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Social Media
Community Banking Month Twitter Chat Today
ICBA is hosting a Community Banking Month Twitter chat today on what’s next in community banking. The chat will feature a variety of guest tweeters on topics such as emerging leaders and technologies, marketing across generations, and more.

To participate, get on Twitter at 2 p.m. (Eastern time) today and follow the #BankLocally hashtag. More information is on ICBA’s Twitter Chat webpage and in the association’s Twitter Chats 101 and Tweeting for Community Bankers resources.


Service
NerdWallet Announces Community Bank Award Finalists
NerdWallet announced its 2014 Community Banking Local Project Award finalists. Judge Terry Jorde, who is also ICBA senior executive vice president and chief of staff, selected the following finalists:
  • The Provident Bank of Iselin, N.J., which initiated a post–Hurricane Sandy loan program that provided financial relief to those affected most by the storm,
  • Citizens Bank of Edmond, Okla., which provided nearly $700,000 to enable the construction and permanent financing of a non-profit day shelter for the homeless, and
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank of Ashland, Neb., which led the funding of the $5.2 million Ashland Community Resource Center, which will serve as a new library, senior center and community meeting area when it’s completed later this year.
NerdWallet’s Community Banking Local Project Award recognizes outstanding examples of public or private financings by community banks.

The winning bank will be presented with an award, and NerdWallet will donate $1,500 to a charity of the winning bank’s choosing. Read More from NerdWallet.


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Advocacy
Join This Week’s ICBA Washington Policy Summit from Home
Community bankers who can’t make it to this week’s ICBA Washington Policy Summit can still participate with ICBA’s Virtual Policy Summit and grassroots Twitter map.

The Virtual Policy Summit makes it easy for community bankers to contact their members of Congress on the very same issues that their fellow community bankers are lobbying while in Washington. Meanwhile, the grassroots Twitter map allows community bankers to tweet their members of Congress with customizable messages.

Additionally, community bankers coming to the nation’s capital for the Washington Policy Summit can enter a social media contest. Community bankers who tweet ICBA a photo of themselves and a #BankLocally Metro ad will be entered for one of five $50 gift cards.

Access Virtual Policy Summit. View the Twitter Map.


Congress
Senate Banking Panel Taking Up GSE Reform, Nominations Tomorrow
The Senate Banking Committee is scheduled to mark up housing-finance-reform legislation tomorrow following a vote on several executive nominations.

The committee is slated to vote on the nominations of Stanley Fischer, Jerome Powell and Lael Brainard for the Federal Reserve Board; Nani Coloretti and Gustavo Velasquez Aguilar for the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and J. Mark McWatters for the National Credit Union Administration board.

Following the votes, the committee will take up the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013 (S. 1217). ICBA has worked closely with members of Congress and the administration on the legislation.

Additionally, hundreds of community bankers are on their way to the nation’s capital to discuss housing-finance reform in meetings with lawmakers as part of the ICBA Washington Policy Summit.


Bank Failures
Regulators Close South Carolina Bank
Regulators closed Allendale County Bank in Fairfax, S.C., and the FDIC entered a purchase-and-assumption agreement with Palmetto State Bank in Hampton, S.C. Allendale County Bank, the sixth FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, had approximately $54.5 million in total assets and $51.0 million in total deposits as of Dec. 31. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $17.1 million. Read More from FDIC.



Poll
Take This Week’s Quick Poll
Take this week’s Quick Poll on meeting with Congress, and view results from the previous poll on Community Banking Month activities.
View the Archive.


Education
ICBA Compliance Institute Slated for June
ICBA is encouraging compliance professionals to attend ICBA’s Compliance Institute in June to get the latest regulatory education. The comprehensive seminar, featuring compliance experts David Bequeaith and Lindsay LaNore, is scheduled for June 6-13 in Kansas City, Mo. Attendees will examine the CFPB’s new mortgage-servicing rules and the latest guidance on comprehensive compliance reforms in areas such as Regulations Z, X, B and O. Learn more and Register.


Education
FFIEC Hosting Cybersecurity Webinar
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is scheduled to host a free webinar on the role of senior management in cybersecurity. The webinar, “Executive Leadership of Cybersecurity: What Today's CEO Needs to Know About the Threats They Don't See,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, May 7. Read More from FDIC.



Products and Services
Agility Offers Hurricane-Preparedness Checklist
Hurricanes are one of nature's most powerful and destructive forces. Agility Recovery, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, offers a hurricane-preparedness checklist highlighting activities community bankers should undertake before, during and after the storm. The checklist includes plans for communication, evacuation and shelter, stocking disaster kits, and protecting property. Read it Now.






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