ICBA Urges Consumers: Go Local By
Banking with Your Community Bank
Banking with your local community bank is a hometown investment you can be proud of
Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2011)––As many of the nation’s consumers consider switching banks, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is reminding them that now is the perfect time to join the “go local” movement by banking with a local community bank. By doing so, consumers will realize the litany of benefits that come with banking with a community bank including a relationship-based banking experience, superior customer service and the pride that comes with reinvesting in one’s community.
“By going local and banking locally with your community bank, consumers can make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors and the future of their community,” said Sal Marranca, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y. “They’ll be making a hometown investment they can be proud of. After all, the money they deposit in their community bank will be reinvested in ways that drive their local economy, such as in the form of loans to local residents who want to buy a home or to small business owners who are looking to open shop on Main Street.”
As small businesses themselves, community banks only thrive when their customers and communities do the same, so taking care of their customers and looking out for the best interest of their community is engrained in the way they conduct their business each and every day. A major advantage of banking with a community bank over larger banks is that community banks are locally owned and operated. This means that all lending decisions are made locally by people who understand the unique challenges and financial needs of the business people and residents who live and work in the communities the bank serves. And when consumers call their local community bank, they’ll be reassured to know that they won’t be talking to someone halfway across the globe. Instead, they will be talking with their community banker who lives and works in the same community they do.
Whether located in small towns, suburbia or big-city neighborhoods, community banks improve America’s communities by funding nearly 60 percent of all small businesses under $1 million and by using local dollars to help families purchase homes, buy a car, finance college and build financial security. By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an integral part of our financial system and play a key role in our nation’s economic recovery.
“ICBA wants all Americans to know that their community bank is not only invested in their hometown, but also in them, as a customer,” Marranca said. “Our doors are open and we welcome consumers to go local and see the community bank difference for themselves.”
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit www.icba.org.
About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.
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Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust