A community development banking listserv with more than 4,000 subscribers has a new manager.
The Opportunity Finance Network will take over CommunityDevelopmentBanking-L and its LinkedIn group after 17 years under the guidance of its founder, Bill Myers. A longtime credit union executive, Myers was recently appointed director of the small credit unions office at the NCUA.
Myers started the network in 1994 while he was with Alternatives Federal Credit Union, a community development CU in Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell University will continue its hosting services for the listserv, the organizations said.
Community banking and development, loan fund and credit union professionals are among participants who share ideas, resources and at times lively debate on the listserv, on topics such as the banking bailout, financial literacy, micro-enterprises, green banking, homelessness, mortgage foreclosures and subprime lending practices.
In 2010, the CDB-L had 822 postings, including 151 job postings and 69 conference, seminar and training announcements, its managers said.
The OFN is a network of community development professionals and plans to expand the listserv’s offerings, said Mark Pinsky, president/CEO of the Philadelphia-based organization.
"OFN is pleased to become the steward of the CDB-L, which is an important tool, and voice, for the community development industry. We join others in thanking Bill Myers for his vision in creating this open forum and for dedicating 17 years to managing it,” Pinsky said.
Myers said, “The CDB-L and associated LinkedIn group have become vibrant forums, like 18th century artistic salons. As such they require topical maintenance and guidance to stay active. OFN's expertise and capacity will bring knowledge of the field, an interest in furthering discussion, and an exploration of new media to this successful platform for information exchange."