“Local” is the new “green.” You see it everywhere, but especially at farmer’s markets and restaurants. And we can’t argue there—tomatoes from our neighbor’s garden will always taste better than the ones we picked up at the grocery.
But for us, local is, and will always be, more than a zip code or a marketing buzzword. Local is the core of our identity. In fact, First Community Bank was born because our founders recognized that people want to do business with people they know and trust. What they created in 1995 was a true community bank, a place where bankers were neighbors, and relationships were just as important as transactions. This focus on working together is what draws customers to us. And ultimately, it’s what draws a town together.
Being a local bank means that we thrive in places where the sense of local community is as strong as ours. Community is such a guiding value for us that when we decide to open a new banking office, we first conduct a careful study of the town where we’d like the new location to take root. We evaluate a variety of factors, but at the heart of it all, we’re looking to see if the community has a strong local identity. Is there a sense of connectedness? Does the community gather to cheer on their local high school athletes? We believe that when people feel connected by shared experiences and responsibility, they work together to grow and support each other.
And that’s exactly what we set out to do when we founded this community bank 16 years ago. Yes, we’re local simply because you can get to our Midlands headquarters in a fairly short drive. But more importantly, we’re local because we’re your neighbors. We’re connected to you, and it’s our privilege to support you as you grow.