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The University of Wisconsin-Superior has been serving the educational needs of area residents since 1896. The National Bank of Commerce in Superior has been serving the financial needs of area residents since 1935 and the two institutions have partnered together to dedicate the new National Bank of Commerce Union Landing in theYellowjacket Union. With its recent contribution of $75,000 to the UW-Superior Foundation, the bank continues to show its belief in the University and its students.
On Thursday, December 19 that partnership was celebrated.
"Partnerships for Progress was the theme I started here with and is one that that we still believe in today. It's a deep seeded belief that only through sound, collaborative partnerships that we are going to advance. Not just as a University but as a region and as a city," said University of Wisconsin-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter. She pointed out that the bank has also played a huge role in how the University looks today. Chancellor Wachter added, "I am so pleased with the long relationship we have with the National Bank of Commerce. They have been there throughout our growth and expansion, and for that we are most grateful."
Chancellor Wachter also pointed out the economic partnership that the two institutions are now involved in. An unprecedented, major research program is being launched to focus on economic trends and business opportunities in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, the findings of which will be presented every six months at Regional Economic Indicators Forums.
National Bank of Commerce is coordinating the funding and ongoing research for the project that experts from UW-Superior and other educational partners are involved in. Analyses of key regional indicators will be used by business and government leaders to help spur economic growth, and regional collaboration.
Bruce Thompson, president of the Wisconsin banks of the National Bank of Commerce is also proud of the working relationship the school and the bank have. "If you look at the economic engine that this University is for this community and the economic engine that National Bank of Commerce is at 520 million dollars in assets for this community, it is only natural that we partner and grow relationships to make this community stronger."
Thompson noted the human resources the two share as well, by hiring interns from the school and finding employees as well. "The University is producing great talent and we are hiring great talent and putting it to use and we don't want to forget that partnership as well because human resources are so important."
National Bank of Commerce employees not only live and work in the Superior and surrounding area, they have attended and graduated from UW-Superior. Currently 13 UW-Superior graduates are now working for the National Bank of Commerce in various capacities around the Twin Ports and they were recognized at the dedication event.
Jeremy Egnash is the finance director at the National Bank of Commerce and knows perhaps best, the working relationship the two have. He is from Superior, graduated from UW-Superior in 2001 with an accounting degree; he also interned at NBC while in high school and college and was later hired full-time. "I never left Superior, and always wanted to stay in Superior. Going to school here and getting a job at NBC, locally-owned, community bank was challenging and a great fit for me," Egnash said.
The National Bank of Commerce has had a long connection with the University by helping to sponsor numerous events and programs over the decades. As a recent example, earlier this season the 4th annual Merrill Thompson Memorial men's basketball tournament was held at UW-Superior and sponsored in part, by the National Bank of Commerce.
"The National Bank of Commerce has been an amazingly supportive community partner of the University and our students. From hiring our graduates to its generous charitable contributions - we are genuinely grateful for all they do," said Jeanne Thompson, the vice-chancellor for University Advancement and the executive director of the UW-Superior Foundation.
The National Bank of Commerce has contributed to several recent projects and priorities on campus:
· Marcovich Wellness Center
· Student Scholarships
· Yellowjacket Athletics
· Superior Fund
· Hall of Fame
· Alumni Association
For over 80 years, the National Bank of Commerce has been serving the communities of the Twin Ports of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The National Bank of Commerce has six area locations and you can find branch offices in Superior, Duluth, Hermantown, Poplar and Solon Springs.
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