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ICBA Supports House Passage of SAFE Banking Act

Apr 19, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement on the bipartisan House passage of the H.R. 1996, which would establish a safe harbor from federal sanctions for financial institutions that serve cannabis-related businesses in states where cannabis is legal.

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ICBA Supports House Passage of SAFE Banking Act

Apr 19, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement on the bipartisan House passage of the H.R. 1996, which would establish a safe harbor from federal sanctions for financial institutions that serve cannabis-related businesses in states where cannabis is legal.

ICBA Advances Community Banking Policy Priorities

Apr 19, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today released its legislative and regulatory priorities to help these local lenders continue to meet the needs of local communities.

ICBA, Coalition Oppose New Restrictions on Fannie, Freddie

Apr 7, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and other financial, mortgage, and civil rights groups today are calling on the Treasury Department and Federal Housing Finance Agency to delay and withdraw new product restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

ICBA Bancard Hires Vice President, Project Manager

Apr 6, 2021
ICBA Bancard, the payments services subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America, today announced Malallai “Mal” Zalmai as vice president, project manager.

ICBA Urges Hearings Following Largest-Ever Credit Union-Bank Acquisition

Apr 1, 2021
Following the announcement of the largest-ever credit union purchase of a community bank, the ICBA today renewed its call for policymakers to investigate the growing trend of tax-exempt credit unions acquiring taxpaying community banks.

ICBA, Community Banks Promote Financial Literacy in April

Apr 1, 2021
ICBA and community banks nationwide are celebrating Financial Literacy Month in April and encouraging Americans to take control of their financial future by learning fiscally responsible habits and putting these lessons into practice.

ICBA Celebrates the Nation’s Community Banks During Community Banking Month

Apr 1, 2021
This month, ICBA pays tribute to community banks for their ongoing contributions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a new video series, which highlights the unmatched role community banks served in supporting their small business customers through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Valerie Utsey Joins ICBA as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mar 31, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America today announced that Valerie Utsey has joined the association as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

ICBA to NCUA: Don't Deregulate For-Profit Entities

Mar 25, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today called on the National Credit Union Administration to withdraw a proposal to dramatically deregulate corporate entities the regulator is not authorized to supervise.

ICBA Thanks Congress for Extending PPP

Mar 25, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America today thanked Congress for passing ICBA-advocated legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program ahead of its March 31 expiration.

ICBA and The Venture Center Reveal New Set of Fintech Solutions Tailored to Community Banks

Mar 24, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America and The Venture Center, in partnership with the State of Arkansas, today hosted the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Virtual Demo Day.

ICBA: Community Banks Proudly Serve Rural America

Mar 23, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the nation’s community banks are celebrating the contributions of America’s local farmers, ranchers and agricultural enterprises during National Ag Day.

BPI, ABA, ICBA Urge OCC to Withdraw Bank Premises Proposal Amid Uncertain Post-Pandemic Office Reality

Mar 23, 2021
BPI, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America sent a joint comment letter calling on the OCC to withdraw its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on National Bank and Federal Savings Association Premises.

ICBA Supports Bill to Establish Cannabis Banking Safe Harbor

Mar 18, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America today expressed support for bipartisan legislation that would establish a safe harbor from federal sanctions for financial institutions that serve cannabis-related businesses in states where cannabis is legal.

ICBA Supports Bill Offering Tax Relief for Rural Lending

Mar 17, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America today said it strongly supports the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act to support farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners.

ICBA ThinkTECH Showcase Spotlights Innovative Community Bank Solutions

Mar 12, 2021
ICBA, in partnership with The Venture Center, will host the ICBA ThinkTECH Showcase — a virtual event to unveil the latest technological solutions of the 2021 ThinkTECH Accelerator cohort.

New York State Banker Elected ICBA Chairman​

Mar 10, 2021
Robert M. Fisher, president and CEO of Tioga State Bank in Spencer, N.Y., was elected chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America for 2021-22.

ICBA Announces 2021-22 Executive Committee

Mar 10, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America today announced the election of its 2021-22 Executive Committee in conjunction with ICBA Connect, a virtual community banking event.

New ICBA Chairman to Community Banks: Get Engaged to Drive Positive Change

Mar 10, 2021
Incoming ICBA Chairman Robert Fisher encouraged community banks attending ICBA Connect to exercise their political capital — gained through dedicated service to customers and communities — to help enact meaningful policies that benefit local communities.

ICBA to Congress: Don't Leave PPP Applicants Stranded

Mar 10, 2021
The approaching Paycheck Protection Program expiration date should not leave small businesses or nonprofits stranded, the Independent Community Bankers of America today told Congress.

ICBA’s Romero Rainey: We Are More Powerful Collectively When We are Empowered Individually

Mar 9, 2021
ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey today reminded community bankers attending ICBA Connect that every challenge is an opportunity to leverage their collective strength, advance policy priorities, and be a unifying force that benefits local communities nationwide.

ICBA Kicks off 2021 National Convention

Mar 9, 2021
Starting today, community bankers and industry leaders from across the nation will convene for the 2021 Independent Community Bankers of America national convention.

ICBA Expands Preferred Service Provider Relationship with QwickRate to include its IntelliCredit Offering

Mar 4, 2021
The ICBA today announced that its Preferred Service Provider relationship with QwickRate LLC now includes its IntelliCredit loan review and credit intelligence solutions, which are designed to help community banks better detect and manage credit risk.

Community Bankers to Convene for ICBA Connect

Mar 2, 2021
The Independent Community Bankers of America announced a first-of-its kind team-focused virtual banking conference designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s community banks.

ICBA Encourages Americans to Celebrate Saving

Feb 23, 2021
During America Saves Week, the Independent Community Bankers of America reminds consumers that building a nest egg can help alleviate stress and provide additional financial security during times of uncertainty.