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OCC Staff on the Road and in Communities

OCC staff participates in tours and events led by neighborhood organizations, local government officials, and bankers to learn about local community and economic development initiatives. The outreach events are held in various locations nationwide within the OCC's four districts:

Central District | Northeastern District | Southern District | Western District

Central District

Chicago, Illinois

DCAO Tim Herwig (left) and Carlos Tortolero (center), President of theNational Museum of Mexican Art
District Community Affairs Officer Tim Herwig (left) and Carlos Tortolero (center), President of the National Museum of Mexican Art, discuss the important contribution that mural art has made to the revitalization of the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side during the community tour
 

Northeastern District

Washington, D.C.

To help celebrate Community Development Week 2015
To help celebrate Community Development Week 2015, the “Strategic Partnerships in Community Development” forum held on October 21 in Landover, Maryland brought together bankers and practitioners to discuss transit-oriented development, small business and economic development, and affordable housing. Pictured above, District Community Affairs Officer Bonita Irving (right) discusses how collaborative efforts can strengthen communities with Cheivelle Hill (left), Senior Loan Underwriter at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Peter Dolkart, Regional Community Development Manager for DC and Maryland at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (center).
  To help celebrate Community Development Week 2015
From left to right, OCC’s District Community Affairs Officer Bonita Irving, FDIC’s Community Affairs Specialist Cynthia DuRant, Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Regional Community Development Manager for North Carolina and South Carolina for the FRB of Richmond, and OCC’s Community Development Specialist Denise Murray support the interagency “Economic Inclusion: Being Unbanked/Underbanked” session at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Washington, DC on September 24, 2015. The center connects communities and residents to support its mission to relate, innovate, stimulate, and elevate (R.I.S.E.).
  Attendees gathered at the interagency “Economic Inclusion: Being Unbanked/Underbanked” session to discuss potential solutions to economic issues.
Attendees gathered at the interagency “Economic Inclusion: Being Unbanked/Underbanked” session to discuss potential solutions to economic issues that affect DC’s low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and communities. This session was the third in a series of conversations convened to learn ways to improve financial well-being.

Baltimore, Maryland

Comptroller Curry (first row, middle) joins a group of OCC employees on a bus tour of neighborhoods in east Baltimore, Md., that are currently undergoing revitalization.
Comptroller Curry (first row, middle) joins a group of OCC employees on a bus tour of neighborhoods in east Baltimore, Md., that are currently undergoing revitalization.
  President of TRF Development Partners, describes the process his and other groups use to revitalize the area surrounding the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore, Md.
President of TRF Development Partners, describes the process his and other groups use to revitalize the area surrounding the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore, Md.
  After touring the neighborhood, the OCC group, including Castro, Wides, Comptroller Curry, and Baffour listen to a session on revitalization of Baltimore neighborhoods.
After touring the neighborhood, the OCC group, including (from left) Beth Castro, Barry Wides, Comptroller Curry, and Francis Baffour listen to a session on revitalization of Baltimore neighborhoods.

Washington, D.C.

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OCC Comptroller Thomas Curry and Deputy Comptroller Barry Wides visit Tivoli Theater, which received financing from Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, using the OCC’s public welfare investment authority, to contribute to economic and social development in the Washington, D.C. community.
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Community Affairs staff being briefed on the history of Tivoli Theater and how the renovation of the project created space for a theater, restaurants, office and commercial space, and grocery store.
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OCC Comptroller Curry and other OCC staff tour Washington D.C.’s Tivoli Theater project to recognize the 50th anniversary of the OCC’s public welfare investment authority.

Baltimore, Maryland

DCAO Denise Kirk-Murray discusses Community Affairs’ CRA involvement with attendees at the Interagency CRA Workshop for Community Based Organizations at Coppin State University.
DCAO Denise Kirk-Murray discusses Community Affairs’ CRA involvement with attendees at the Interagency CRA Workshop for Community Based Organizations at Coppin State University.
  OCC’s Bonita Irving and Hershel Lipow join Michael Tagg, Vice President of Commercial Lending of Slavie Federal Savings Bank to discuss presentation topics for Finding the Funds: A Small Business Lending Forum for Entrepreneurs at Morgan State University.
OCC's Bonita Irving and Hershel Lipow join Michael Tagg, Vice President of Commercial Lending, Slavie Federal Savings Bank to discuss presentation topics at the Finding the Funds: A Small Business Lending Forum for Entrepreneurs at Morgan State University.
  DCAO Bonita Irving and Founder and Private Executive Chef of KitchenCray, LLC, James Robinson, provide an overview of the forum to an attendee.
DCAO Irving confers with small business entrepreneurs at the forum.

Southern District

Atlanta, Georgia

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OCC Comptroller Curry, Deputy Comptroller Garsson, and Atlanta’s Operation HOPE Chief Executive Officer James Bailey (right to left) discuss the history of Ebenezer Baptist Church during a tour of Atlanta.
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Tour participants learn history of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church during the pre-conference event of the 2015 HOPE Global Forum, “From Civil Rights to Silver Rights” held on January 15, 2015. Other tour sites included the Martin Luther King Reflection Pool, the King Crypt, and the Historic Fire Station.
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Operation HOPE’s Chief Executive Officer John Bryant, OCC Comptroller Curry, Atlanta City Council President Cesar Mitchell, and Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners John Eaves (left to right) discuss the importance of financial literacy, economic development, and the Community Reinvestment Act during the 2013 HOPE forum.

Dallas, Texas

Tour participants being briefed on the hybrid engine of a cab operated by Dallas Yellow Cab, a company that received an investment from the CRA-oriented Lone Star Fund.
Tour participants being briefed on the hybrid engine of a cab operated by Dallas Yellow Cab, a company that received an investment from the CRA-oriented Lone Star Fund.
  Tour participants visit an affordable rental housing project under development in downtown Dallas.
Tour participants visit an affordable rental housing project under development in downtown Dallas.
  OCC tour participants visit PrimeSource, an African-American, female controlled company located in South Dallas which received an investment from the CRA-oriented North Texas Opportunity Fund.
OCC tour participants visit PrimeSource, an African-American, female controlled company located in South Dallas which received an investment from the CRA-oriented North Texas

Western District

San Francisco, California

Tour participants visit small businesses along Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco. Many of the small businesses in this community received assistance from community development financial institutions.

Tour participants visit small businesses along Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco. Many of the small businesses in this community received assistance from community development financial institutions.
  Lola Whittle of the Ren/Bay View Business Resource Center discusses their small business technical assistance initiative.

Lola Whittle of the Ren/Bay View Business Resource Center discusses their small business technical assistance initiative.
  Derene Allen of Home Green Home discusses their worker-owned home cleaning cooperative which received start-up financing from a San Francisco-based microenterprise lender, the Opportunity Fund.
Derene Allen of Home Green Home discusses their worker-owned home cleaning cooperative that received start-up financing from a San Francisco-based microenterprise lender, the Opportunity Fund.
Caleb Zigas of La Cocina provides a tour of their incubator kitchen which provides commercial cooking space for food entrepreneurs. La Cocina also helps small caterers and potential restaurant owners make the transition from being a home-based business to operating a larger scale commercial enterprise.
Caleb Zigas of La Cocina provides a tour of their incubator kitchen that provides commercial cooking space for food entrepreneurs. La Cocina also helps small caterers and potential restaurant owners make the transition from being a home-based business to operating a larger scale commercial enterprise.