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2019 Events

33rd Annual Economic Outlook Symposium

December 13, 2019

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14th Community Bankers Symposium

The conference consisted of presentations on current industry developments and key bank supervision issues, and provided an opportunity for attendees to have a dialogue on areas of supervisory focus, the banking environment, and regulatory updates.

November 22, 2019

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Annual Agricultural Conference: Improving Midwest Agriculture and the Environment

On November 20, 2019, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference to examine environmental issues related to Midwest agriculture, with a particular focus on conservation practices. Experts from academia, industry, and policy institutions gathered to discuss the connections between midwestern agriculture, the environment, and the regional economy. The goals of the conference included understanding the impacts of agriculture and conservation practices on the health of populations and their surroundings; analyzing farming policies that affect natural resources; and exploring how environmental considerations may affect the financing and sustainability of agriculture, which has generally been less profitable in recent years.

November 20, 2019

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Preserving Chicago's Middle Neighborhoods

Chicago is experiencing the loss of its traditional middle class minority neighborhoods as they either rapidly gentrify or decline. The goal of this forum was to address challenges affecting middle class communities of color, and to offer up actionable ideas to support these communities, particularly those on the south and west sides of Chicago.

November 15, 2019

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Addressing Land Contracts through Research, Policy, and Practice: A Housing Symposium

This convening highlighted the latest research, policy developments, and programs responding to the use of land contracts, with a focus on Detroit and Flint. The research included recent data on Detroit’s housing market, the places and people affected by land contract lending, and a historical analysis of predatory land contract lending to black homebuyers in Chicago. Policymakers discussed responses to protect consumers and to revitalize housing markets. Community development practitioners sharee knowledge of effective programs to provide safe pathways to homeownership and to support individuals affected by contract lending.

October 29, 2019

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Fed Listens: Monetary Policy’s Impact on Workers and Their Communities

October 17, 2019

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Economic Development Forum — Milwaukee

This forum featured updates from two key departments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Economic Research and Supervision & Regulation.

October 16, 2019

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Nineteenth Annual Chicago Payments Symposium

The payments industry is going through some exciting changes! The Chicago Payments Symposium is the event to engage and collaborate in cutting edge payments topics. 

October 15-16, 2019

Community Development Finance in Smaller Markets

The objectives for this event were to provide an overview of CDFIs and their role; inform current conversations and interests of municipal and regional organizations aspiring to form a CDFI or increase community development investment; introduce the CDFI Friendly City™ Model utilized in two Indiana municipal regions; and identify next steps to pursue at the local or regional level.

September 25, 2019

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Forging a New Path for North American Trade: The Auto Sector

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference on North American Trade. The objective was to discuss current trade issues and policies as they relate to the auto industry.

September 4-5, 2019

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Business Smart Week — Detroit

This year’s Business Smart Week in Detroit focused on the value of Certification and the power of partnerships and collaboration in generating revenue for your business.

July 18-19, 2019

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Business Smart Week — Chicago

This year’s Business Smart Week in Chicago focused on “smart growth strategies for diverse suppliers” that include understanding the business case for corporate supplier diversity, defining your value proposition, managing the contract after the award, technology enablement strategies, partnering and teaming growth strategy testimonials.

July 15-17, 2019

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Fed Listens: Conference on Monetary Policy Strategy, Tools & Communication Practices

Featuring sessions that included overviews by academic experts of themes that are central to the review, including the FOMC’s monetary policy since the financial crisis, assessments of the maximum sustainable level of employment, alternative policy frameworks and strategies to achieve the dual mandate, policy tools, global considerations, financial stability considerations, and central bank communications. Other sessions featured panels of community leaders who shared their perspectives on the labor market and the effects of interest rates on their constituencies. All conference sessions and panels are available to view.

June 4-5, 2019

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26th Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium

The 26th Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium was held at the Detroit Branch. This year's topics included near-term automotive outlook and automotive labor developments.

May 31, 2019

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Unlocking the Box: Best Practices for Financing Illinois' Infrastructure

The Civic Federation, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, presented a half-day conference on the subject of financing Illinois’ Infrastructure.

April 5, 2019

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Conference on Central Counterparty (CCP) Risk Management

This article summarizes the first joint conference on Central Counterparty (CCP) Risk Management by the Chicago Fed, European Central Bank, and Deutsche Bundesbank, held in Frankurt, Germany, on February 27. The conference drew more than 170 participants from financial services firms, regulatory bodies, and academia from many parts of the world.

February 27, 2019

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Automotive Insights Conference

U.S. light vehicle sales will likely exceed 17.0 million for the fourth year in a row. However during 2018 there has been a lot of uncertainty added to the industry. These issues and more were discussed at the 2019 Automotive Insight Conference.

January 10, 2019

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