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Federation lines up speakers for Mid-Atlantic conference
NEW YORK (4/5/11)--The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions will hold its second in a series of regional conferences, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Credit Unions and Community Finance: Lessons and Impact, April 27 in Charlottesville, Va. The event, organized in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Virginia Credit Union League, will feature Prof. Gregory Fairchild, executive director of the Tayloe Murphy Center and associate professor of business administration at the Darden School of Business, who will unveil research analyzing the impact of community development financial institutions (CDFIs). In addition to Fairchild, confirmed speakers include:
* Randy Chambers, chief financial officer, Self-Help CU, Durham, N.C., and federation board chairman; * Daniel Merenda, vice president of planning and consultation, Council of Community Services; * Paul Phillips, president/CEO, Freedom First CU, Roanoke, Va.; * K.C. Soares, Ph. D., international management consultant and executive director, Smith Soares Associates; * Pablo DeFilippi, federation director of membership; and * Terry Ratigan, federation senior development consultant.
Participants will learn about resources available from the federal government and regional programs, designing successful strategies to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, learn from field experts and listen to community-based organizations serving these markets. The event is designed to help credit unions gain a better understanding of:
* CDFI certification and low-income designation; * Resources to serve the underserved; * Programs to meet the needs of LMI consumers; * Partnerships to expand service to the underserved; and * Tools to develop outreach strategies in LMI markets; and * Reporting requirements and the regulatory environment.
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