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Washington Policy Summit
Community Bankers Meet with Congress, Regulators
Community bankers continued meeting with policymakers Thursday to address the industry’s top policy priorities as part of the ICBA Washington Policy Summit.
 
More than 1,000 community bankers and industry advocates gathered in the nation’s capital for more than 300 congressional meetings. Community bankers also held meetings with representatives of federal financial agencies, including FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Steve Antonakes.
 
Community bankers focused their meetings on issues such as regulatory relief, housing-finance reform, and the credit union and Farm Credit System tax subsidies.
 
More Information: Whether in Washington or back home, community bankers can continue their grassroots outreach to their members of Congress with ICBA’s grassroots Twitter map.


Community Banking Month
#BankLocally Twitter Chat Featured What’s Next for the Industry 
ICBA’s Community Banking Month Twitter chat buzzed with major topics on what’s next for the industry, including social media, Gen Y marketing and innovation. Influencers, experts and community bankers joined the chat to provide insights on the topic and celebrate Community Banking Month.

Themes included expanding your reach without spending millions, investing in relationships and increasing market share using social and digital media, and embracing the next generation of leadership and products.

More Information: View the Twitter chat timeline.


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Wanted!
IB Magazine Is Seeking Outstanding Lenders for Recognition
Do you know a co-worker who is an outstanding lender at your community bank? ICBA Independent Banker is looking to recognize exemplary lenders—including business, consumer, mortgage or agricultural lenders—who are industry role models. Recommend a colleague by filling out a short online nomination form, including a brief description why the person deserves nationwide recognition. Today is the deadline to submit nonminations! Read IB’s outstanding lender stories published last year.

More Information: Email the editors of ICBA Independent Banker for additional details. 


Education
Webinar: Senior Secured Lending-Diversification into C&I
This session will explain how securing new loans on receivables, inventory and other personal property can enable your institution to expand the loan market in your community while reducing overall risk. During this session we’ll review the structure of Senior Secured Lending products, how advance rates are set and the key issues that affect the advance rate. This webinar will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to operate and originate Senior Secured Lending Loans.

When: Tuesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

More Information
: Register for this event. 


Education
Webinar: Accounting for Purchased/Acquired Loans
A burdensome regulatory environment, highly competitive loan markets and the continued margin-squeezing low-interest-rate environment have led to an increase in M&A deals, 228 in 2013 in the banking industry. For purchased loans, the accounting and regulatory requirements for banks may prove to be quite complex. Join Sageworks' Ed Bayer, managing director, and Regan Camp, senior risk management consultant, to understand some of the key challenges banks face in managing acquired loans under ASC 310-20 (FAS 91) and ASC 310-30 (SOP 03-3).
 
When: Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

More Information:
 
Register for this event.


Education
Webinar: Merchant Risk Detection and Avoidance Strategies
Today's merchant servicing environment is becoming increasingly complicated to navigate and a serious risk for community banks. 

ICBA Bancard is hosting a webinar with partner, FIS, designed to update community banks on the latest risk factors associated with merchant servicing. The webinar will explore acquiring mitigation strategies and detail FIS' low-risk merchant program option, allowing community banks to maintain crucial deposit relationships while avoiding potential losses.

When: Thursday, May 8 at 3 p.m. (Eastern time).

More Information:
Register for this event.



Education

Webinar: 5 Reasons Our Cloud is More Secure Than Your Current IT Environment
ICBA Strategic Technology Solutions knows what keeps your IT management up at night and has solutions to banks' top 5 security challenges, including; 
  • Do you really know where your sensitive data is?
  • Could it be on devices other than your server?
  • Do you still worry about a virus infection or malware installed on your employees’ computers?
  • Do you allow employees to use mobile devices for work purposes, including email?
  • Do you worry about the next DDOS attack?
Join Principal Technology Strategist of our Compushare solutions, Kevin Prince, to learn why our cloud solution is more secure and compliant than your current IT environment in all areas, including information security, business continuity, vendor management and IT risk management.

When: Wednesday, May 21 at 1 p.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.


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Hurricanes are one of nature's most powerful and destructive forces. Agility Recovery, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, offers a  hurricane preparedness checklist that will help you prepare your organization by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during and after the storm including plans for communication, evacuation and shelter, stocking disaster kits and protecting property.

More information: Download the checklist.


Products & Services

Offer: Flood Preparedness Checklist
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters, and continue to grow in frequency and severity. With advance preparation, you can limit your recovery expenses and ensure your organization stays afloat. ICBA Preferred Service Provider Agility Recovery will teach you how to prepare and protect equipment, activities to undertake during the flood, how to communicate with your employees and provide general flood awareness and safety tips.

More information: Download the checklist.


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