. more →

  • San Francisco Fed President John Williams Discusses “New Normal” For the Economy

    San Francisco Fed President John Williams gave the keynote address on the second day of the 2017 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference, presented jointly by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). President Williams highlighted the Fed’s move toward a more normal monetary policy and discussed the implications of rising interest rates. more →

  • Commissioner Perspectives: Mike Rothman, Minnesota Department of Commerce

    Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman discusses community banking in Minnesota, highlighting how community banks meet the needs of the state’s diverse economy. Commissioner Rothman details Minnesota community banks’ ability to serve businesses ranging from rural farms to mining operations with links to the global economy. more →

  • Commissioner Commentary: Ed Leary, Utah Department of Financial Institutions

    Ed Leary, commissioner, Utah Department of Financial Institutions, discusses how his office interacts with a banker’s advisory group to understand the issues of importance to community bankers in the state of Utah. He shares a story of a Utah banker who makes a much needed car loan to a Utah teacher. Leary uses the story to highlight the deep connections between Utah community bankers and their customers. more →

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