Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

News Release

Monday, March 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Financial Regulators Gather To Learn About Reaching Underserved Communities

What: Northwest Regional Conference on Reaching the Unbanked
When: Tuesday, March 27 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine Street, Seattle

Tomorrow in Seattle, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions is co-hosting a conference to discuss ways to bring unbanked families into the financial mainstream. The event is free and will be held at the downtown Hyatt. A capacity crowd (over 200 people) from throughout the NW registered to attend. The schedule includes a variety of key-note speakers and panels discussing best practices and sharing observations about reaching underserved communities. This is the third conference across the country initiated by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Partners for the event in Seattle include:

Brad Williamson, Director of the Division of Banks will speak on behalf of DFI. The audience includes credit unions, banks, and a wide variety of community groups.

Agenda

9:00 Welcome and Conference Overview

Mr. Dan Iannicola, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education
US Department of the Treasury

Mr. Brad Williamson, Director of the Division of Banks
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Mr. John F. Carter, Regional Director, San Francisco Region Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

9:25 Regional and Local Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Mr. Craig Nolte, Regional Manager for Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

10:40 Break

10:55 Featured Speakers

11:25 Discussion of Morning Presentations
Mr. Brad Williamson, Director of the Division of Banks
Mr. Dan Iannicola, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education

11:45 Networking Lunch

1:00 Effective Models and Practices for Reaching the Unbanked Panel
Moderator: Ms. Louisa Quittman, Director, Community Adjustment and Investment Program

US Department of the Treasury

2:15 Small Group Roundtable Discussions
Participants will select a group discussion from the following topics:

3:25 Break

3:40 Report Back and Moderated Discussion

4:15 Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
Mr. Dan Iannicola, Jr., US Department of the Treasury

DFI