April Is Community Banking Month Get all the facts about community banks and how they make Main Street thrive
Mitchell, SD (April 1, 2016) — April is Community Banking Month—a time to salute the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks and the Main Street communities they serve. Throughout the month, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota (ICBSD) will share the positive story of community banks—how they help their customers and build stronger communities and why they are principal drivers of economic prosperity on Main Street.
“Community banks are locally owned and operated financial institutions that take in local deposits and lend them out locally in the form of loans to customers, farmers and small business owners. Many times, community banks are family-owned and have served their community for generations,” said ICBA Chairman and third-generation community banker, Rebeca Romero Rainey, chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M. “Community banks exist to serve the needs of their customers and communities and make their Main Streets thrive one loan at a time.”
Community banks are relationship lenders that flourish when their customers and communities do the same. Taking care of customers and looking out for the best interest of local communities is inherent to the relationship lending business model that is unique to community banking.
Below are some fun facts about community banks. You can also view the facts on this infographic.
To find your local community bank, visit ICBA’s Community Bank Locator at www.banklocally.org. To follow the Community Banking Month conversation on social media, follow the #BankLocally hashtag on Twitter.
The Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota (ICBSD) was founded in 1983 to serve as the voice for independent community banks throughout South Dakota. ICBSD is the only association that advocates exclusively for community banks. Community banks help create local jobs, support local organizations, pay local taxes, and work to build strong communities.
Hannah Merritt, Marketing & Public Relations
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