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Last Updated: March 22, 2024

FDIC and OCC Host Energizing Collaboration: Southeast Minnesota Economic Development Forum

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will host an economic development forum. This outreach event is an opportunity to bring together the banking community and the economic community in one space to form collaborations and help banks meet their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act. The Southeastern Minnesota region is home to a vibrant network of organizations that foster economic development and access to capital for entrepreneurs. The event will also review innovative economic development practices and success stories for collaborative duplication region-wide.


  • John Wade, President, Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI)
  • Tawonda Burks, Director of Operations Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI)
  • Robert Harris, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA)
  • Dwayne Lee, Director of Business Development, 504 Corporation
  • Kelsea Koch, Senior Compliance Examiner, FDIC
  • Melissa Holman, Community Affairs Officer, OCC
  • Andrew Barbes, Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC  


Thursday, April 18,  2024  from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM CT


RAEDI Economic Development Center 221 First Street SW, Suite 600 Rochester, MN 55902, registration information below. 

Who should attend:

Financial institutions, CDFIs, federal, state and local government, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders who are interested in partnership opportunities to support small business in Minnesota.

Registration Information:

To register online, click REGISTER and fill out the needed information. You will receive a confirmation email once completed.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the event, please email Andrew Barbes at

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