Community Banking in the 21st Century

The fifth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), took place October 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The conference brought together community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank regulators to discuss the latest research on community banking.

The conference presents an innovative approach to the study of community banks. Academics explore issues raised by the industry in a neutral, empirical manner and present their findings at the conference. Community bankers contribute to an annual national survey prior to the conference and then participate directly in the conference by serving as keynote speakers and panelists and by providing feedback to the research presented.

This year’s guest speakers included Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; CSBS Chairman and Wyoming Division of Banking Commissioner Albert Forkner; and CSBS President and CEO John Ryan. Keynote speakers include Cynthia Blankenship, vice chairman, corporate president and chief financial officer of Grapevine, Texas-based Bank of the West; and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams.

The call for papers for this year's conference opened Feb. 2, 2017.

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