March 20, 2020   

Coronavirus Resources and Actions for Members

It’s been anything but a usual week for all of us, but working remotely hasn’t kept us from continuing to provide members with key resources and advocacy amid the unprecedented public-health emergency we’re going through. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to and access to resources as well as key GBA staff to reach out to if you need us.

Hurricane Disaster Aid Block Grant Application Period Open

Here’s a reminder to bankers with ag portfolios that the Georgia Department of Agriculture Wednesday began taking online applications from producers who experienced losses and expenses related to Hurricane Michael not covered by other disaster or insurance programs. The website for applications is Applications must be completed and submitted by the end of the day April 8. Only online applications will be accepted. This block grant program is designed to compensate producers for losses and expenses in seven categories of assistance: beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure. Full details are available on the website.

FDIC COVID-19 FAQs for Banks and Customers

FDIC Wednesday distributed a national press release emphasizing the strength of the FDIC insurance fund, reminding depositors than no one has ever lost a penny of FDIC-insured deposits. The agency also issued FAQs helpful to customers and to banks working with customers to provide financial relief. Access those resources here. More FDIC actions are available on its COVID-19 Resource page, which is also accessible on the GBA Emergency Response and Preparedness page.

Quick Read on COVID-19 Related Payment Modifications, Regulatory Compliance Considerations and Best Practices

Steve H. Powell and Company has done a quick analysis of the numerous COVID-19 related regulatory actions announced during the past week and has put together a really good summary of key points. This is solid overview of the preliminary thinking about the key questions being asked related to payment deferrals, extensions, and debt restructures for affected borrowers. Read the overview here.

Paid Leave Provisions in New Law Explained by Adams and Reese

GBA Associate Member Adams and Reese LLP shared with us their detailed analysis of the provisions in a bill signed into law by President Trump this week requiring small businesses to provide paid leave due to coronavirus. In summary, the provisions require that employees who are sick with or need to care for someone with COVID-19 are paid for up to 10 days; that employees whose children's schools are closed (and cannot work remotely) are granted leave for up to 12 weeks, and finally, if the government orders a “lockdown," employees who cannot work remotely will be entitled to pay for up to 10 days. Read their extended Q&A and analysis here.

Member Profile
A Focus on Entrepreneurship, Helping Small Businesses and Heart Health with Sherry Kinard

We announced in our March 6, 2020, E-Bulletin that Sherry Kinard, director of Georgia Primary Bank’s Government Guaranteed Lending Division, was one of a select group of innovators nationwide invited to the White House for a summit on supplier diversity and access to capital. She also attended the annual National African American History Month Reception held in the East Wing of the White House. Sherry shared with GBA a deeper dive into her career journey, role at the bank, key takeaways from the summit and more in this week's GBA Member Profile.

Summary of Federal Reserve and other Actions March 13-19

The Federal Reserve and other agencies took significant steps in the past week to help bolster the financial system. Here’s a consolidated list of actions for reference.

Update from GBA Partner Office Depot

Click here to read about actions Office Depot is taking to protect their customers and employees. Office Depot is also focused on enabling your business to remain productive whether you have employees working in an office or working remotely from home on a full-time or temporary basis.
  • Your corporate program can be leveraged by your employees either online or in-store.
  • Your employees can purchase needed supplies and print services at one of approximately 1,300 Office Depot or OfficeMax stores. Click here to locate a store near you.
  • Any order can be shipped directly to a home address.
For more information, please contact your local sales representative Isaac Mares,, 855.337.6811 x12878.

GBA Partner Helps Inform Customers in Critical Times is continually creating materials to meet the needs of the industry. In light of the coronavirus, has added layouts that are helping community banks keep customers informed during this challenging time. Just like all layouts on, you can change the copy, colors and photos to fit your brand and needs. Once you've created your design, you can route the piece through your bank’s approval process and begin using it right away. If you are not yet using and would like to learn more, click here to schedule a live demo on the day and time of your choosing. Contact Neal Reynolds with questions at 678.528.6688 or

April Facilitated Online Courses from ABA at GBA Member Rates

There are more than 300 facilitated-paced online courses available to all GBA members that cover everything from technical banking topics to just good business skills. Here are a few business basic courses coming up to check out:
  • Managing Interest Bank Risk - Member Price: $660
  • Basic Administrative Duties of a Trustee - Member Price: $300
  • The SOS Habit - Member Price: $149

ABA Certificates: A 100 Year Tradition of Excellence

For more than 100 years, bankers have taken advantage of certificate programs to prepare for careers in banking or to enhance the skills and knowledge they already possess. Certificates build the skills necessary for a specific position in the bank and can be taken entirely online as a certificate curriculum. The programs are continually reevaluated and refined to reflect the current needs of bankers in their jobs today and changes in the industry. Certificates are available in the following categories:
  • Business Banking and Commercial Lending
  • Compliance and Risk Management
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Retail Banking and Marketing
  • Wealth Management and Trust
  • Executive Education.

Mark Your Calendars for GBA Events

As of this publication, the following GBA events are still taking place as planned. Staff and the GBA Board and Committees are monitoring and evaluating daily. We will notify you as soon as possible if anything changes. Contact GBA's David Oliver or the lead GBA staff member for each event with questions.

Recruit, Retain and Develop the Best Bankers with GBA Career Solutions

GBA Job Bank - GBA will post open positions, free of charge, for GBA members. See the open positions in Georgia here. We will also post professional summaries for bank-job seekers on our Bankers Available page. To make the process easy and answer any questions, we've developed this
Q & A. Please contact Katina Prokos, 404.420.2021.
GBA Strategic Partner BankTalentHQ - The central feature of BankTalentHQ is its national bank-job board. Other key benefits include: resume search access, regional and national reach for your open positions, frequent special offers and custom sales/coaching programs. Visit BankTalentHQ to learn more. See the open positions in Georgia here, or search regionally or nationally here.
GBA’s Career Paths for Bankers™ - GBA’s Career Paths for Bankers™ is the most unique, organized and easy-to-use career development resource available for bankers and banks. GBA’s pioneering career development resource is unlike any other in the banking industry. Click here to start mapping your banking career today.
Why do people choose careers in banking? Whatever their talents, interests and educational background, there is a career in banking for them. Here are few good reasons to share with folks you know.
GBA Community Connections
We want to share all the good work GBA member banks, bankers, Associate Members and Bank Counsel Section members do to support their communities. Read all about the Community Connections our banks and members have below. Share your Community Connections by sending a brief paragraph and any photos of activities you have to us and we'll publish them at our earliest opportunity. Send information to Katina Prokos and David Oliver, or if your company would like to sponsor this content, let us know. Here's our latest installment...
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