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Upcoming Events

Oakland Small Business Forum (Oakland, CA - April 24, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco are sponsoring a small business forum on April 24, 2014 in Oakland, California. This forum is for bankers, CDFIs, nonprofits, and small business owners in the East Bay. The meeting will provide information relating to small business loan resources including bank underwriters, alternative lenders, and technical assistance providers. For information, please contact Susan Howard with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at (818) 240-5175.

CRA 101 for Community Based Organizations (Grand Island, NE - April 29, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are co-sponsoring CRA training on April 29, 2014 in Grand Island, Nebraska. This workshop is designed for organizations that are interested in learning about the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and how it can benefit the people and communities they serve. This training will help community based organizations learn how to work constructively and effectively with banks to improve conditions in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. For information, please contact Michael Martinez with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at (720) 475-7670.

Community Development Opportunities Bus Tour (Gary, IN - April 30, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are co-sponsoring the Community Development Opportunities Bus Tour on April 30, 2014 in Gary, Indiana. The tour will provide banks with information on community development initiatives in Gary's University Park neighborhood - initiatives that address affordable housing, small business and workforce development needs. The tour also will provide an update on the City of Gary's community economic development plans in general. The tour will follow up two events the FDIC and the OCC co-sponsored in 2013 in Gary that highlighted community development opportunities in the city. For information, please contact Paul Ginger with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at (312) 360-8876.

Interagency Forum on Local Opportunities in Small Business Lending (Lakewood Ranch, FL - April 30, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are co-sponsoring CRA training on April 30, 2014 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The purpose of this interagency event is to provide an opportunity for banks to hear about CRA-related opportunities in small business lending. The event is targeted to all financial institutions and community development financial institutions in the metro Tampa market. This forum will include opportunities for networking, an overview of the state of small business lending and resources for small business lending and development. For more information on registration, please contact April Atkins with the FDIC.

Interagency Bankers Roundtable (Richmond, VA - May 7, 2014)  
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are co-sponsoring a CRA roundtable meeting on May 7, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of the half-day session is to discuss various CRA-related topics of interest to bankers and explore the possibility of starting a CRA collaborative in Virginia with the participation of the Virginia Community Bankers Association.

Utah CRA Roundtable (Salt Lake City, UT - May 8, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are co-sponsoring a CRA Roundtable meeting on May 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Roundtable will feature presentations for bankers including affordable housing efforts underway by Volunteers of America, USDA Rural Development programming, and an update on Utah's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance work (VITA). For more information, please contact Michael Martinez with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at (720) 475-7670.

Developing Small and Emerging Rural Businesses (Robinsonville, MS - May 13, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Jackson State University will host a forum focusing on rural small and microbusiness lending on May 13, 2014 in Robinsonville, Mississippi. The forum will bring together small business lenders and CRA Officers, community leaders, and rural small and micro businesses for conversations about small and micro-lending opportunities traditionally focused on in urban areas. Please RSVP by May 8, 2014. You may register by contacting Dr. Lurlene Irvin with JSU at (601) 979-2797.

Indianapolis Interagency Small Business Forum (Indianapolis, IN - May 15, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are co-sponsoring an Interagency Small Business Forum on May 15, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The roundtable will facilitate discussions between banks and small business lenders/technical assistance providers. Topics will focus on building collaborative relationships that support small business development and access to capital consistent with the community development definitions within the Community Reinvestment Act. Bankers will also receive information on state and federal programs and resources that enhance their ability to extend small business credit. For more information, please email chicommunityaffairs@fdic.gov.

Community Development Beyond Basics (Louisville, KY - May 21, 2014) 
The Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will host the "Community Development: Beyond the Basics," on May 21, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. This is a "how-to" knowledge-sharing event, specifically tailored for experienced CRA Officers of Intermediate Small Banks and Large Banks. The training is designed to help banks attain optimal community development performance. For more information, please contact Norma Polanco-Boyd with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at (216) 274-1247 Ext 275.

CRA 101 for Community Based Organizations (Dayton, OH - May 29, 2014) 
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland are co-sponsoring a workshop on May 29, 2014 in Dayton, Ohio. This invitation only workshop is to educate community-based organizations on CRA and community development, as it relates to banks and thrifts. Modules will include "CRA Basics", "Performance Context", "Defining Community Development" and a panel discussion of bankers highlighting successful partnerships with community groups.