Public Policy Blog

The latest from Southern Bancorp Community Partners’ Policy Team on issues affecting economic security in our markets and beyond.

Rural Economic Mobility and Wealth Building

Despite the general economic recovery in the United States, income inequality and wealth inequality are expanding.  Perhaps more critically, it is becoming more and more difficult for families with lower wealth or income to achieve upward economic mobility.  These two...

Banking in Rural America: Insight from a CDFI

As a rural community bank and U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI),   Southern is fully aware of the importance of CDFIs in rural markets throughout the country. In our recent paper, Banking in Rural America: Insight from a CDFI,...