Magazine article Independent Banker

We Are One!!!

Magazine article Independent Banker

We Are One!!!

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One of the most enjoyable rewards of serving as ICBA's president and CEO is the opportunity to meet regularly with our nation's talented and dedicated community bankers-many of whom I served with on ICBA committees as a fellow banker. Nobody is closer to our country's economic pulse and creative entrepreneurial spirit than ICBA members. Your feedback is crucial to helping ICBA best represent your interests in the often insular world of our nation's capital.

As thousands of community bankers assemble this month to network, renew longtime friendships and share ideas at the ICBA National Convention and Techworld, it's appropriate to point out that more community banks are gathering under the ICBA banner every day. Despite ongoing consolidation within the financial services industry, the number of ICBA member institutions increased during the past two years. Our membership growth was particularly strong last year.

Why is ICBA's membership increasing? When I talk with community bankers they say word is spreading that ICBA is working harder to serve its members in more constructive and positive ways. Community bankers recognize that ICBA is taking more aggressive action. They hear ICBA speaking out more frequently and with greater urgency on behalf of community banks, concerning issues like the fight to preserve the separation of banking and commerce. They see ICBA providing concrete remedies to problems, such as when we introduced the Communities First Act with our state banking association allies to address your bank's disproportionately heavy tax and regulatory burdens. …

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