ICBA Community gives community bankers access to peer-to-peer networking and discussion on relevant topics

Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2023)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced the launch of ICBA Community—an online platform that provides professional networking and discussion opportunities exclusively for community bankers.

“As an association established by and for community banks, ICBA has always been committed to identifying avenues to foster member engagement and promote community bankers’ growth and development,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “ICBA Community provides a forum for our members to discuss current and future topics impacting our industry and to exchange meaningful ideas and strategies that will help them run their banks and grow as professionals. We are proud to offer this exciting new member benefit.”

ICBA Community is optimized for mobile experience (Apple and Google) and focused on meeting the needs of community banks in three key areas:

  1. Driving peer-to-peer discussions related to industry news, best practices, laws and regulations, and relevant insights.

  1. Serving as a conduit for peer-to-peer networking and mentorship opportunities, which are optimized in a professional online community designed for such interactions.

  1. Establishing a system of dialogue channels that allows for the collection of community banker feedback, through which members have a voice in guiding ICBA’s future initiatives.

“There is so much to navigate and consider as community banks study the banking landscape and contend with a host of market dynamics and economic conditions,” said ICBA Chairman Derek Williams, president and CEO of Century Bank & Trust in Milledgeville, Ga. “With this new platform, community banks like mine will have another valuable resource to facilitate community banker interactions—helping us learn and grow individually and empowering our collective success.”

ICBA Community's online platform will be actively managed by ICBA and will offer users the ability to create and comment on posts, conduct polls, search content and send direct messages to other ICBA members. ICBA Community is accessible via desktop or mobile device. To learn more and join this exclusive community banker forum, visit community.icba.org or download the native app.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding $5.8 trillion in assets, $4.8 trillion in deposits, and $3.8 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. For more information, visit ICBA's website at www.icba.org.