Community banks are the focal point where community support meets business savvy. Their business model ties them inextricably to the success of their community and their community to them. As the primary providers of small business loans, community banks help to create the majority of Minnesota’s new jobs and business growth. They also provide significant support for the charitable organizations that serve so many needs in their local area.
The success of Minnesota’s community banks isn’t about the narrow interests of our industry. If our state’s community banks succeed, it is because their customers and their communities are succeeding.
ICBM was founded so that our members could band together to bring the truth about community banking to lawmakers at the state capitol and in Washington, D.C. Each year, ICBM leads the way in Minnesota banking advocacy by conducting our Day at the Capitol, which provides our members the opportunity to meet face-to-face with state lawmakers and regulators. ICBM also visits Washington, D.C. each year with a delegation of community bankers to tell the community banking story and to engage with members of Congress.
ICBM works proactively to promote the importance of community banks. Through an ongoing communication plan, ICBM distributes materials designed to highlight the ways that community banks invest in local families, businesses, and schools, as well as the benefits of keeping major financial decisions within the community.
It’s important that the interests of community banks are represented in government. ICBM promotes your interests with effective lobbying, consistently demonstrating an ability to positively impact regulations that affect community banks.
ICBM encourages members to take an active part in the association. ICBM’s advocacy, events and education all offer many opportunities for you to take on a leadership role or participate on a committee. Your involvement is valuable to your community bankers association!
An important benefit of ICBM membership is the opportunity to pool resources and increase influence with other community bankers. The ICBM Political Action Committee’s purpose is to develop alliances and influence decision-makers that have the power to impact the ability of community banks to thrive. The Political Action Committee is here to serve your bank’s interests.
ICBM’s government relations department stays abreast of the most recent state and federal legislation affecting Minnesota’s independent community bankers.
ICBM organizes opportunities for our members to meet state lawmakers through special meetings and events like ICBM’s annual Day at the Capitol.
We also organize discussion with members of Congress for the Independent Community Bankers of America’s Capital Summit in Washington, D.C., in April.
ICBM provides members with regular legislative updates through CapitolLink, published electronically while the state legislature is in session. You’ll also receive Capitol Comments which focuses on federal legislation impacting community banks. ICBM has made it easy for you to find your legislative representatives and get more information on Minnesota’s senators and representatives.
Questions and comments are welcome. Please contact Jim Amundson, ICBM President/CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-789-3985.