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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

A brand new chapter – Impartial Banker

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As we enter a brand new chapter and begin a brand new monetary assertion cycle, know that ICBA shall be there to assist you with instruments, assets and advocacy efforts.

The start of a brand new yr looks like a contemporary begin, a brand new chapter in our tales. We’ve got a clean web page on which we are able to write our narrative over the course of the yr, with new milestones filling the pages forward. And with 2023, we’ve no scarcity of adventures awaiting us.

Contemplate trade evolution. I’m amazed on the tempo of change occurring in all areas of monetary providers, from instantaneous funds to extra digital options and past. This shall be a pivotal yr for embracing new alternatives and exploring how we are able to set ourselves as much as succeed, even with looming challenges.

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The place I’ll be this month

I’ll be holding down the fort at ICBA headquarters, serving to our authorities relations workforce as we welcome new members of Congress and gearing up for ICBA LIVE (March 12–16). Register at present.

And take into consideration the uncertainty of the financial surroundings. It’s a problem to make sure, however it’s one which neighborhood banks have beforehand confronted with power. Time and time once more, you might have demonstrated resiliency within the face of inauspicious monetary circumstances. In reality, that is when neighborhood banks shine, bringing stability to clients just by being relationship bankers who see them and know them. Taking a look at it by way of a unique lens, there’s alternative on this financial local weather: It’s a solution to double down in your strengths and distinctive people-first strategy to banking.

But, amid these exterior influences, you could be asking, “What actions can we take to make sure we’re figuring out the best subsequent step for our financial institution?” That’s the place ICBA can present assist. Whether or not it’s the data that is available in NewsWatch At present or Impartial Banker, convening with different neighborhood bankers to debate methods at ICBA LIVE or proactive engagement with lawmakers on the Capital Summit, we provide alternatives to not simply react however reply to this dynamic surroundings along with your mission and imaginative and prescient on the heart.

We’ve got elevated our choices to assist you and to additional differentiate our trade. For instance, we’ve moved the ThinkTECH Accelerator in-house to make sure year-round innovation programming and discover new fintech companions who’re bringing to market options that reply on to neighborhood financial institution wants. We’re increasing courses and packages supplied by Neighborhood Banker College, and because the authorities relations workforce prepares to welcome new members of Congress to D.C., they’re prepared and excited to inform your story and guarantee your voices are heard.

So, as we enter a brand new chapter and begin a brand new monetary assertion cycle, know that ICBA shall be there to assist you with instruments, assets and advocacy efforts. Collectively, we’ll write our 2023 story, one that can set neighborhood banks up for achievement.

Rebeca Romero Rainey
President and CEO, ICBA
Join with Rebeca @romerorainey

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