ST. LOUIS ― Community bankers, academics, policymakers and bank supervisors from around the country will meet Sept. 28-29 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for the fourth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). The conference features the latest in community banking research and will be webcast live throughout both days.
The webcast can be viewed starting at 9 a.m. Central time on Wednesday via the conference site at www.communitybanking.org. Viewers of the conference will also have the opportunity to send questions via email to conference presenters via the interactive webcast platform.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard will give welcoming remarks at the start of the conference, along with CSBS Chairman and Texas Commissioner of Banks Charles Cooper.
Keynote speakers on Wednesday include Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans, who will give the afternoon keynote at 12:30 p.m. CT, and H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt, chairman of BancFirst Corp. in Oklahoma City, Okla., who will give the evening keynote at 6 p.m. CT. On Thursday, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell will give the morning keynote at 9 a.m. CT, and Michael Stevens, CSBS senior executive vice president, will giving closing remarks at 2:30 p.m. CT.
A total of 10 academic papers were chosen from this year's call for papers by the conference research committee. Authors of the selected papers will present their papers during one of three moderated panels being held throughout the conference. The panel sessions will be divided into three topic areas, with each panel including a community banker discussant.
In addition, this year will feature a team of undergraduate students from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., who will present the findings of the case study that won the 2016 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition. The conference will conclude with the release of the results from the 2016 Community Banking in the 21st Century national survey and a panel discussion of the survey findings.
For a complete lineup of speakers and times, see the complete agenda.