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Recent Blog Posts

​Exploring Cyber Solutions with Accelerator Finalist Adlumin

Jan 31, 2019
ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks cyber solutions with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Adlumin. Brian Otteman of High Plains Bank in Flager, Colo., offers observations on fintech finalists' efforts to create right-sized solutions for community bankers.

ICBA Launches Partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation

Jan 30, 2019
ICBA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has been building relationships and improving how Congress functions since 1977.

Accelerating Time-to-Market with the Venture Center Bootcamp

Jan 24, 2019
Meeting The Venture Center team and our 10 finalists inspired me, and I am confident that all community bankers stand to benefit from this ICBA investment in the future. It’s a real gamechanger for our industry.

10 Tips to Expo Like A Pro

Jan 22, 2019
When searching for new vendors or even managing your existing vendor relationships, nothing in the digital realm can quite compare to the personal connections that are forged at trade shows and exhibitor halls via tried and true, face-to-face interaction. ICBA Chief Operating Officer Kevin Tweddle shares some of the tips and tricks he's learned over his 30+ year career to ensure that when you visit your next trade show that you "expo like a pro".

Holding CECL Accountable

Jan 22, 2019
While ICBA continues working to minimize the negative impact of CECL on community banks, we have been instrumental in making significant progress since FASB began proposing an expected-loss impairment model in the wake of the financial crisis.

Community Bankers to Influence ThinkTECH Accelerator Solutions

Jan 17, 2019
The ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator bootcamp has begun! Things are moving quickly, and we’re hard at work helping our 10 finalists develop their products and pitches so they’ll be ready to unveil solutions before the nation’s largest gathering of community bankers at ICBA LIVE® in Nashville on March 18.

Emergency Credit Union Merger Just Another Power Grab

Jan 11, 2019
The only thing “emergency” about the Pentagon Federal Credit Union merger with Progressive Credit Union is the giant alarm it should set off about the latest credit union power grab.

It's Bootcamp Time at The Venture Center

Jan 8, 2019
Kevin Tweddle: For community bankers, innovation is no longer a buzzword—it’s a state of mind.

A New Farm Bill Has Landed

Dec 20, 2018
The adoption of the ICBA-backed legislation is quite remarkable given that community bankers and the agricultural community have been told for most of this year that the most likely outcome would be a one-year extension, thus pushing the legislation’s enactment into the next Congress. Passing a new farm bill is good for American agriculture and for community bankers’ ability to provide credit to support their local economies. Here are a few reasons why.

Assessment Credits Bring a Happy New Year

Dec 18, 2018
With the holidays almost here, community banks recently received some good news that has been years in the making. The FDIC announced that the Deposit Insurance Fund reserve ratio has surpassed 1.35 percent, triggering approximately $750 million in assessment credits for community banks with assets under $10 billion.