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Fed/CSBS 2015 Community Banking Research Conference Will Be Webcast Live Sept. 30-Oct. 1


ST. LOUIS ― Community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank supervisors from around the country will meet Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015, in St. Louis for “Community Banking in the 21st Century,” the annual community banking research and policy conference hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). The conference features the latest community banking research and will be webcast live throughout both days. The webcast and related presentation slides can be viewed starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 30 at

Speakers and moderators for the third annual conference will include:

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen;
  • Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard;
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard;
  • CSBS Chairman/Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks David Cotney;
  • CSBS President and CEO John Ryan; and
  • Houston Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, founding investor and board member, R Bank and R Corp Financial, Round Rock, Texas.

The two-day conference will begin at 2 p.m. Central time on Sept. 30 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Chair Yellen and President Bullard will give opening remarks, along with CSBS Chairman David Cotney.  Governor Brainard will give the keynote dinner address.

The conference’s research committee selected a total of 12 academic papers from this year’s call for papers.  Selected authors will present their papers as part of one of three panels throughout both days. Each panel will focus on a specific research topic, including small business and farm lending, community bank performance, and pre-crisis and post-crisis community banking.

On the second day of the conference, Houston Astros President Reid Ryan will give the keynote luncheon address. Ryan, the son of Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan, is a founding investor and board member of Round Rock, Texas-based R Bank and R Corp Financial, where his father is also a founding investor and board member, and his brother Reese is chairman of the board.

The release of the 2015 National Survey of Community Banks will follow Ryan’s remarks, accompanied by a panel discussion about the survey’s findings and reports from state town halls and roundtables conducted by state bank commissioners this past spring and summer. This year’s survey drills deeper into compliance costs, asking bankers how much money they estimate they spent last year on personnel expenses, data processing expenses, legal fees, accounting and auditing expenses, and/or consulting and advisory expenses.

View the entire agenda at the conference web site at