HARVARD – The Harvard Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) has received a $10,000 grant from First National Bank (FNB).

The grant was awarded to support the HEDC’s ongoing work to create jobs in the Harvard community, according to FNB Vice President Michael Morris. “The Harvard EDC earned the grant due to its relentless work in organizing the Harvard Woodstock Enterprise Zone to help attract new businesses to Harvard and to make our community a better place to live and work,” said Morris, who is also a member of the HEDC’s Board of Directors.

The HEDC submitted a grant application, which was funded due to the bank’s desire ‘to support organizations that are helping to create jobs and improve the communities that we serve’, noted Morris. The funds will be used toward ongoing programs.

FNB, formerly Castle Bank N.A., is a charter member of the HEDC. In 2015, the bank awarded more than $1.69 million in community development grants to organizations across its seven-state service area.

First National Bank has 14 locations in Illinois (www.fnbil.com). Its Illinois branches were rebranded from Castle Bank N.A. to First National Bank in 2015. FNB will celebrate its 160th anniversary in 2017.

“The HEDC greatly appreciates the continued commitment and support of FNB to the HEDC and the Harvard community,” HEDC Chairman Roger Lehmann said. “They have proven to be a true partner to our work.”

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Attached Photo Caption: The Harvard Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors stands in front of the Welcome to Harvard sign on South Route 14 to celebrate the First National Bank grant. Shown left to right: Verne Sisson, Harvard Savings Bank/State Bank Group; Dave Nelson, City of Harvard; Michael Morris, First National Bank; Mayor Jay Nolan; Mark Stricker, Arrowhead Industrial Park; Roger Lehmann, The Harvard State Bank; HEDC Executive Director Charlie Eldredge. The sign will be lit at night, starting in October.

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