Rebeca Romero Rainey: Standing strong in uncertain times

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In these unprecedented times, community bankers like you can look to ICBA for resources and guidance so that you can support the communities you serve.

As community bankers navigate the choppy waters of the coronavirus outbreak and its financial and economic repercussions, ICBA continues to serve and represent our beloved industry in every capacity.

We recognize that these are uncertain times for you, your customers and your local communities. Indeed, the consequences are being felt on a global scale. But just as community banks can look to ICBA as a beacon of support at this critical time, ICBA remains guided by its singular mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish.

ICBA is confident in the ability of community banks to continue to step up and help local communities during these unprecedented times. As I told President Donald Trump last month during a White House meeting on the outbreak, community banks are there for their communities. Uncertain times like these showcase the strength and resiliency of community banking. Now more than ever, let’s stand strong at both the local and national level to provide confidence and comfort when our customers and communities need it most.

To help you through this emergency, ICBA offers a variety of resources on our Crisis Response and Preparedness Center (, including a recent exercise on resiliency plans, an online course on staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and information from regulators and other organizations.

Meanwhile, we remain steadfast in representing your interests to policymakers in Washington. ICBA remains fully engaged not only on coronavirus-related relief, but also ongoing debates over regulatory reform, credit unions, industrial loan companies, and more.

Thank you for continuing to provide us with our positive and purposeful mission—and for your leadership and foundational support for local communities across our great nation during this time.

This message was originally sent out to ICBA member bankers on March 16.

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