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Kitsap Bank: Deeply rooted in community

Kitsap Bank: Deeply rooted in community

Kitsap Bank has been central to the communities it serves since its founding in 1908. Whether it’s financing fire departments or inspiring local entrepreneurs, the community bank is on a mission to “cause good.” By Judith Sears Name: Kitsap Bank Assets: $1.2 billion Location: Port Orchard, Wash. The first firetruck in Port Orchard, Wash., was […]

President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and past chairman Preston Kennedy

ICBA: 90 years of helping community banks flourish

In 1930, a group of 28 community bankers came together in rural Minnesota for one reason. In the wake of the stock market crash of 1929, just seven months earlier, their aim was to stop big banks from concentrating the banking industry. Nearly a century later, that mission has not changed. This month, the organization […]

Robin Hood Elementary School’s homework club

StonehamBank’s 10% pledge to worthy causes

At the center of StonehamBank’s corporate values is a pledge to donate 10% of profits to community organizations. The community bank’s efforts to give back have given it a socially conscious reputation in its communities. By Eric Best Making donations and writing big checks are things that all community banks do. But StonehamBank has made […]

Jack Barrett

The juicy story behind First Citrus Bank

Established 21 years ago, First Citrus Bank’s strategic planning is now bearing fruit. At the core of the Tampa, Fla., community bank is a set of fundamental values that define how its associates achieve success for themselves and for their customers. By Eric Best Name: First Citrus Bank Assets: $428 million Location: Tampa, Fla. First Citrus […]

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Midland States Bank’s downtown transformation

Midland States Bank continues to have a presence in the downtown of Effingham, Ill., because of a unique renovation that turned its former headquarters into lodging for employees. By William Atkinson When $6.1 billion-asset Midland States Bank in Effingham, Ill., moved its headquarters from the city’s downtown square after 137 years, it had some options […]

Noah Wilcox

Photos: ICBA LIVE 2020 in Orlando

A new decade of community banking comes into clear focus in Orlando At ICBA LIVE 2020 in Orlando, Fla., thousands of community bankers and their families came together to set a bold vision for the next decade for the industry. Through learning labs, energizing general sessions and networking events, community bankers took valuable experiences back […]

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HarborOne Bank: A leader in financial education

When it comes to financial education, HarborOne Bank goes beyond the basics. It meets the needs of its community through HarborOne U courses and small business loans. By Rebecca Lubecki Name: HarborOne Bank Assets: $4 billion Location: Brockton, Mass. What started as HarborOne Bank’s response to the mortgage crisis in 2007 and 2008 has grown into […]

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Farmers Bank and Trust mentors the next generation

Through a new ambassador program, Farmers Bank and Trust Company in Princeton, Ky., mentors local high school students through connections with employees and community service projects. By Judith Sears On the first Saturday after Labor Day, Princeton, Ky., celebrates the Black Patch Heritage Festival. The town of roughly 6,100 marks the festival, which the Princeton […]

Andrew E. Silsby and Craig Garofalo

Kennebec Savings Bank’s recruitment tool

Back in the mid-1990s, Kennebec Savings Bank in Augusta, Maine, started recruiting interns during the summer when its primary source of loans—homebuyers—was busy. The program is now a significant recruiting tool that’s responsible for attracting one in every 10 of its employees. By William Atkinson Name: Kennebec Savings Bank Assets: $1.1 billion Location: Augusta, Maine kennebecsavings.bank […]

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