Regional banks have played a critical role in helping businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic and the institutions will be central to the recovery when the virus is finally defeated. Valley Bank, based in Wayne, is one of the biggest in New Jersey and handled a crush of Paycheck Protection Program loans when that relief effort was rolled out. In the latest edition of NJBIZ Conversations, CEO Ira Robbins describes those days and late nights for Editor Jeff Kanige, looks ahead to what 2021 might hold and why he’s optimistic about the economy. “It’s and opportunity — an opportunity for ingenuity,” he says. “I think we’re going to see a lot of customers that have amazing opportunities that come out of this, that look at their businesses very, very differently and and I’m excited, really excited for the future.” Watch the full interview here.