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SC Association for Community Economic Development announces Tom Barkin as a keynote speaker at 24th Annual Conference

CRBR Biz Wire //October 2, 2023//

SC Association for Community Economic Development announces Tom Barkin as a keynote speaker at 24th Annual Conference

CRBR Biz Wire //October 2, 2023//

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is proud to announce Tom Barkin, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (“Richmond Fed”), as a keynote speaker for its annual conference, Opportunity SC: 2023. The 24th annual conference is the largest comprehensive community development convention and forum in South Carolina.

Barkin is a leader in monetary policy, bank supervision and technology. He serves on the Fed’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee, and is also responsible for bank supervision and the Federal Reserve’s technology organization. He is “on the ground” continually in the Fed’s Fifth District, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland. His engagement in the region has brought real attention to areas facing economic challenges.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Barkin was a senior partner and CFO at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, where he also oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States. He earned his bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from Harvard University.

“I look forward to being a part of Opportunity SC: 2023 and sharing my perspectives on the economy and labor market,” said Barkin. “Thank you to SCACED for hosting this event and for continuing to advance community development in South Carolina.”

The conference, which will take place from October 4 to 6 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will expose attendees to integrated, innovative and sustainable solutions for low‐wealth communities across the state and region. Over the past 20 years, the Opportunity SC Conference has welcomed more than 5,000 attendees, representing almost every county in the state.

“We are honored to have Tom Barkin as a keynote speaker for Opportunity SC: 2023. His insights and expertise will inspire and inform our attendees as they explore ways to improve the lives and livelihoods of low-income communities in South Carolina and beyond,” said Bernie Mazyck, President & CEO of SCACED.
Opportunity SC: 2023 is open to anyone interested in community development, including nonprofit leaders, government officials, bankers, developers, foundations and community leaders.

About SCACED (
SCACED is a coalition of more than 200 partners and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. For over 25 years, SCACED and its members have worked collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents including a focus on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream. Learn more about SCACED here.