| Thursday, December 27, 2012

BankPlus, a certified community development bank and CDBA member, is located in Mississippi, the state with the most payday lenders per capita. But executives at the Bank were not willing to stand by as these payday lenders charged extremely high rates to often low-income borrowers. Instead, BankPlus decided to offer a small-dollar loan product with better terms and outcomes. According to BankPlus President and CEO Bill Ray, "The idea was to create a program to assist anyone caught in the payday lending cycle, but also to serve the underbanked who seek to enter the commercial banking system." 

Learn more about BankPlus's innovative financial product at American Banker.

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012


December 19, 2012

Member News

Virginia Community Capital Finishes 2012 Strong with 3 Grants
Virginia Community Capital

Virginia Community Capital has received three national grants this past month to support its work in low-income communities and bolster ongoing job creation efforts. A $415,000 grant from the 2012 Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA), offered through the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution Fund, will provide leverage for a wide range of projects across Virginia. This is VCC's fourth consecutive BEA award. $32,750 from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network to spark job creation nationally, will combine with first round funding secured in 2011. $20,000 from the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards Program, supporting innovative CDFIs, will provide planning grant funds for the Healthy Foods initiative at VCC. "These grants increase our capacity to provide funding and technical advisory services for low-income communities across Virginia," offered Jane Henderson, VCC President and CEO. "We are especially pleased to see national organizations recognize our efforts and the importance of fellow CDFIs."


Of Interest

2011 FDIC Survey of Banks’ Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked Released

This report presents the results of the 2011 FDIC Survey of Banks’ Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked. As mandated by Federal

law, the FDIC surveys insured depository institutions every two years to assess their efforts to bring individuals and families who have rarely, if ever, held a checking or a savings account at an insured depository institution, into the financial mainstream. Key recommendations for banks include: expand offerings of basic, low-cost checking and savings deposit accounts; offer additional transactions services to underserved households, including non-customers; enhance small-dollar loan product marketing; utilize partnerships with community organizations to promote checking and savings account ownership, and consider expanding retail strategies to build relationships with underbanked and unbanked consumers. 

FDIC Releases Community Banking Study, Supervisory Initiatives

The FDIC released the results of a study of community banking in the United States, as well as a series of supervisory and rulemaking measures relating to community banks, as the outcome of its yearlong Community Banking Initiative. The study suggests that the community banking sector can generate most of the capital it needs through retained earnings. However, there are two important caveats to this conclusion. First, the ability to generate capital internally depends on a healthy level of earnings. In periods where earnings have faltered, retained earnings have declined sharply or become negative, requiring more community banks to raise capital from external sources. Second, retained earnings can only be a sufficient source of capital if the asset base of the institution is not growing more rapidly than its earnings. Chapter 5 demonstrates how hundreds of community banks in relatively stable, high-performing lending specialties in 2000 pursued growth-oriented strategies centered on C&D and CRE lending that ultimately underperformed for many of them. Community banks with TruPS at the holding company level were almost twice as likely to undertake such a shift in strategy as those that did not use TruPS. The experience of community banks during the study period appears to indicate that maintaining a stable balance between growth and earnings has been the surest path to long-term viability.

Consumers Rate Small Banks Higher Than Big Ones
News Tribune

With the exception of JPMorgan Chase, big banks continue to fall out of favor with consumers. A report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) finds customers satisfaction with banks rose 2.7 percent this year, due almost entirely to satisfaction with small community banks. Small banks -- stable at an ACSI score of 79 -- continue to outclass large banks and capture market share because of it. “As more customers move from large banks to smaller banks and credit unions, the overall customer satisfaction level for banks goes up as a matter of mathematics,” said Claes Fornell, ACSI founder. “As the smaller banks do a better job with customers and therefore attract more of them, customer satisfaction for banks on the whole gets a boost.”

Senate Vote Deals Blow to TAG Extension

Efforts by small banks to protect a financial crisis-era deposit insurance program suffered a significant setback on Thursday when a bill to extend the program failed to survive a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate. The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program insures bank deposits above the $250,000 normally covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp in checking accounts that do not collect interest. It is set to expire at the end of the year.
Lobbyists for small banks have argued that letting the program end would lead U.S. companies to pull funds from bank accounts and invest elsewhere, roiling community banks that are still grappling with the sluggish economic recovery. The bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid, would have extended the program for two more years. But it failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural challenge raised by Republican senators. The blow means it is increasingly likely TAG will expire at the end of the year. Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have said the program should end. Bank lobbyists had hoped a strong Senate vote to extend the program would be enough to sway House leaders.


FINANTA - Chief Financial Officer (Philadelphia, PA)
FINANTA, a micro- and small-business lender, is seeking a CFO. Responsibilities include accounting, lending and management of the loan portfolio, reporting and contract compliance, board and committee work, staff management, research, buisness and technical assistance, and information controls. The CFO will have at least five years of professional experience, including managing the finances and administration of non-profits or similar entities; experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a highly entrepreneurial organization, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Finance or similar field. FINANTA is accepting resumes for this position until January 15, 2013. Full details available here

Central Bank of Kansas City - Business Development Officer (Kansas City, MO)
The Business Development Officer (BDO) will develop and strengthen the commercial loan referral network, using leads to achieve loan goals. The BDO will be responsible for exploring and pursuing new markets for loan products, preliminarily analyzing loan requests, and preparing written overviews and recommendations for the proposal. A BDO also is responsible for following regulatory guidelines and compliance procedures when initiating potential loan discussions, including government community reinvestment guidelines. The BDO will report directly to the chief lending officer. Also a BDO preliminarily reviews a commercial borrower's financial data and determines the company's creditworthiness. He or she also verifies credit references and ensures that a borrower has sufficient cash levels to repay loans pertaining to new products and services. We are looking for a friendly, energetic person who has the qualifications and skills that match today’s opportunity. This position is responsible for developing commercial loan leads which meet established lending requirements and provide maximum profitability to the Bank with a minimal risk. All referrals for prospective customers will come from sources outside of bank personnel, directors, and customers. This candidate will need to be self motivated, organized, and a good time manager. Weekly reports of potential customer calling activity will be required. Full details available here

The CDBA Newsflash is a service of the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA). For more information on other members and the work of CDBA please visit Or write to us at: 1444 I. Street NW, Suite 201, Washington D.C., 20005 or

Contact Name: Dana Weinstein;; 202-689-8935 x32

| Thursday, December 13, 2012


December 13, 2012

Member News

Governor Andrew Cuomo Names Tax-Code Panel
Gannett New York Network

(12-11-12) A year after it was first unveiled, a panel tasked with brainstorming long-term fixes for New York’s tax code is beginning to take shape.
Former state Comptroller Carl McCall and Peter Solomon, the founder of New York City-based investment advisory firm Peter J. Solomon Company, have been tapped by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to co-chair the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, according to a list obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. The commission was formed as part of a December 2011 deal to tweak the state’s tax brackets, an agreement that came while Cuomo and the Legislature were under pressure to prevent an added tax on the state’s top earners from expiring at the end of the year. That deal included a new bracket for those making more than $2 million annually, which expires at the end of 2014. Cuomo named ten people to the panel, including Deborah Wright, President and CEO of Carver Bancorp Inc. and Carver Federal Savings Bank.

“Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation”

(12-10-12) Authors Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis, and Michael Pollan appeared at the Berkeley Rep in “The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation,”  to help enable the creation in Oakland of a tutoring and creative writing center for East Bay youth, dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Berkeleyside’s “Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation” is being supported by One PacificCoast Bank, founded in 2007 by Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor “to be a force for good,” according to Taylor who is the bank’s CEO.  “We want to be a model for how banks should operate, as it’s clear many banks have been responsible for unholy damage,” Taylor says, citing the mortgage crisis and the destruction of rain forests as examples.

Southern Bancorp Mission News
Southern Bancorp

(12-7-12) While parts of the country continue to see slow but steady economic recovery, many of the markets Southern Bancorp serves are still struggling. But Southern is striving to provide its customers and communities with the support and financing needed to accelerate economic recovery. For example, in its Mississippi markets, Southern recently launched several innovative small dollar loan products. They've also partnered with the Clarksdale Municipal School District to provide teachers with loans to help them achieve National Board Certification and have pioneeered a payday loan alternative product to provide a non-predatory alternative to the payday lenders. Additionally, Southern's bank and nonprofit partnership with Coahoma County continues to strengthen and yield tangible progress. The Coahoma County Delta Bridge Project, a comprehensive development initiative led by residents of Coahoma County and supported by Southern, launched about two years ago. Since then, over $2 million in new investments have been attracted in support of the goals outlined in the strategic plan.


Of Interest

CFPB Releases Study on Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

(12-13-12) This paper describes the credit reporting infrastructure at the three largest nationwide consumer reporting agencies (NCRAs) – Equifax Information Services LLC (Equifax), TransUnion LLC (TransUnion), and Experian Information Solutions Inc. (Experian) – with a special focus on the infrastructure and processes currently used by the NCRAs to collect, compile, and report information about consumers in the form of credit reports.

TAG Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle as White House Voices Support
American Banker

(12-11-12) The Obama administration released a statement of policy Tuesday in support of extending a crisis-era guarantee program for certain business bank accounts, ahead of a successful procedural Senate vote on the bill to limit debate on the issue. The bill, S. 3637, introduced by Majority Leader Harry Reid, would extend the Transaction Account Guarantee program for two years. The issue has divided a number of industry groups, pitting big banks and credit unions against smaller banks which argue they still need the guarantee. "The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) Program played an important role in maintaining financial stability and banking system liquidity for consumers and businesses during the financial crisis," said the statement of policy. "While the Administration supports a temporary extension of the program, it remains committed to actively evaluating the use of this emergency measure created during extraordinary times and a responsible approach to winding down the program." The Senate voted 76 to 20 in favor of a motion to limit debate on the issue on Tuesday afternoon, which likely clears the path for an additional procedural vote and a final Senate vote in favor of the bill as early as Thursday.

Small Bank's Surprise Decision May Threaten Treasury's Tarp Return
American Banker

(12-11-12) A bank's decision to balk at paying dividends to a private investor that bought its Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) shares may reduce investor interest in future auctions and weaken returns for the government. Basswood Capital Management won a Treasury bid in October to buy a portion of preferred TARP shares of $114 million-asset CenterBank in Milford, Ohio. Although the bank had never missed a dividend payment to Treasury and appeared in healthy condition, the financial institution sent a letter Nov. 13 to Basswood Capital saying it would not pay its quarterly dividend. The move caught the investment firm by surprise, especially when the bank's CEO gave his reasoning to a local paper, telling a reporter that the bank simply wanted to "keep our capital local as opposed to sending it to New York." The bank's decision is likely to have far-reaching consequences, however, including potentially spooking other investors away from future Treasury auctions and reducing the government's return. "It will open the eyes to some investors that the dividend deferral feature is not merely a theoretical possibility," said Kip Weissman, a partner at law firm Luse Gorman Pomerenk & Schick. "It will probably depress prices."

Treasury Accepting Losses as Small Banks Exit Bailout Program
Washington Post

(12-7-12) At 9 a.m. on Nov. 30, the Treasury Department began auctioning off its shares in seven community banks scattered across the country. Each of these institutions had taken money from the government in 2009 during the financial crisis. By the time the bidding closed at 6 p.m. Monday, the Treasury had collected about $62 million. However, the government’s original investment in these banks totaled $75 million. It was not the first time the government walked away with a loss. In 10 similar auctions conducted to date, Treasury has sold off its investments in 84 financial firms, accepting losses of about $241 million. “Treasury has shifted its emphasis and is no longer focused on promoting financial stability,” said Christy Romero, special inspector general for the TARP. “Instead, Treasury wants to declare success and move on.” Treasury officials said the bids the department has received reflect what the market is willing to bear at this point. Besides, they said, the ultimate goal is to wind down TARP in an efficient way. Moreover, the government may have sold shares in these community banks at a loss, but these firms also paid $307 million in dividends to Treasury coffers, aside from the money recouped from the auctions. Overall, Treasury has turned a profit from its small-bank investment. “We want a competitive, transparent process, and that’s exactly what we’ve had with the auctions,” Treasury Assistant Secretary Timothy G. Massad said.


National Community Investment Fund - Senior Analyst, Social Impact Evaluation and Investments (Chicago, IL)
NCIF is currently seeking a Senior Analyst – Social Impact Evaluation and Investments. The successful candidate will support the Chief Executive on the following key activities of NCIF: social performance metrics and research, financial analysis, marketing and communications, and other related activities. Full details available here

The CDBA Newsflash is a service of the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA). For more information on other members and the work of CDBA please visit Or write to us at: 1444 I. Street NW, Suite 201, Washington D.C., 20005 or

Contact Name: Dana Weinstein;; 202-689-8935 x32

| Wednesday, December 5, 2012


December 5, 2012

Member News

Mission Valley Bank’s New Generation of Online & eBanking Services
Mission Valley Bank

(12-4-12) Through client surveys, interviews and day to day conversations, Mission Valley Bank has heard what its customers want to see with regard to Online and eBanking. In response, Mission Valley Bank is launching a whole new look and feel for a much more robust Online Banking Platform. This new lineup of state-of-the-art eBanking services which significant enhancements to: oneline banking for personal and small business accounts, business bill pay, personal bill pay, on-site teller, and business online banking. Learn more about the new eBanking Services by viewing the informative videos on Mission Valley Bank's website.

Chicago Fed Announces New Board Members
Fox Business

(12-3-12) The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago announced three new members and the appointment of a new chair of its Board of Directors in a press release Monday night. Greg Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive of Motorola Solutions Inc.; Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor in Chicago, and William M. Farrow III, President and CEO of Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago, were announced as new members to the nine-person board. The appointments are effective January 1.

Of Interest

Warren, Manchin Win Seats on Senate Banking Panel
American Banker

(12-4-12) Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has secured a spot on the Senate Banking Committee, and she'll be joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, according to a Democratic Senate aide. Warren, a Harvard professor and founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, beat out GOP incumbent Sen. Scott Brown in a heated and expensive battle this fall. Critics have warned that the Massachusetts Democrat could have outsized influence on the committee given her strong and often critical views of the industry, but many observers have said that it would be difficult for Senate leaders to deny her a spot given her background. Several liberal groups had started a petition to encourage Senate leaders to place her on the panelThe Senate aide cautioned that the decisions about Warren and Manchin will not be final until Majority Leader Harry Reid makes a public announcement.

Lame Duck Session is Crunch Time for Key Bank Bills
American Banker


(12-3-12) A number of critical industry bills that languished over the summer and fall are once again gaining prominence in the waning days of the lame duck session. At least two bills appear headed for passage — one that would protect information banks share with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and another that would end a requirement for banks to place a physical placard disclosing ATM fees in addition to an electronic notice. Another relatively uncontroversial bill that could come up for a vote is an extension to the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which exempts homeowners from paying taxes on short sales, principal reductions, and other forms of mortgage forgiveness. Banking groups and credit unions have also been waging an ongoing
battleover a bill to double a cap on credit union business lending to 27.5% of assets, which bankers adamantly oppose. Separately, banks are also battling each other as lawmakers weigh whether to extend the Transaction Account Guarantee before it sunsets at year end.

A Surprise Ending for Second Federal
Crain's Chicago Business

(11-28-12) In a surprise end to the saga of the failed Second Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago, Wintrust Financial Corp. has agreed to sell the Little Village thrift's three branches and deposits to a group led by Pilsen community development organization the Resurrection Project. The nonprofit, along with North Carolina-based Self-Help Federal Credit Union, had bid unsuccessfully for Second Federal's deposits when regulators closed the thrift in July. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s move to sell the $161 million of deposits to Rosemont-based Wintrust provoked sharp criticism from Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo and a letter from U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago. The FDIC later sold the thrift's loans, almost all of them mortgages to Hispanic borrowers on the Southwest Side and in near west suburban Cicero, to the Resurrection Project and its credit union ally. But the group always wanted the deposits as well, Mr. Raymundo said. Wintrust CEO Edward Wehmer said that in the end, what was best for the community was for the deposits, loans and branches to be with a single institution. “Sometimes we may not be the perfect answer,” he said in an interview. But, he emphasized, “We are not by any means abandoning the community.”

US SIF Publishes Biennial Sustainable Investment Trends Report
Social Funds

(11-24-12) The recently published 2012 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the US from US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment indicates that assets allocated to sustainable investment strategies continue to rise, as they have throughout the past decade. By the end of 2011, $3.74 trillion were invested by means of such strategies as incorporation of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) criteria and shareowner engagement. The total represents a 22% increase over sustainable investment at year end 2009, which stood at $3.07 trillion. By the end of 2011, 443 institutional investors, 272 money managers, and 1,043 community investment institutions with assets in excess of $3.3 trillion were incorporating ESG criteria, and an additional 200 institutional investors or money managers, with assets of $1.54 trillion, had filed or co-filed shareowner resolutions on ESG issues. The report also specifically discusses Community Development Financial Institutions, noting that community investment through CDFIs experienced a 47% increase in assets over 2010, and now stands at $61.4 billion. 


Sunrise Community Banks - Manager, Commercial Loan Administration (Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, MN)

Sunrise Community Banks, Minnesota’s Socially Responsible Bank, is searching for a highly motivated individual to join our Loan Administration team! If you are interested in joining one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Workplaces in 2011 and 2012, and be part of a fun and dynamic team, we have the following opportunity available for a Manager of the Commercial Loan division. This position is responsible for leading the Commercial Loan Administration team by directing work functions, assignments, and special projects. Position will complete selective loan documentation review and HMDA worksheet review. The incumbent will ensure the Loan Administration team is compliant with regulation and policy. Full details available here

The Reinvestment Fund - Loan Closer (Philadelphia, PA)
TRF seeks a Loan Closer to support TRF Loan Officers in closing loan transactions and post-closing follow-up. The Loan Closer will coordinate the loan closing, including preparation of the loan closing checklist, engagement of counsel, tracking of legal costs, review of title commitment, collection and review of due diligence items, entering loan information in TRF databases, and reviewing and preparing closing disbursement. The Loan Closer will be responsible for ensuring that loan documents comply with credit approval and credit policy, and will conduct a post-closing review to ensure that all loan-supported collateral documentation is received, filed, and uploaded to TRF’s document management system. Knowledge of construction financing, commercial real estate loan documentation, and title insurance is required. The successful candidate will be extremely detailed oriented, possess strong organizational skills, and have a demonstrated ability to work on multiple transactions simultaneously. This person will have strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to foster productive working relationships and manage high pressure situations. Full details available here
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Deputy Director, Consumer and Community Affairs Branch (Washington, D.C.)
The Deputy Director provides strategic leadership and direction for all programs and functions within the Community and Consumer Affairs Branch of the Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection to ensure such programs are administered effectively and efficiently in accordance with Corporate and Division objectives. Salary reflects a pay cap for this position of $250,000.00. FDIC Executive Managers (EM) are in the Federal competitive service and not the Senior Executive Service. As an EM at the FDIC, you will provide executive leadership and managerial direction over substantive activities related to planning, developing, executing, and coordinating the Corporation's programs and policies. Key requirement: Incumbent may be relocated to any duty location to meet management needs. This position is open from 11/26/12-12/21/12. Full details available here
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco - Community Development Regional Manager (San Francisco, CA)
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is seeking a Community Development Regional Manager to cover Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, self-starter whose portfolio will help shape the development of leading practices that benefit low- and moderate-income communities in this region and beyond. To apply, please go to


The CDBA Newsflash is a service of the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA). For more information on other members and the work of CDBA please visit Or write to us at: 1444 I. Street NW, Suite 201, Washington D.C., 20005 or

Contact Name: Dana Weinstein;; 202-689-8935 x32

CDBA member One PacificCoast Bank seeks a commercial lending relationship manager. As clients' primary contact with the bank, the relationship manager must understand and articulate the mission of One PacificCoast Bank  to clients, prospects and community members. This position is responsible for day-to-day client relationships and business development efforts in order to meet individual performance goals and achieve the bank’s growth objectives. The relationship manager reports to the chief lending officer.

CDBA member Carver Federal Savings Bank has several open positions.

Chief Compliance Officer

The chief compliance officer is responsible for establishing and maintaining the bank’s compliance program. In addition, this position will provide strategic advice on the bank's regulatory and compliance environment, technical guidance on specific compliance matters and supervision of compliance staff.

Senior Director of Technology

The senior director of technology provides overall vision, leadership and hands-on support for developing and implementing technology initiatives and solutions. This position will be accountable for technology vision and leadership, technology management and line of business support.

Fraud Prevention Officer

The fraud prevention officer is responsible for developing, implementing and administering all aspects of the bank's fraud prevention programs. This position acts as a liaison between bank personnel and law enforcement authorities when responding to fraudulent or other criminal activity.

CDBA Member Industrial Bank seeks a risk management associate to provide support to the Compliance and Legal Department. This position will assist managers in operational, enterprise and regulatory risk management programs. The associate's responsibilities involve the implementation and maintenance of the risk management framework including business unit requirements, effective internal control processes and self-monitoring practices.

CDBA member Carver Federal Savings Bank seeks a passionate and dedicated CRA officer and social impact manager. This position is responsible for monitoring, promoting and reporting on the bank's social impact. This role's critical responsibilities include implementing and administering the bank's Community Reinvestment Act program, assisting with social impact reporting and assisting with the design, planning and execution of community development partnerships and activities.

Nonprofit organization Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago seeks a director of lending services responsible for leading the overall mortgage lending efforts of its CDFI affiliate Neighborhood Lending Services, Inc. The director of lending services develops sales production goals, assigns target sales objectives for the various mortgage loan products and meets production goals.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston seeks a senior community development analyst to coordinate outreach and implementation of the Working Cities Challenge in Massachusetts. This position works with community development organizations to design and implement future rounds of the challenge and support teams with coaching, technical assistance and capacity building. This role engages in a variety of relationship-building activities, including hosting meetings, conferences and trainings.