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The 2009 Rhode Island Financial Services Symposium: “Fueling the Financial Services Engine”

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FDIC Vice Chairman Martin Gruenberg to Deliver Keynote Address

The University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration will host the 2009 Financial Services Symposium Tuesday, April 7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Open to the public, the symposium will examine the financial services industry’s role as a major contributor to Rhode Island’s economy, discuss significant industry trends and address “Fueling the Financial Services Engine,” this year’s theme. The event will serve as a forum for members of academia, the business community and government to form partnerships that will develop and sustain the industry’s long-term growth.

The event will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 8 a.m. from Governor Donald L. Carcieri, URI President Robert Carothers and URI Business Administration Dean Mark Higgins. The morning’s keynote speaker will be Steven Gresham, senior vice president of Fidelity Investments. The afternoon’s keynote speaker will be Martin Gruenberg, FDIC vice chairman. There will also be two roundtable discussions involving company executives, economic policy advisers, community business leaders, government regulators and others throughout the morning. Tickets are $50 prior to April 6 at noon, or $60 at the door. Registration includes lunch and refreshments.

Sponsors include Fidelity Investments, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, MetLife Auto & Home, Amica Mutual Insurance Company, RI Economic Development Corporation and Sovereign Bank. To register or view a schedule, visit www.cba.uri.edu/fss or call the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce at (401) 521-5000.