Availa Bank gives building to WC Chamber
‘We are honored to be donating this building to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce’
WEBSTER CITY — Availa Bank on Thursday gave the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce the building in which it has housed its offices for decades.
The bank made the formal presentation of the building at 628 Second St., in downtown Webster City, to the Chamber during a quarterly Chamber coffee.
The Chamber’s executive director welcomed the gift.
“We are thrilled to be entrusted with the stewardship of this wonderful historic building,” Linda Christensen said.
Availa Bank acquired the building during its purchase of First American Bank earlier this year.
“We are honored to be donating this building to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce,” Scott Bargfrede, Availa Bank’s Webster City market president and senior loan officer said. “The Chamber has a long history of hard work and commitment to our community and it is with great pride that we are able to give back to them.
“I hope this donation reflects Availa Bank’s commitment to our local community as we look forward to our continued partnership with the Chamber for many years to come.”
Jeff Scharfenkamp, Availa Bank’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “Availa Bank is very pleased with our investment and presence in the Webster City community. We are very happy to be donating this building to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and trust that it will assist them in their mission to serve the community.
“As a long-time community bank, we realize that a strong community bank requires a strong investment back into the places where we work and live. We are proud to be a part of the Webster City area and believe this donation is a tangible way to show our commitment.”
Christianson said she and her staff are pleased to continue operating from the historic building.
“It’s the only stone building downtown,” she said. “We’re looking at doing some updates coming in 2018.”
Availa’s chief financial officer also talked about the donation.
“We’re about a year out from our announcement last December that we were acquiring three branches from First American Bank,” said Jackie Mahler. “So we wanted to come here today say thank you. We’re excited to be here as a community bank. We wanted to thank the communities for welcoming us.”
The bank officials presented members of the Chamber board of directors with a plaque commemorating the donation.
Availa Bank has roots dating back to 1870. In addition to the Webster City Availa Bank, it has locations in Carroll, Coon Rapids, Arcadia, Council Bluffs, Jewell, Fort Dodge, Roland and Pocahontas.