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The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish.

With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties.

Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America.

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American Banker
Relief for underwater homeowners will be different this time, lenders say

American Banker
Promontory Interfinancial adds two industry veterans to its board

American Banker
How Citi is helping a minority-owned bank get back on its feet

American Banker 
Promontory Interfinancial adds two industry veterans to its board

American Banker
April wave of missed payments could upend mortgage servicers

American Banker
A comeback for a crisis-era small business loan program?

American Banker
Virus focus further dashes banks’ hopes of pot banking, AML reform

American Banker
Calls to cease non-coronavirus rulemaking grow louder

American Banker
NCUA extends comment period for credit union-bank purchase proposal

Independent bankers have fighter at the wheel in Noah Wilcox

Banking Dive
FDIC to issue proposed rulemaking on ILCs at next board meeting

Banking Dive
Regulators urge banks to offer responsible small-dollar loans

Banking Exchange
ABA and Trade Groups Lobby for Rule Changes, Delays

Small-Business Relief Is Already Hobbled by a Sprawling Bureaucracy

Business Insider
Square finally gained FDIC approval for a banking license, and it will likely focus on SMB offerings

Merger Madness: Are credit union – bank mergers just plain wrong?

CU Today
Community Bankers Kick off Annual Meeting Saying Congress is Hearing Their Message About Credit Unions

Dodd Frank
ICBA president preaches collective work

Fintech News
8 Undiscovered, Early Stage Fintech Startups from the US to Watch out for in 2020

Housing Wire
Will rock-bottom interest rates lead to higher mortgage fees?

Dodd Frank
Sullivan joins ICBA as VP, congressional relations

Finance Magnates
Agora Services Eying to Raise $2 Million Before Roll Out

Fintech Futures
Agora Services lands $2m in seed funding

Community banks can make a difference together says ICBA leader

Meeting of the Minds
The Blueprint for Community Business Success

Morning Consult
Regulators Weigh Opening Up Banks to Small-Dollar Lending Amid Pandemic

Morning Star 
Bank of Zachary Partners with Teslar Software to Grow Commercial Lending

Morning Star 
KlariVis Continues to Build Momentum

News to Watch
Will Rock-Bottom Interest Rates Lead To Higher Mortgage Fees?

Pioneer Journal
Prairie Business Magazine announces its '25 Top Women in Business' for 2020

Villains of 2008 try to be the saviors of 2020

Washington quietly prepares a bank rescue — just in case

SNL Financial
Fed takes actions to improve market liquidity; FDIC approves 2 industrial banks Extra

Washington Ag
Farmers, Rural Businesses, Brace for a Possible Recession

Yahoo Finance
Regulator open to allowing non-bank companies to build banking business

Arkansas Democrat Gazette 
Global plan for startups in second year; Venture Center chief says Little Rock growing as financial hub

American Banker 
6 takeaways from bank M&A in 2019 

CorTrust’s Jack Hopkins is building for the future

Daily Iowegian 
The largest single beneficiary of Trump’s tariff payments? An alternative farm lender. 

Talk Business & Politics 
Venture Center kicks off second Independent Community Bankers of America fintech program

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette 
Banking program caters to startups 

Arkansas Business Online 
Metroplan Report: Fintech Helping Region Grow

CU Today 
Bank Group Tells Congress ‘Unpaid Taxes’ By CUs Being Used to Buy Banks, Pay Million-Dollar Salaries

American Banker 
Regulators' powerful incentive to fast-track CRA reform 

Farm bankruptcies hit nine-year high; impact of higher debt cap remains unclear

Arkansas Democrat Gazette 
Venture Center program pitches LR to financial technology leaders

American Banker 
GOP lawmaker's bill would repeal small-business loan rules 

Rome News Tribune 
Chris Hunt joins Greater Community Bank as chief financial officer 

Ada News 
Citizens Bank announces recent promotions 

8 ways to make your money greener

S&P Global
Visa's $5.3B acquisition of Plaid seen boosting bank-fintech partnerships 

Banking Dive
Colorado regulator denies credit union's bid to buy bank 

Australian Trade and Investment Commission
CRiskCo finds receptive new market in Australia

Vista Bank Among 5 U.S. Banks named to ICBA’s Independent Banker Inaugural Class of Best Community Banks to Work For 

American Banker article
Gene Ludwig, Chip Mahan launch $545M fund for bank-friendly fintechs  
CFPB Weighs Changes to Qualified Mortgage Debt-to-Income Rules

American Banker
Industry to Crapo: Detach pot banking from public health debate

Reverse Mortgage Daily
FHA Appoints New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Single Family Housing

The Daily Sentinel
Biz Buzz: Above All Window Cleaning and Services moves

Dodd Frank Update
CRA reform could take many shapes

The Financial Revolutionist 
FIS Launches New Banking Platform to Improve Customer Experience

Unicameral Update
Bill aims to protect vulnerable adults, seniors

Little Rock Culture Vulture 
Clinton School programs for this week and February highlight history, theatre, entrepreneurship and social change

The Industry Spread
25 New Firms Transition to FDX’s Modern Data Sharing Standard

Meridian Star
Great Southern Bank announces promotions

American Banker
ICBA urges Congress to crack down on CU-bank deals

CU Journal
Industry to Crapo: Detach pot banking from public health debate

Crowdfund Insider  
Financial Data Exchange Announces 25 New Members Including Ally, Discover, MassMutual, & TransUnion

CU Today 
ICBA Wants Congressional Hearings on CU Acquisitions of Banks; CUNA Sends Letter to Congress

Ouachita Citizen  
NLEP announces 2020 board of directors, officers

NY Times 
The Fed Wants to Loosen Rules Around Big Banks and Venture Capital

CU Journal
ICBA to Congress: Stop credit union bank deals or level the playing field

CU Today
Financial Data Exchange Adds 25 New Members

Louisiana Bankers Association 
LBA Holds Annual Government Relations Grassroots Council Meeting

American Banker
ICBA urges Congress to crack down on CU-bank deals

American Banker 
Community banks need reg relief that is more than skin deep

American Banker
California governor to fintechs: Forget Utah. Be an ILC here.

American Banker
Banks are worried about NCUA’s new sub debt rule. Should they be?

American Banker 
Tearing up CFPB’s mortgage underwriting rule is the easy part

American Banker
Credit union-bank M&A has slowed. Is it a trend, or just a pause?

Arkansas Business
FI Works Hopes to Leverage Its Participation in Accelerator

FIS Launches New Banking Platform to Improve Customer Experience

Bank Beat
Regulators back off on hemp requirements

Banking Dive
Vote on pot banking bill is months away, Sen. Gardner says

Banking Dive
Survey: More than half of consumers would try fintech over traditional banks

BCR News 
Kim McKee selected by board to be next president, CEO of North Central Bank

City Limits
Hopes for Improving Anti-Redlining Law Take a Backseat to Saving It

Consumer Affairs 
The Federal Reserve wants to relax investment rules for banks

Credit Union Journal
Bankers to Congress: Turn up the heat on CUs during Hill visits

CU Insight 
Berger letter to lawmakers pushes back against community bankers

CU Times
Community Bankers Like Selling to Credit Unions, CUNA Argues in New 'White Paper'

CU Today 
GAC: The Climate Change of Credit Unions

CU Today
Bankers’ Booklet Wants Congress to Ask Hard Questions of Hill-Hikers As…

CU Today
…CUNA Provides Guide on How to Respond to Questions About CUs Buying Banks

Daily American
Somerset Trust opens five more locations

Front Porch News
Thomas Sellers, President And Chief Executive Officer Of Alliance Bank, Elected Independent Bankers Association Of Texas (IBAT) Secretary-Treasurer

Green Bay Press Gazette
Nicolet Bank to expand south to Milwaukee suburbs with acquisition of Commerce State Bank

High Plains Journal 
Rural Mainstreet Index begins 2020 on strong footing

Ability to Repay

Mike Malatesta Podcast
Joe Fazio, CEO, Making Money Work for You with the Rule of 72 – Episode 83

Montana Independent Community Bankers
MIB 2020 Convention Speakers

Mortgage News Daily
Broker, Sales, Processing Products; Coast-to-Coast Training and Events

Nevada Business 
Banking on Nevada A New Decade is Dawning

Owego Pennysaver
Robert M. Fisher nominated as Chairman-elect of Independent Community Bankers of America

Policy Perspectives
Understanding the Community Reinvestment Act and its modernization proposals

S&P Global 
Bankers overlook distaste for credit unions when looking to sell

S&P Global
California encouraging ILC charters as fintechs increasingly seek bank charters

S&P Global Market Intelligence
Banks wary of rule change that could give nonbank mortgage lenders FHLB access

The Daily News
Obituary: Charles “Bud” VanArsdale

U.S. News 
How Long Does It Take to Get a Loan? 

Wisconsin Bankers Association
Global plan for startups in second year; Venture Center chief says Little Rock growing as financial hub

Wisconsin Bankers Association 
Mortgage Bonds Keep Gaining Fans: Community Banks Add Weighting to Loan Surrogates

Yahoo Finance
Wolters Kluwer Experts to Speak on Compliance Issues at ICBA, CBA National Conferences

Oct. 29: Ondot aims to give smaller banks 'Apple Card-like' success with Card App - Banking Dive 

Oct. 28: Shell-company bill drives wedge between banking, small business - American Banker

Oct. 28: Fate of controversial US fintech charter could lie with Supreme Court - S&P Global

Oct. 25: ICBA Arms Banks With Tools to Fight Credit Unions on Local Level - Credit Union Times

Oct. 24: 14 years after Walmart, banks face a new ILC bogeyman - American Banker 

Oct. 21: Bankers' Group's New Campaign Wants Congress to 'Wake Up' to 'Risky, Tax-Subsidized' Credit Unions - CU Today

Oct. 21: High court decision to take up CFBP challenge spurs praise by industry, calls for commission - Regulatory Review

Oct. 21: ICBA plans major offensive in fight against credit unions - American Banker

Oct. 20: ‘It’s not like she hates lobbyists’: Warren’s Senate record doesn’t match her campaign rhetoric - Politico

Oct. 16: Banks try new tack in clash with credit unions over military bases - American Banker

Oct. 16: House of Representatives Passes Bill Aimed at Marijuana Industry Financial Reforms - Corruption, Crime and Compliance blog

Oct. 15: Bank Group Execs Call for End to CU ‘Monopoly’ In Op-Ed - CU Today

Oct. 14: The next Elizabeth Warren? How Katie Porter is shaking up House banking panel - American Banker

Oct. 14: Real-Time Decisions for Real-Time Payments - Bank Director

Oct. 13: As financial groups push SAFE Banking Act, barriers to serving marijuana firms remain - MiBiz

Oct. 7:  Building a real estate team/system that complements real estate investing, despite being stationed elsewhere - Military Dollar

Oct. 4: Fannie and Freddie get to keep their earnings. Now what? - American Banker

Oct. 4: Senate pot banking bill may add weapon to fight money launderers - American Banker

Oct. 3: Impeachment fight derailing banking bills? Think again - American Banker 

Oct. 2: Nearing finish line, fight for cannabis banking bill shifts to the Senate - The Hill

Oct. 1: The Evolution of the Bank on the Street Corner - Payments Journal

Dec. 30: 6 Easy Steps to an Efficient, Well-Organized Life - StyleBlueprint 

Dec. 22: Will Congress do anything about credit unions buying banks?  - American Banker 

Dec. 17: When it comes to bills and receipts, are you Team Paper or Team Digital? - Washington Post

Dec. 16: House Ag subcommittee holds credit hearing - The Fence Post

Dec. 13: Uh-Oh, Banker Arguments Are Gaining Traction on Capitol Hill - Credit Union Times

Dec. 12: Community Bankers Remain Concerned About Rural Economic Conditions - Oklahoma Farm Report

Dec. 12: FDIC bid to overhaul anti-redlining law sparks protest by Waters - Politico

Dec. 12: The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2019  - The Hill

Dec. 11: Treading Carefully In Housing Finance Reform - Bank Director

Dec. 11: Four ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Participants Receive AFT Grants - Arkansas Money & Politics 

Dec. 11: Can I Get a Home Improvement Loan With No Equity? - US News

Dec. 11: Is Congress spoiling for another fight over ILCs? - American Banker

Dec. 10: NCUA's Hood defends credit union growth during House hearing  - Banking Dive

Dec. 10: Bankers' Group Calls On NCUA to 'Withdraw, Redraft' FOM Proposal - CU Today

Dec. 10: Credit Union Trade Groups Endorse FOM Changes - Credit Union Times

Dec. 10: Credit unions prevail over banks in battle for military base access - American Banker

Dec. 5: ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 Kicks Off in January 2020 - Arkansas Money & Politics 

Dec. 5: ICBA Endorses Harper’s Consumer Protection Proposal - Credit Union Times

Dec. 4: Payments Guru Mentors and Inspires - BankBeat

Nov. 21: FHA: MMI Fund, reverse mortgages improving - Dodd Frank Update

Nov. 21: 1 big thing: Minority-owned banks are disappearing - Axios Markets

Nov. 19: One Issue Bringing Democrats and Republicans Together? Banning Big Tech From Banking - Fortune

Nov. 19: What the SAFE Banking Act means for Alabama banks and the cannabis business - Birmingham Business Journal

Nov. 19: Congress can fix legal marijuana business banking problem  - The Washington Times

Nov. 18: Bankers Group Backs Bill Closing Loophole on ‘Shadow Banking’ CU Today

Nov. 18: Senate bill challenges industrial loan company 'loophole' - Banking Dive

Nov. 18: Is time running out to save black-owned banks? - American Banker

Nov. 18: Credit unions' tax-exempt status unfair - The Eastern New Mexico News

Nov. 18: In partisan D.C., House banking panel flips the script - American Banker

Nov. 13: Nelnet revives effort to start its own bank - Lincoln Journal Star 

Nov. 12: García bills would derail tech's financial ambitions - Politico

Nov. 8: More Tax Cuts? Probably Not - Credit Union Times

Nov. 8: Rate cap relief from FDIC doesn't go far enough, banks say - American Banker

Nov. 8: What First-Time Homebuyers Should Know About Closing Costs - US News

Nov. 7: Credit union growth shown to outpace banks - Journal of Business Online

Nov. 6: Troubled Fintech Charter: How More Delays Impact Competitive Situation - The Financial Brand

Nov. 6: How Fintech Changes the Game for Community Banks and their Customers - CFO Tech Outlook

Nov. 4: Where do you bank? - Hudson Valley One

Sept. 5: Community bank gains out-pace rest of industry; DIF premium credits earned - BankBeat 

Sept. 6: New financial tool aids digital payment strategies - Financial Regulation News

Sept. 6: Banking & Finance Symposium Educates Future, Current Bankers - Hot Toddy.com

Sept. 9: Cannabis Banking: The Prospects for Legal Protection - Cannabis Business Executive

Sept. 10: 3E Software gets Funding from Community bankers group - Silicon Review 

Sept. 10: Community bankers group invests in Springdale software business - Talk Business & Politics

Sept. 10: JPMorgan Chase's WePay launches same-day deposits - Credit Union Times

Sept 16: Is multiple choice the right way to go on cybersecurity standards?  - American Banker

Sept 17: SBA lenders fear another 7(a) shutdown, press Congress to act  - American Banker

Sept 17: FDIC tries to ease small banks' concerns with capital rule revamp  - American Banker

Sept 17: Marijuana Banking Bill Gains Momentum With One Third Of Senate Now Signed On - Forbes

Sept 24: Banks counting on GSE reform to stop mortgage share erosion  - American Banker

Sept 24: CUs Being ‘Extremely Selfish’ on Military Base Issue, Says Bank Group - CU Today

Sept 25: Marijuana Banking Bill Passes House in Historic Vote - US News & World Report

Sept 25: House passes bill to protect cannabis industry access to banks, credit unions - The Hill 

Sept 25: House Passes Historic Federal Bill to Allow Cannabis Banking - Culture Magazine

Sept 25: What to Know About the Historic SAFE Banking Act Vote Today  - Equities.com

Sept 26: U.S. House of Representatives Passes SAFE Banking Act - The Lex Blog

Sept 26: House OKs landmark cannabis banking bill  - Banking Dive

Sept 26: Banking Groups Urge Senate to Move on Cannabis Financing Reform Bill - ABL Advisor

Sept 26: Fed’s proposal for faster payments raises question of fraud - CQ Roll Call

Sept 27: Congress Presses Fed On Real-Time Payments Plan - PYMNTS

Aug 29: New front opens in fight over Fed's real-time payments network - American Banker

Aug 28: How Fintech Changes the Game for Community Banks and Their Customers – CFO Tech Outlook

Aug 28: CEO DATELINE – ICBA invests in financial software startup - CEO Update

Aug 28: ICBA: Invests in Teslar Software for community banks - FinTech InShorts

Aug 28: ICBA invests in US-based fintech firm Teslar Software - IBS Intelligence

Aug 28: ICBA invests in Teslar Software for community banks - FinTech Futures

Aug 28: Not all small banks willing to wait for Fed's real-time payments launch date - S&P Global Market Intelligence

Aug 27: Teslar Software by 3E Touts ICBA Investment - Arkansas Business

Aug 27: ICBA joins list of banking trade groups backing fintechs - American Banker

Aug 26: 6 banking issues to watch when Congress reconvenes - American Banker

Aug 26: Community banks feel the pressure as credit unions grow - S&P Global

Aug 24: ICBA names CFSB as National Award Recipient for ‘19 National Community Bank Service Awards - Murray Ledger & Times

Aug 23: Long-awaited Volcker Rule changes finalized - Dodd Frank Update

Aug 23: FDIC's deposit rate cap fix gets mixed reviews - Banking Dive

Aug 23: Advocates seek 'unified voice' from regulators on small-dollar loans - Banking Dive

Aug 23: ICBA doubles down urging ILC charter denial - Dodd Frank Update

Aug 22: Simpler national rate cap could help undercapitalized banks compete - S&P Global

Aug 22: Venture Center named finalist for first-ever Finovate Awards to showcase fintech sector - Talk Business & Politics

Aug 20: Lukewarm reception for FDIC plan to ease deposit rate limits - American Banker

Aug 19: Community Bankers’ Fintech Program Sees Accelerating Momentum - Associations Now

Aug 18: Business Glance 8-18-19, 1st Bank Yuma receives national awards - Yuma Sun

Aug 18: Baton Rouge, New Orleans area Business Honors for Aug. 18, 2019 - New Orleans Advocate

Aug 13: Venture Center, LR Chamber launch ‘free office space’ mentoring initiative for local startups - Talk Business & Politics

Aug 13: United States: The Fed's Jump Into Real Time Payments Appears To Be Good News For Community Banks and FinTechs - Mondaq

Aug 13: Morning Money - Politico

Aug 12: Nation’s top community bank trade group to sponsor second fintech accelerator in Little Rock - Talk Business & Politics

Aug 11: CFSB Named National Award Recipient  - West Kentucky Star

Aug 10: The Fed says it will build a real-time interbank payments system - The Economist

Aug 9: Fed developing real-time payments system - Dodd Frank Update

Aug 7: Fed to develop faster payments infrastructure – BankBeat

Aug 7: JPMorgan Chase provides first details of NC expansion, and opens its first branch - Charlotte Observer

Aug 6: The Fed Debuts FedNow - PYMNTS

Aug 5: UPDATE: Fed developing faster payments service to rival big banks' network – S&P Global

Aug 5: Fed to Create Payments System to Speed Money Transfers – The Wall Street Journal

Aug 5: And now, the hard part of the Fed’s path to real-time payments - American Banker

Aug 5: Fed says it will develop faster digital banking system. But Wall Street fears tech incursion - The Washington Post

Aug 5: Fed to offer faster payments system, setting up clash with big banks - Politico

Aug 1: With Community Banks Embracing Tech, Consumers Reap the Benefits - Tech Bullion

Aug 1: New Risks and a New Direction for Real-Time Payments - Remote Deposit Capture

Jul 31: The future of fintech - Crypto Commentary

Jul 30: NCUA Shirking Its Responsibility in Proposed RBC Delay: Bankers - Credit Union Times

Jul 30: OCC's innovation pilot gets little love from banks - American Banker

Jul 30: Bank Groups Raise Objections to Industrial Loan Co. App Filed by E-Commerce Giant - CU Today

Jul 30: Bankers oppose ILC application by ‘Amazon of Japan’ - Dodd Frank Update

Jul 30: ICBA: CFPB on right track to fixing QM – Dodd Frank Update

Jul 29: A GSE plan before the election has risks — but so does doing nothing - American Banker

Jul 29: U.S. tech giants urge Fed to develop real-time payments network; big banks resist – Thomson Reuters

Jul 29: Japanese online merchant Rakuten files for Utah bank charter - Banking Dive

Jul 29: Proposed CECL delay brings relief to some small banks, disappointment for others - S&P Global

Jul 29: SAFE Banking Act Would Protect CRE In Cannabis Deals – BisNow

Jul 29: Opinion: Community banks are standing up for rural America - Eastern Area Courier

Jul 26: Grant Thornton queries auditor attestation on ICFR proposal - Corporate Secretary

Jul 25: More on the Fed and payments - Morning Money

Jul 25: Fiserv-First Data Deal Will Close Monday and other Digital Transactions News briefs form 7/25/19 - Digital Transactions

Jul 25: Lawmakers press Fed on faster payments - Green Sheet

Jul 22 - California's public bank debate pits taxpayer savings against government interference - Banking Dive

Jul 19: Big banks prepare to battle the Fed on faster payments - Politico

Jul 12: Story title: Regulators' effort to ease reporting falls short, small banks say – Banking Dive

Jul 1: Invest Sou Sou Aims to Modernize the Way We Save and Build Credit - Arkansas Money and Politics

Financial Regulation News
Community bankers urge CFPB to identify consequences before issuing rules
April 29, 2019 

High Plains Journal
Farm groups ask for disaster relief while Congress probes flood solutions
Apr 29, 2019

Dodd Frank Update
FASB clarifies CECL amendments in guidance                                     
April 26, 2019     

American Banker
Robinhood angered banks. Now it wants to be one
April 22 2019

Wall Street Journal
Small-Time Crimes a Dealbreaker for Banking Jobs
April 21, 2019

T-Mobile dials into mobile banking
April 19, 2019

National Mortgage Professional Magazine
ICBA Promotes Sherry Larson to SVP, Controller
April 19, 2019

Arkansas Business Online
Community Bankers Tap Accelerator for New Tech
Apr. 15, 2019

Provident Business News
Better Markets report criticizes megabanks for misdeeds
April 15, 2019

American Banker
Small banks say deposit rate cap epitomizes bad regulation
April 10, 2019

CU Today
In Hearing On ‘Megabanks,’ Community Banks Stress Their Role
April 10, 2019

Dodd Frank Update
Expert: CECL ‘pretty much set in stone’
April 09, 2019   

The Journal Gazette
CEO doubts online lending hurts banks
April 07, 2019

American Banker
Are global regulators gunning for big tech?
April 02, 2019

Arkansas Money and Politics
ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator
April 1, 2019



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Washington, D.C.