The StoryBank Project is a CDBA initiative to capture success stories of our member banks. These stories show how underserved communities benefit directly from mission-based banking and financial services. Our latest video highlights Citizens National Bank in Meridian, Mississippi. One client, Weidmann's Restaurant, will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, making it the oldest continuously running restaurant in Mississippi. Another client, Adrian Cross, was able to buy a home for the first time.
In the 1980s, Michael Milken embodied Wall Street greed. A swashbuckling financier, he was charged with playing a central role in a vast insider-trading scheme and was sent to prison for violating federal securities and tax laws. He was an inspiration for the Gordon Gekko character in the film "Wall Street." Mr. Milken has spent the intervening decades trying to rehabilitate his reputation through an influential nonprofit think tank, the Milken Institute, devoted to initiatives “that advance prosperity.” These days, the Milken Institute is a leading proponent of a new federal tax break that was intended to coax wealthy investors to plow money into distressed communities known as “opportunity zones.” The institute’s leaders have helped push senior officials in the Trump administration to make the tax incentive more generous, even though it is under fire for being slanted toward the wealthy. Mr. Milken, it turns out, is in a position to personally gain from some of the changes that his institute has urged the Trump administration to enact. In one case, the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, directly intervened in a way that benefited Mr. Milken, his longtime friend.
After overcoming numerous obstacles, and getting knocked to the ground earlier this decade, Native American Bank is solidly on its feet again and moving in a new direction. "It's all about perseverance, about the will to succeed," said chairman Kent Paul, at an opening ceremony for the bank's new location at 201 N. Broadway on Thursday. The Denver-based bank has left behind a 24th-floor office in a downtown highrise it leased for a building it owns on Broadway, a location that is street-level and more accessible. It will join a long-running retail branch the bank operates in Browning, Mont., serving members of the Blackfeet Nation, providing lessons on how to compete in consumer banking. Most of the bank's business has focused on commercial borrowers, but NAB, with the help of technology, wants to serve more individuals, said NAB president and CEO Thomas Ogaard.
Please join us as we examine the process that the FDIC uses to market failed bank franchises to other eligible insured banks. While the FDIC does not expect significant failure activity in the near future, it is important to periodically offer information and technical assistance regarding the process by which eligible CDFI banks may bid on failing institutions so you can better understand the process, the benefits for your institutions, and can explore whether you might be interested in future opportunities. The FDIC recently updated its franchise marketing documents and this is an opportunity for new and experienced bidders to learn more about the process. Register by November 4 at 1pm Eastern Time.
Hearings and bill mark-ups are commonplace in many committees in the House of Representatives and Senate every day. These routine-but-important parts of the legislative process are great opportunities to leverage your advocacy goals. A hearing or mark-up is a perfect opportunity to activate your advocates with a specific call to action (CTA). Your advocacy appeal can be issued before a hearing, during, after, or "all of the above" for maximum effect. Beyond your traditional email, text and social media campaign you can get a little more disruptive and creative for maximum effect. More often cameras are on — even if it's C-Span 3 — media are present, and the stage is set for a focused discussion on a topic that can advance your agenda. Here are a few ways to get the most out of a hearing and leverage it for your advocacy efforts.
Chuck Snyder came to National Cooperative Bank in 1983 to serve as its chief financial officer. Today, it's a $2.6 billion dollar bank, holding $2.2 billion in deposits, and a portfolio of $2 billion in loans exclusively to housing co-ops, consumer co-ops, producer co-ops and other cooperatively-owned entities across the country. It's a bank, not a credit union, because its members are exclusively co-ops themselves, not individuals. It's survived three recessions, two major financial crises, and dramatic industry consolidation — in 1983, there were more than 14,000 commercial banks in the U.S.; today there are fewer than 5,000. And it's not just a name — the bank itself is also a cooperative, owned and controlled by its customers. It's one of a few banks that doesn't have the traditional ownership structure of wealthy investors at the top, reaping the lion's share of profits at the expense of borrowers and depositors.
On Tuesday, October 22, CDBA Members Kenneth Kelly of First Independence Bank and Jeff Bowman of Bay Bank testified before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions in a hearing titled, "An Examination of the Decline of Minority Depository Institutions and the Impact on Underserved Communities."
Be inquisitive and never stop learning. Those were two pieces of advice Bob Jones, CEO and President of United Bank, shared with Harbert College of Business students on Monday, October 14. "Things change so quickly that what you learn today, by the time you get into the workplace, it's going to be dramatically different. If you think you know it all, and you stop, it's going to blow by you in a heartbeat." United Bank is a full-service community bank in Atmore that serves southwest Alabama, and parts of the Florida Panhandle. Jones, a former accountant and U.S. Navy veteran who holds a degree from the Harbert College of Business, became United Bank's CEO in 1992. He discussed the merits of community banks, community development, learning to evolve professionally, and what he considers "credibility capital" (earning trust and respect).
The CDFI Fund and BCT Partners are excited to announce that registration is now open for the "Expanding the Capacity of CDFIs to Serve People with Disabilities" in-person trainings in Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA. "Access for All" is a training and technical assistance series offered through the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund's (CDFI Fund) Capacity Building Initiative to increase the impact and reach of CDFIs in support of the economic development goals of people with disabilities. Through the "Access for All" series, the CDFI Fund will endeavor to increase the number of CDFIs serving individuals with disabilities and, ultimately, increase the impact and reach of CDFIs in the disability community. The training will be provided by BCT Partners in partnership with a team of disability and CDFI experts.
The StoryBank Project is a CDBA initiative to capture success stories of our member banks. These stories show how underserved communities benefit directly from mission-based banking and financial services. Our latest video highlights Metro Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. Their client, Kidwell's Auto Beautification, employs dozens of community members, including formerly incarcerated people. Another client, Omni Medical Center, was given a loan by Metro Bank to serve underserved areas of Louisville.