NH Forum on Digital Equity for Financial Inclusion and Empowerment

Thursday, 25 January 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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Thursday, 25 January 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

In this informal Zoom forum, New Hampshire's banking and credit union leaders will learn about the substantial federal investments being made to remove digital divide barriers of all kinds ion New Hampshire over the next five years, and explore together how best these might be leveraged to meet the financial inclusion, literacy and empowerment needs of NH's unbanked and underbanked individuals and families.

A brief panel discussion will provide an overview of digital equity investments coming to NH (e.g., affordable broadband to every street address in the state along with ramping up "digital navigator" training) and their relevance to banks' and credit unions' strategic priorities, followed by Q & A and brainstorming about best next steps to leverage digital equity resources for financial empowerment.

Panelists include:

* Kristy Merrill, executive director, New Hampshire Bankers Association

* Ken Sheldon, New hampshire state president, Bank of America

* Bob McLaughlin, executive director, NCDE


Please note that this January 25th Zoom forum will be followed by an action-planning strand for NH's banking leaders at the NH Leadership Summit on Digital Equity: Strengthening Access to Broadband, Computers and Support at Manchester Community College on March 14, 2025.  Details about the summit will be shared prior to and during this Zoom forum on January 25th.



National Collaborative for Digital Equity


The Weare, NH-based nonprofit National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE, www.digitalequity.us) provides administrative support for Ban On New Hampshire, whose aim is to foster financial inclusion, literacy and empowerment for New Hampshire's banked and underbanked individuals and families. NCDE also co-direct the development of New Hampshire's long-term strategic plan for digital equity in support of economic and educational opportunity, civic engagement, affordable housing, and healthcare access. In this latter role, NCDE seeks to orient New Hampshire's banking leaders to how best they might leverage the substantial wave of federal digital equity funding coming to NH to expand access to Bank On-certified checking accounts, financial literacy, and other financial empowerment goals.

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