Representing the Federal Reserve System at the Community Bankers Symposium were Elizabeth A. Duke, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; and Charles L. Evans, president and CEO, Carl R. Tannenbaum, vice president, and Mark H. Kawa, vice president—all from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Speakers from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) were Richard Brown, chief economist, and M. Anthony Lowe, regional director of the Midwest Region. Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder, Moody’s Economy.com, also addressed the gathering. Nearly 300 individuals, primarily representatives from community banks in the Seventh Federal Reserve District, attended the symposium.
The fifth annual Community Bankers Symposium, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Midwest Region of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, was held at the Chicago Fed on November 6, 2009. This article summarizes the key presentations and discussions at the conference.