WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College officially dedicated its new Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement on April 6.
A little more than a week later, the PCC Foundation held its first fundraiser in the new building, and much of the event took place outside, in the patio area sponsored by TowneBank.
PCC Development Officer John Bacon recently spoke with TowneBank Greenville President Greg Steele about the bank and its support for PCC. The interview went as follows:
Q: Tell us about TowneBank and what makes you different from other banks …
A: We are a 23-year-old financial services organization that is deeply focused on each community that we serve. We are committed to providing exquisite service to our members and serving in a leadership role in promoting the social, cultural and economic well-being of our community.
Q: TowneBank has been in the local community for several years. Why was it important for you to partner with Pitt Community College?
A: Our bank’s culture is designed around “serving others and enriching lives” and we see our culture and the mission of PCC as being perfectly matched.
Q: How do the educational services PCC provides benefit TowneBank?
A: PCC is educating and training our community’s future leaders, while also allowing older adults to re-direct their career paths. The numerous PCC graduates help to provide an ever-improving skilled labor force, which benefits our bank as we seek to establish new relationships with members and new businesses in our community that come out of PCC. The true benefit, though, is to our overall community, as PCC graduates either continue their educational path or assimilate into our community, where their skilled labor is most certainly needed by our business community.
Q: When is your new branch in Greenville expected open, and what services will it provide?
A: Construction is progressing nicely on our new office, and we hope to be open by either the end of this year or the first month of 2024. We will have our banking operations on the first floor, and Towne Insurance and Towne Benefits will be located on the 2nd floor. Our banking operation will have a drive thru, night drop and an ATM, and we look forward to welcoming our members and prospects to our new location.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: Thank you for everything that PCC does for our community. We are honored to be able to partner with PCC on its new facility. Dr. Rouse and the PCC board and leadership should be commended for the impact that you are having on the lives of so many in our community.