Join leaders in banking, philanthropy, impact investing, and community development to engage in action-oriented dialogue around addressing the financial service gaps that limit economic mobility for many rural people and places. Speakers include Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Jerome H. Powell, the Emerson Collective's Anne Marie Burgoyne, and many more. Register here by February 1st.
This week's CDBA Storybank video highlights First Eagle Bank in Chicago, Illinois. Its featured client, MDC Economic Development Corporation, specializes in public housing renovation in the city's most underserved areas. MDC is part of the Do For Self Community Development Corporation, an initiative to train, employ, and develop former gang members, ex-offenders, and other socially disenfranchised members of the community so they can transform the communities they live in while earning a legitimate income. Watch the video here.
In Washington, D.C., communities east of the Anacostia River haven't benefited from the same economic development as the rest of the city. Additionally, the past decade has seen a steady decline in brick and mortar banks across the country. All this has led to a diminishing of access to financial services for low-income working families and minorities, obstacles to small business lending, and a stifling of capital availability in areas that need it most. Now JPMorgan Chase, along with their expansion into the city, are looking to meet these needs in a variety of ways. Read more here.
As consumers migrate to banking apps, it is tempting for lenders to focus solely on improving that experience. But new data suggests that consumers aren't abandoning other platforms completely. Smartphone apps have become the most popular way for consumers to use mobile banking, but half of those customers also access mobile banking through a browser on their phones, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. "We can no longer afford to ignore the online portal in deference to the app," said Emmett Higdon, director of digital banking at Javelin Strategy & Research. Read more here.
Policymakers have long struggled to modernize the decades-old Community Reinvestment Act. But translating that momentum into an actual reform plan in 2019 will not be easy. Sticking points range from how to define a community amid rapid change in delivery models, to creating a single uniform CRA metric for banks to follow. However, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting remains hopeful. "Everybody recognizes this is something that collectively we need to fix," he said. "Everybody is prepared to roll up our sleeves and sit down and talk."
The Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA), the national trade association of Community Development Financial Institutions and mission focused banks, is seeking a high energy and dynamic candidate for the position of Public Policy Director. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of public policy/advocacy experience and a passion for community development. The position reports to our Chief Executive Officer, but works with all members of the team. This is a full time 40 hour per week position located at PCG's offices in Washington, D.C. Click here to apply.
The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) has named Industrial Bank's U-Street location the city's Location of the Month. The designation promotes exemplary DC locales as prime settings for movie and television productions looking for filming locations. The bank recently underwent major renovations that helped it win this distinction, adds Melanee Woodard, Assistant Vice President of Industrial Bank, ""Now you can come in, sit down, have a complimentary coffee, talk with our team and experience all that comes with our service." Read more here.
This week, small banks serving America's impoverished communities were recognized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund with $25 million in Bank Enterprise Awards (BEA Awards) to a record-breaking 119 banks and thrifts headquartered in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Of the awardees, 61 are members of the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA), who received a total of $13.8 million in awards (55 percent of the total award dollars).
As the successful re-entry of previously incarcerated citizens raises national focus, Industrial Bank seeks to become a leader in the movement. Recognizing the need for financial knowledge, at the beginning of 2018, Industrial Bank began financial literacy training within the walls of a DC Jail. By bringing awareness and financial knowledge to these communities, Industrial Bank hopes to support economic growth in their communities. "Industrial Bank's Financial Workshop ...was a much-needed resource to help our population build a pathway to the desired future that our young men want," said Earl J. Hollimon, DC Jail Program Analyst.
Last month, Citizens National Bank received the 2018 Community Impact Award at the 22nd annual CRA & Fair Lending Colloquium in Hollywood, Fla. The award specifically recognized the bank's Power of Local Community Development Program, which helps the unbanked establish credit, improve credit scores, and secure affordable home loans. "Our vision is to assist our customers in creating a personal financial plan that enables them to achieve their dreams," said J. Scott Sills, Chief Marketing Officer at Citizens National Bank.