Magazine article Independent Banker

Join the Big Event

Magazine article Independent Banker

Join the Big Event

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Mark your calendar! The Washington Policy Summit is taking place April 24-27, when hundreds of community bankers from around the nation will converge in Washington to meet with lawmakers and regulators. It's the community banking industry's biggest grassroots advocacy gathering of the year. Every community banker is welcome to attend and share his or her firsthand perspectives with federal lawmakers and regulators.

There's still time to register and join the event, which appropriately takes place during Community Banking Month.

Can't attend this year? Well, you and your colleagues can still participate and support the industrywide cause from back home.

"Every community banker's voice and perspective are important in influencing the legislative and regulatory process in Washington," says Laura Hawxhurst, ICBA's director of advocacy. "Nothing is more effective than a community banker telling policymakers how a proposed law or regulation would affect his or her bank's customers or operations in the real world."

Here are four things Hawxhurst says every community banker can do to support the industry-whether in Washington or on Main Street-during the Washington Policy Summit.

1Read ICBA's daily newsletter, ICBA NewsWatch Today. The newsletter will be full of valuable, timely information and resources leading up to the conference, during the conference and afterward. It's the best, most comprehensive source for breaking community banking advocacy and news. For more information, visit www. …

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