I hope this message finds you all enjoying a happy and prosperous 2019. It’s January of an odd-numbered year, so we are hunkering in to the 66th Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature. As I write this, we are in the third full week of the session. Nearly 950 bills have been introduced so far. ICBND is tracking about 75 bills that could have varying degrees of effect to community banking. Obviously, the higher priority bills get more attention. In my limited space here, I won’t wander too far into the weeds of the bills and the issues we’re following. However, the ICBND Legislative Update is distributed and posted weekly for your reference.
We’ve just completed the marketing materials for a Fintech educational session on April 15, 2019 which will be sponsored by our newest endorsed member, Dakota Carrier Network. The session will also be held at their beautiful facility in Bismarck. Our keynote presenter will be Kevin Tweddle who is ICBA’s Chief Innovation Officer. We’re excited to offer this timely session and hope to see you there.
Finally, let me shamelessly plug another great ICBND program. The Emerging Leaders Development Program provides opportunities for current and future banking leaders to accelerate their development and network with their peers throughout the state. Importantly, we make sure they have some fun as well. As further incentive, membership in the program also provides participants a complimentary registration to the ICBND Convention this summer.
Until next time, stay safe and warm!