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First National Bank Alaska Receives National Recognition


Anchorage, AK – First National Bank Alaska is one of only seven banks in the nation recognized for its contributions to the community at the American Bankers Association National Conference for Community Bankers in Hollywood, Fla. on Feb. 23.  First National was awarded for its efforts in the Reaching out to the Underserved category.

The bank used the Title VI Loan Guarantee Program made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program as part of its rural outreach program to help serve remote, underserved rural communities throughout Alaska. First National was also recognized in the national bank award for its public awareness campaign to help Alaskans understand the primary drivers of the state’s economy.

The ABA selection committee awarded seven banks from a field of more than 100 nominations based on the innovation, creativity and effectiveness of the bank’s approach to making a difference in its community.

“First National Bank Alaska is honored to receive this award which represents our commitment to helping Alaskans succeed,” Vice Chairman Betsy Lawer said. “Our bank and its employees distinguish themselves for their longstanding commitment of giving back to Alaskans and the communities in which they live and work.”

Entries were divided into seven categories including helping to achieve homeownership, encouraging volunteerism, fundraising for foundations and local groups, improving financial literacy, reaching out to the underserved, building with Habitat for Humanity and revitalizing your community.

The ABA Community Bank Awards program was established in 2005 to recognize community banks’ outstanding charitable achievements.

Established in 1922, First National is Alaska’s largest Alaskan-owned and operated bank, with ATMs and 30 branches in 18 communities throughout Alaska. More information about First National is available at www.FNBAlaska.com

The American Bankers Association brings together banks of all sizes and charters into one association. ABA works to enhance the competitiveness of the nation's banking industry and strengthen America’s economy and communities. Its members – the majority of which are banks with less than $125 million in assets – represent over 95 percent of the industry’s $13.3 trillion in assets and employ over 2 million men and women.
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