14th ‘Community Reinvestment Week’ slated for Oct. 3-7

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Zoimé Álvarez-Rubio and Maritza Soto provide details of the Community Reinvestment Week during a press conference Wednesday.

Zoimé Álvarez-Rubio and Maritza Soto provide details of the Community Reinvestment Week during a press conference Wednesday.

The Puerto Rico Bankers Association will host the 14th edition of the Community Reinvestment Week Oct. 3-7, with a series of events under the “Tools for Sustainable Development” theme, organizers said Wednesday.

The celebration represents the “industry’s strong commitment to contribute to improving the quality of life of communities in Puerto Rico, especially those most disadvantaged,” Bankers Association Executive Vice President Zoimé Álvarez-Rubio said.

“This year we have a comprehensive agenda that offer a good variety of workshops and conferences that will be of great benefit to community leaders and representatives of nonprofit organizations that attend. All activities are free and will be aimed at providing, as this year’s motto says, tools, enabling them to achieve viable and sustainable economic development in their communities,” she said.

Activities begin Oct. 3, with an opening event in the Banco Popular building in Old San Juan. The agenda on Oct. 5 will be mainly dedicated to young people and to promote in them the importance of developing a culture of savings and credit early in their lives. Representatives from Puerto Rico’s largest banks will make presentations at different public schools throughout the island that day.

On Oct. 6, a seminar entitled “Impact Investments: Myths and Realities” will address the positive impact of investments and their performance in the markets. It will be held at Oriental Center in Hato Rey. Those interested in participating in this event must register at www.cvent.com/d/bvqlzl.

The keynote and closing event will take place Oct. 7, with a speech by Julio Andrés Rozo, director of the Academy for Sustainable Innovation based in Colombia, entitled “Meeting for Community Economic Development.” The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Centro Europa building in Santurce.

All Community Reinvestment Week workshops and seminars are free, but registration is required to participate, said Maritza Soto-Sánchez, the Bankers Association Community Reinvestment Committee chair.

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