Cascade Bancorp was formed in 1990 and is a publicly traded bank holding company. The Bancorp conducts its business activities through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of the Cascades. The Bank is an Oregon state chartered bank which operates more 28 branches serving communities in Central, Southern and Northwest Oregon, as well as in the greater Boise/Treasure Valley, Idaho area. It offers commercial and retail banking services to its customers. It lends to small to medium-sized businesses, municipalities and public organizations, professional and consumer relationships. It also provides commercial real estate loans, real estate construction and development loans, commercial and industrial loans as well as consumer installment, line-of-credit, credit card, and home equity loans. It originates residential mortgage loans that are sold on the secondary market. The Bank provides consumer deposit services with a suite of cash management services. It also provides trust-related services to its clients. The Bank competes principally with other commercial banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, mortgage companies, brokers, and other non-bank financial services providers. It is subject to a number of state and federal legislative regulations which include, among others, the statutory maximum legal lending rates, domestic monetary policies of the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Department of Treasury fiscal policy, and capital adequacy and liquidity constraints imposed by federal and state regulatory agencies.