Apr 14, 2014

What does Community Banking Mean to Us?

Bank of Luxemburg is proud to be a community bank. That means that all the members of the extended Bank of Luxemburg “family” are happy to serve our friends and neighbors, support our local economy and take part in hometown activities.

Community Banks Keep Rural America Growing
Just one of the many ways community banks build more economically
sustainable communities.

Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2014)—Community banks keep rural America growing by lending to local farmers and ranchers, said the Independent Community Bankers of America ® (ICBA) and thousands of its community bank members that are celebrating ICBA Community Banking Month this month. Community banks are able to serve as financial first responders to the agricultural community because they operate locally—knowing their marketplace—and putting local deposits back to work in their communities through loans to local farmers, ranchers, residents and small businesses.

“Community banks are pivotal to the overall health and financial success of rural America because they provide an overwhelming share of credit to local farmers,” said ICBA Chairman John H. Buhrmaster, president of 1st National Bank of Scotia, N.Y. “Many community banks have been serving farmers for well over 100 years. And because community banks are small business owners—like farmers and ranchers—they are better able to serve their agricultural customers because they know both the local market and have highly specialized expertise in the agriculture business.”

Community banks have consistently been the largest provider of agricultural credit within the commercial banking sector and are often the catalysts for new and expanded business opportunities within their communities to ensure long-term economic viability and vitality. In fact, community banks with assets under $10 billion provide more than 75 percent of all commercial bank agricultural loans, and banks with assets less than $1 billion provide nearly 60 percent of all commercial bank agricultural financing.

Community banks stimulate rural economies in a multitude of ways, including creating off-farm jobs, maintaining the local tax base and facilitating development of the infrastructure and public services necessary to keep rural communities vibrant.

“We pride ourselves in being the community bank in Kewaunee, Door and Kewaunee Counties and being there for their financial needs,” said John Slatky, President of the Bank of Luxemburg.  “When our farms and rural businesses do well, our communities thrive.  The Bank of Luxemburg is there to support these businesses”