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CSBS & The Federal Reserve System Present:
The Community Banking Research Conference

The Sixth Annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference, held October 3-4 in St. Louis and co-sponsored by CSBS, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System, presents an innovative approach to the study of community banks. Academics explore issues raised by the industry in a neutral, empirical manner and present their findings at the conference. Community bankers contribute to an annual national survey prior to the conference and then participate directly in the conference by serving as keynote speakers and panelists and by providing feedback to the research presented.

Research Conference Website

Research Developed From the 2017 Conference

Survey of Community Banks

Each year, CSBS and the Federal Reserve conduct a survey of community banks nationwide. In addition, state regulators engage one-on-one with a select set of community bankers, ask them in-depth questions about opportunities and challenges they face, and publish a summary of those interview.

View Survey of Community Banks


Academic Research Papers

Academics present papers at the conference each year exploring relevant issues to community banks in a neutral, empirical manner. during the conference, community bankers provide feedback as panel participants during discussions of the research.

View 2017 Research Papers


Undergraduate Case Study Research

Through study of a local community bank, undergraduate students engage in an experiential learning opportunity that allows them to network with local banks, CSBS staff, and academics. Students gain valuable, first-hand knowledge of the banking industry, and, if selected as winner, present their work in front of federal and state regulators, academics, and industry stakeholders at the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference.

Learn About the Case Study Competition

CSBS Chairman: Research Essential to Modernizing Community Banking

CSBS Chairman Albert Forkner Discusses the Value of Research for Community Bank Supervision

CSBS Chairman Albert L. Forkner, who is also commissioner of the Wyoming Division of Banking, opened the 2017 CSBS-Federal Reserve Community…