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February 22, 2023

Financial Literacy Award Deadline Less Than a Week Away

The deadline to submit your bank’s Leaders in Financial Education (LiFE) Awards application is Tuesday, Feb. 28. The application is open to all NBA member banks and covers financial literacy activities that were initiated or ongoing during the 2022 calendar year. The NBA will honor LiFE Awards recipients at an awards breakfast on May 5 during the NBA Annual Convention in La Vista.

The LiFE Awards include the following categories:

  • LiFE Honors List
  • Bank Innovation Award
  • Presentation Recognition
  • Career Award

For more information, contact Laurie Johnson at the NBA at [email protected] or 402-474-1555.


Calendar Photo Submission Deadline Approaching

For over 15 years, the NBA has provided an annual Scenes of Nebraska Calendar. This is your chance to be a part of our long-standing tradition. The deadline to submit photos for consideration in the 2024 Scenes of Nebraska Calendar is March 1.

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Legislative, Policy & Regulatory Updates

Legislative Update

Feb. 17, 2023


Stay up to date by subscribing to the NBA Legislative Update. Sent every Friday during the legislative session, the newsletter recaps the week in the Nebraska Unicameral and issues affecting the banking industry.


FHA to Cut Mortgage Insurance Premiums

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums from 0.85% to 0.55%. The change is expected to reduce the fee paid by borrowers by $800 for a typical loan. The Biden Administration called the action "an important step in making homeownership more attainable."

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Regulators Take Issue with USPAP's Fourth Exposure Draft

Federal regulators expressed concern that a proposed update to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) contains substituted language about discrimination. In a letter to the Appraisal Foundation's Appraisal Standards Board, the regulators said the proposed update seeks to differentiate between unlawful discrimination and a concept of "unethical discrimination" which is not clearly defined in current law or practice.

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Bill Introduced to Encourage De Novo Bank Formation

The "Promoting Access to Capital in Underbanked Communities Act" (H.R. 758) introduced by Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) would provide a three-year phase-in period for new banks to meet federal capital standards. It also includes provisions to encourage and maintain de novo banking. In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee in support, the American Bankers Association (ABA) said, "By facilitating the formation of new banks in urban and rural areas, this legislation expands banking access for both individuals and small- and medium-sized businesses."

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Upcoming Events

To see the complete event schedule, visit the NBA Event Calendar.

Graduate Schools of Banking Opportunities 

Enrollment is open for the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado’s next session, July 16-28, 2023, in Boulder, CO. Learn more and apply here.

The enrollment deadlines are approaching for the Graduate School of Banking-Wisconsin (GSB-Wisconsin) and the NBA’s co-sponsored schools: Bank Technology Management and Digital Banking. There will also be schools for Financial Managers and Sales and Marketing. View next year’s schedule here.

Banks & Bankers

Feb. 15 - 21

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Meet A Banker

Our next featured banker for Black History Month is Andrew Wilson. As a young father, Andrew was looking for a steady job and applied to be a teller at Union Bank & Trust Co.

From there, he worked his way up to branch manager of retail banking but still had a passion for education. Andrew took an opportunity to join the bank’s training department and now has the best of both worlds as the customer service training manager. He leads a team who educates the bank’s frontline staff on how to deliver great customer service.

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Six Forces Driving Commercial Property Insurance Costs

When the eye of a storm wreaks havoc, many commercial properties are faced with the aftermath. In 2022, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and blizzards continued to strain the industry at an alarming rate. Catastrophes, reinsurance, undersinsurance, property replacement costs, skilled labor shortages and property rate need are increasing the cost of property insurance.

For a comprehensive review of your bank’s insurance coverage, contact Mitch Florea at NBISCO at 402-904-7014 or [email protected].

Opportunities to Connect with High School Students

If you’re looking for a fun way to help build the banking workforce in Nebraska, consider volunteering to judge a contest at an upcoming career and technical organization event. No prior experience is necessary to judge. The NBA will have a booth at each of the events listed below - we’d love to see you there!

DECA State Career Development Conference 

March 16-17, Lincoln

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FFA State Convention

March 29-31, Lincoln

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FBLA State Leadership Conference

April 3-5, Kearney

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ABA Announces Online Resources for Special Purpose Credit Programs

Yesterday, the ABA announced a new webpage on Special Purpose Credit Programs (SPCPs). The information outlines how these programs work, features a case study of an SPCP-initiating bank and provides a checklist for banks contemplating an SPCP. ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols said, “SPCPs can expand access to credit in underserved communities, so we’re encouraging banks to consider them.”

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