From April 24 through April 27, PACB staff and about a dozen of its members were in attendance at the ICBA Washington Policy Summit along with about 900 other community bankers from across the US. PACB members came from several regions in the Commonwealth, which means we had great representation for most of our congressional districts. It was a chance for us to meet some of our members who had carved out time from their very busy schedules to participate in PACB’s advocacy efforts in Washington.
While it was a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and ideas with our fellow bankers and some of the ICBA staff, PACB’s primary focus was to visit the members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation. Our plan was to educate our senators and representatives about the issues that are significant to the community banking industry, particularly in Pennsylvania.
Because our appointment schedule was full and because we did not want to overwhelm any of the congressional offices, we started out by forming a couple of teams in order to cover each legislator. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with each of our members’ depth of knowledge and their ability to articulate to each congressman how each of the pieces of legislation would affect not just their businesses, but also their customers and their customers businesses. Everyone joined in the discussion; no shrinking violets here!
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