MSRB to Host Outreach Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia

Date: April 22, 2011

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
             (703) 797-6600


Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today it will host an education and outreach event for Atlanta-area municipal market professionals on June 14, 2011. The event will provide an opportunity for market professionals to learn about the MSRB’s expanded mission and jurisdiction, the development of rules and professional qualifications for municipal advisors and ongoing municipal securities dealer rulemaking.

Industry professionals—including municipal entities, investors, dealers and municipal advisors—can attend educational sessions. These sessions will provide information about the MSRB’s expanded mission to protect municipal entities, the development of professional qualifications for municipal advisors, and municipal advisor and dealer rulemaking.

The Atlanta seminar will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2011, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. View the event agenda.

This seminar is open to all members of the municipal securities community. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Tina Hanachi at For the concurrent sessions at 2:30 p.m., please indicate which session you would like to attend.

Consistent with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as of October 1, 2010, the MSRB’s mission includes the protection of state and local government entities and others whose credit stands behind municipal bonds. The MSRB also now oversees municipal advisors that provide advice to these entities on a range of municipal securities or investment-related matters and that solicit certain business from these entities on behalf of others. This oversight is in addition to the MSRB’s existing regulation of banks and securities firms that engage in municipal securities business.

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.