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Recent Blog Posts

ICBA Membership Is A Workplace Perk

Aug 16, 2019
ICBA's Lindsay LaNore discusses the importance of leveraging ICBA membership for additional networking and learning opportunities.

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0: The Innovation Journey Continues

Aug 14, 2019
ICBA's Kevin Tweddle discusses the launch of ThinkTECH 2.0, which builds on the momentum of its inaugural accelerator program in search of the next crop of fintech breakouts to help solve today's business challenges and create future opportunities.

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Finalists Team Up

Aug 7, 2019
ICBA's Kevin Tweddle provides an update on ThinkTECH alumni collaborations in support of broader adoption and a more seamless user experience.

Main Street Victory on Faster Payments

Aug 5, 2019
After years of ICBA-led advocacy on behalf of a real-time payments system that ensures access and choice for community banks, the Federal Reserve has announced that it will build a real-time gross settlement service.

Battling Synthetic Identity Fraud

Jul 30, 2019
ICBA's Jeremy Dalpiaz discusses the fastest-growing type of financial crime in the U.S.—synthetic identity fraud—and offers tips to help community banks fight back.

How the Fed Can Stop a Megabank Monopoly

Jul 25, 2019
A Fed-operated real-time settlement system is needed to ensure universal access and to promote future payments innovations.

Community Banks Are Standing Up for Rural America

Jul 22, 2019
The nation's community banks are bolstering their farm lending—demonstrating once again why policymakers should work to strengthen community banks, which stick with their customers and communities in good times and bad.

With Volcker Rule Exemption, S. 2155 Relief Continues

Jul 12, 2019
As advocated by ICBA since the Volcker Rule was first proposed a decade ago, this additional source of regulatory burden no longer applies to the vast majority of community banks.

Six Essential Questions for Evaluating Bank Innovation

Jul 11, 2019
ICBA's Kevin Tweddle suggests critical questions bankers should ask when developing their innovation strategy.

Community Banks: Independent and Resilient

Jul 3, 2019
As we celebrate our nation’s founding, let's remember the independent spirit that birthed our country and continues among thousands of independently owned and operated community banks.