San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros and Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers will be among the guests as City of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones welcomes the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition’s (CFE Coalition) Fall Conference to St. Louis. This is the first time St. Louis has played host to the CFE Coalition.
“It’s fitting that the treasurers of San Francisco and Chicago are coming to St. Louis because our three cities have been leading the way on financial empowerment by learning from each other through our membership in the CFE Coalition,” said Treasurer Jones. “As a result, we’ve helped reduce the number of unbanked and underbanked citizens, started college savings accounts, and offered financial empowerment classes designed to help people get on the path to a better future. I look forward to showing off our beautiful city to Treasurers Cisneros and Summers and the rest of the CFE Coalition.”
The conference is scheduled for October 29-31 and includes a welcome reception at the National Blues Museum downtown. Conference sessions will take place at the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, with conference guests also being treated to a private tour of the newly remodeled Gateway Arch.
Conference session topics include innovations and policy considerations in savings and small dollar lending; the impact on student loan debt; and the use of data in financial empowerment.
The CFE Coalition brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country that have begun to use their power and positions to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives. Its 15-member cities representing almost 22 million people have made tangible, measurable commitments to supporting financial empowerment programming, and both teach and learn from one another. The CFE Coalition also leverages its members’ collective power to advance the financial empowerment agenda on a state and national level, including through advocating for key policy priorities.
St. Louis has been a member of the CFE Coalition since 2015.