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Local bank president among those who met with President Trump

James Espeland, President/CEO, First National Bank, Henning joined more than 100 community bankers and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) this week for a meeting with President Donald Trump and other top administration officials at the White House as part of the 2017 ICBA Capital Summit. In the meeting with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, NEC Director Gary Cohn and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon, Trump said the administration is focused on addressing regulatory burdens to help community banks lend to small businesses.

"First National Bank was deeply honored to be invited to attend today's historic meeting, where the president reiterated his support for community banking," said James Espeland. "First National Bank is proud to be in Washington this week to advocate on behalf of our industry so we can continue to serve our community and be a powerful job creator and economic engine right here in Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake."

During the meeting community bankers presented President Trump with a red "Make Community Banking Great Again" cap. In attendance at the meeting were community bankers from ICBA's Executive Committee, board of directors, Federal Delegate Board, and policy committees.

More than 1,000 community bankers are in Washington this week for ICBA's Capital Summit to discuss critical issues facing community banks and their communities, such as excessive regulatory burdens that affect their ability to serve their customers, make loans and create jobs. The industry's solution to the regulatory burden problem—ICBA's Plan for Prosperity—is a pro-growth platform to eliminate onerous and unnecessary regulatory burdens that inhibit lending and innovation.

The summit features meetings this week with policymakers, remarks from speakers such as Secretary Mnuchin and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and the first-ever ICBA Future of Banking Symposium, which offers insights into the future of the rapidly changing community banking industry.

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