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Delta Communities: Advancing Financial Access, Capability and Empowerment

Registration for this event is closed.

Date:  Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Time:  10 a.m.- 1 p.m. CT
Location: The Bank
123 East Second St.
Clarksdale, Miss. 38614 (map it)

Research conducted by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) finds that 57 percent of U.S. adults—138 million people—struggle financially. Those living in rural areas, particularly in our Delta communities, face challenges on the road to financial stability and well-being, notably in the areas of financial access, capability and empowerment.

What is the state of financial stability in the Delta? What programs can embed financial empowerment into existing social services? What policies could have the greatest impact on financial stability and poverty alleviation, and what role can practitioners play to advance these policies at the local, regional and state levels?

During this Delta Communities gathering Dec. 7, participants will hear responses to these questions from national and regional experts. We’ll also explore how local financial institutions, community organizations, business leaders and local governments can work together to improve the financial health of their communities. Speakers will include:

  • Mary Coleman, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, EMPath
  • Timothy Lampkin, Co-Founder, CapWay; Chief Executive Officer, Higher Purpose Co.
  • Zola Moon, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
  • Karama Neal, Chief Operating Officer, Southern Bancorp Community Partners
  • Jessica Shappley, Vice President of Policy, Hope Policy Institute
  • Kasey Wiedrich, Director of Applied Research, Prosperity Now

Participation in this event is free; however, registration is required by Monday, Dec. 4, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Jeanne Marra at 314-444-6146 or

Delta Communities Initiative

With an aim of strengthening communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region, the St. Louis Fed launched the Delta Communities initiative to build awareness through regional forums of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development. The meetings feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff and regional and national representatives with experience in building and sustaining community and economic development efforts. Three additional forums have been scheduled through the beginning of 2018. Please hold these dates:


  • Dec. 7


  • Jan. 18
  • Feb. 28 

Representatives from financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities and other local leaders are welcome to participate. While the forums will be held in Clarksdale, Miss., leaders from communities across the Delta region are encouraged to attend.