MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 2,000 community bankers from small midwestern towns took a walk in time.

They met at the Minneapolis Convention Center to see the community bank of the future, a 6,000 square-foot working model. It featured a modular vault with stainless steel fixtures for easy maintenance; an executive conference room equipped with a boardroom table that can easily be divided into individual workstations; and a video conferencing system that allows officers to hold meetings with people outside the bank.

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