Raising up nonprofits

For its 30th anniversary, Ledyard National Bank decided to ask 10 local nonprofits to enter a video about their work into a contest for the opportunity to win $10,000 and expand their visibility.

A bridge to affordable housing

When two executives at Woodforest National Bank noticed a dearth of affordable housing options in southeast Texas, they decided to do something about it, partnering with several housing and community groups to launch an innovative mortgage lending product aimed at underserved clients.

The in-branch experience made virtual

During a digital reinvention, technology, customer experiences, employee expertise and business strategy all come into play. But a winning plan is within reach for community banks looking to embrace digital, according to two innovation-focused community bankers.

Out of Office: Shon Myers

The president and CEO of $265 million-asset Farmers & Merchants Bank in Miamisburg, Ohio, learned how to wake surf after years of lake activities like boating and wakeboarding. He’s gone on to teach most of his family how to surf, as well as kids at summer camps.

A digital-first bank for south Florida

Observing the gap in pandemic relief in south Florida due to a lack of local community banks, a trio of banking veterans teamed up to form a digital-first community bank—and were granted a charter in record time to support local businesses.

SouthState Bank turns swag into art

After a recent merger, SouthState Bank had hundreds of unused T-shirts featuring its old logo. Rather than send them to the landfill, it donated them to a community textile arts project that continues to inspire others.

Innovation Conversations: Rockland Trust

When Rockland Trust synced up with an ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator grad to launch a virtual digital banking platform, it took relationships between the community bank and its customers to a whole new level.

A gift that will keep on giving

It may be celebrating its 150th anniversary, but First National Bank of Fort Smith didn’t want presents this year. Instead, it gifted $500,000 to its local Boys & Girls Club for an ambitious renovation.

At home with HOA banking

Looking for an avenue to increase its deposit base, Academy Bank tapped into a market it hadn’t explored before: homeowners associations. Today, the community bank has successful relationships with HOAs across the country.