How We Advocate: Community-Banker Led
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.
BankIn Minnesota 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, BankIn Minnesota 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. BankIn Minnesota 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.
Public Image: Keeping Community Banks on the Forefront
BankIn Minnesota works proactively to promote the importance of community banks. Through an ongoing communication plan, BankIn Minnesota 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.
Lobbying Force: Making a Difference
It’s important that the interests of community banks are represented in government. BankIn Minnesota promotes your interests with effective lobbying, consistently demonstrating an ability to positively impact regulations that affect community banks.
Member Involvement: Become an Advocate
BankIn Minnesota encourages members to take an active part in the association. BankIn Minnesota'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!
Political Action Committee: Guided by Collective Strength
An important benefit of membership is the opportunity to pool resources and increase influence with other community bankers. The 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.
Direct Link to the lawmakers: Ensuring your Voice
BankIn Minnesota's government relations department stays abreast of the most recent state and federal legislation affecting Minnesota’s independent community bankers.
BankIn Minnesota organizes opportunities for our members to meet state lawmakers through special meetings and events like the 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.
News & Information: Keeping Up is Easy
BankIn Minnesota provides members with regular legislative updates while the state legislature is in session. It is easy for you to find your legislative representatives
and get more information on Minnesota’s senators
Questions and comments are welcome. Please contact Jim Amundson, BankIn Minnesota's President/CEO, at Jim@Minnesota.Bank