Community banks serve businesses and consumers throughout the country. The Federal Reserve defines community banking organizations as those with less than $10 billion in assets, and regional banking organizations as those with total assets between $10 billion and $50 billion. Regional and community banking organizations constitute the largest number of banking organizations supervised by the Federal Reserve. In supervising community banks, the Federal Reserve follows a risk-focused approach that aims to target examination resources to higher-risk areas of each bank's operations and to ensure that banks maintain risk-management capabilities appropriate to their size and complexity.

Community Banking Connections is a primary source for information on guidance, resources, and tools that help community banks across the United States.

Partnership for Progress Initiative is a Federal Reserve System program created to preserve and promote minority-owned institutions and enhance their ability to thrive in an increasingly competitive banking environment.

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Last Update: March 10, 2017