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Kevin Tweddle: ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

Kevin Tweddle: ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 program is under way, and this year’s fintech cohort brings even more potential for transformative technology that elevates the customer experience and serves as a point of differentiation for community banks. We’ve devoted additional time to the selection process and have a larger, more diverse pool of […]

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Jim Reber: Munis for all

No need for tax-free bonds? Check out the value in taxable munis. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities So, you say your community bank doesn’t own any municipal bonds? And you don’t need to read a column about an investment sector that has no relevance to your investment strategy? Because your bank is an S-Corp and […]

Community banks make banking magic in Orlando

With 1,500 people moving there every week—and stellar job growth over the past four years—the Orlando, Fla., metro features a competitive banking environment where the opportunities are open for enterprising community banks. By Bridget McCrea | Illustrations by James Taylor Orlando, Fla., is well-known for its warm climate, short drive to the beach and one […]

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Out of Office: Leah Johnson

The assistant vice president and marketing manager of $423 million-asset Community Bank in Joseph, Ore., has drawn and painted since she was young. But she picked up a new creative medium, encaustic painting, after seeing the art form firsthand. I’d been painting for a while after college, but not very often. I wanted a new […]

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Secrets of 4 community bank–fintech partnerships

Community banks and fintechs are working together to boost internal efficiency and improve the customer experience. But good partnerships don’t just run like clockwork. They require close collaboration, risk-taking and the alignment of strategic visions. Here’s what some of these partnerships look like in reality. By Mary Yerkes Today’s banking industry is all about innovation. […]