As we enter a new chapter and start a new financial statement cycle, know that ICBA will be there to support you with tools, resources and advocacy efforts.
The beginning of a new year feels like a new beginning, a new chapter in our stories. We have a blank page on which we can write our narrative throughout the year, with new milestones filling the following pages. And with 2023, many adventures await us.
Consider the evolution of the industry. I am amazed at the pace of change that is taking place in all areas of financial services, from instant payments to more digital solutions and beyond. This will be a critical year to seize new opportunities and explore how we can prepare to succeed, even with the challenges ahead.
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And let’s think about the uncertainty of the economic environment. It’s certainly a challenge, but it’s one that community banks have faced with force in the past. Time and time again, he has shown resilience in the face of difficult financial conditions. In fact, this is where community banks shine, bringing stability to clients simply by being relationship bankers who see and know them. Looking at it through a different lens, there’s an opportunity in this economic climate: It’s a way to duplicate your strengths and your unique people-first approach to banking.
However, in the midst of these external influences, you may be wondering, “What actions can we take to ensure we identify the right next step for our bank?” That is where ICBA can provide support. Either the information that arrives NewsWatch today either independent bankerBy meeting with other community bankers to discuss strategy at ICBA LIVE or proactively engaging with policymakers at the Capital Summit, we offer opportunities to not only react, but also respond to this dynamic environment with your mission and vision at the center.
We have increased our offerings to support you and to further differentiate our industry. For example, we’ve moved ThinkTECH Accelerator internally to ensure year-round innovation programming and find new fintech partners to bring solutions to market that directly address the needs of community banks. We are expanding the classes and programs provided by Community Banker University, and as the government relations team prepares to welcome new members of Congress to DC, they are ready and excited to tell their story and make sure their voices are heard. .
So as we enter a new chapter and start a new financial statement cycle, know that ICBA will be there to support you with tools, resources and advocacy efforts. Together, we will write our 2023 story, one that will set community banks up for success.
Rebecca Romero Rainey
President and CEO, ICBA
Connect with Rebecca @romerorainey
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