April is Community Banking Month, and the Missouri Independent Bankers Association (MIBA) is encouraging Missouri consumers and small business owners to GO Local by banking locally with a community bank. Because community banks put local deposits back to work in the community, and are financial first responders both in good times and in bad, consumers will be reinvesting in their neighborhood and making it a better place to live and work for generations to come.
Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon has joined his colleagues across the United States in proclaiming April as Missouri Community Banking Month. “We are pleased the governor recognizes the importance of community banking in Missouri,” said Darrell Harke, President of the Missouri Independent Bankers Association and President/CEO, Bank of Old Monroe. “I’m proud to be a community banker and I think it’s a great idea to celebrate Community Banking Month by encouraging consumers and small business owners to Go Local so they also can realize the benefits of banking locally, and make a real difference in their community and local economy.”
Independent community banks are locally owned and operated institutions whose officers, directors and staff are dedicated to customer and community service. They provide personal attention to the needs of the citizens and towns in which they serve by investing in real estate, consumer, small business and agricultural loans in their communities.
Missouri Independent Bankers Association is a statewide trade association exclusively representing independent community banks serving over 400 communities across the state.