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EDINBURG, Texas — At Treasury’s Southwest Regional Conference on Reaching Unbanked People, NCUA Chairman JoAnn Johnson and other government officials took the stage to share consumer-oriented best practices.

The conference, which also featured U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral; Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Iannicola Jr.; staff from the office of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) and other government officials, was comprised of a variety of financial literacy events. The conference, held at the University of Texas-Pan American in a rural and immigrant community in South Texas, highlighted best practices in helping families take control of their finances, save for retirement, and understand the importance of establishing credit. It is estimated that 23% of families–two times the national average–living in rural Mexican border communities are unbanked.

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