The CBWV has in a short time become the highly visible and respected voice of community banks in West Virginia. Donna Tanner’s tireless efforts at the state capitol and our association with Tom Heywood and Mark Adkins of Bowles Rice have given us a clear and influential voice on matters of government policy.
The Community Bankers Political Action Committee provides a vehicle for community bankers to make a statement that community bankers matter in the political debate. It visibly demonstrates that community banks stand united on issues that impact them.
In recent years we have seen individuals and groups resort to litigation to change the law applied to banks. In response, the CBWV has helped fund amicus briefs on behalf of community bankers to ensure that the Supreme Court of West Virginia has a clear understanding of the impact of its decisions. The fact that the court continually sides with the community bank position is a testament to the respect that we as group receive from the state’s highest court.