FirstBank Sponsors First Fridays and Carbondale Arts

Amy Kimberly, Carbondale Arts

FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” had a groundbreaking ceremony on February 26, 2019 at 791 Highway 133 in Carbondale for its newest branch location, and they also announced their sponsorship of First Fridays in Carbondale, AND their $10K donation to Carbondale Arts.

FirstBank Focuses on Community

The branch, which represents FirstBank’s first location in Carbondale and continued growth in the Roaring Fork Valley, is expected to create at least eight new full-time jobs. It also signals FirstBank’s broader commitment to the community, including cultivating partnerships with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and local nonprofit Carbondale Arts.

FirstBank Sponsors First Fridays and Carbondale Arts
Dave Portman, Amy Kimberly (Executive Director of Carbondale Arts), Katherine Rich (Rosybelle Bus Coordinator, Carbondale Arts), Brendan Matthias
FirstBank Sponsors First Fridays and Carbondale Arts
Brad Faber (B&H General Contractors), Brendan Matthias, Dave Portman, Briston Peterson (Brikor), Kristin Garwood (Carbondale Chamber Board Member), Mayor Dan Richardson (Town of Carbondale), (Executive Director of Carbondale Arts).

During the ceremony, Mayor Dan Richardson spoke along with FirstBank’s Roaring Fork Valley Market President Dave Portman, who presented a $10,000 donation to Carbondale Arts in support of its art youth education program. Arts Education Coordinator Katherine Rich and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Board Member Sarah Murray were also onsite to say a few remarks.

“WE ARE EXCITED TO DEEPEN OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN AND AROUND CARBONDALE … PARTNERING WITH THE CARBONDALE CHAMBER AND CARBONDALE ARTS — WHO ARE ALREADY DOING GREAT WORK LOCALLY — HELPS OUR MISSION OF MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.”

David Portman

FirstBank also announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of the Chamber’s “First Fridays Carbondale,” a monthly event that celebrates the town’s arts, shopping and dining culture. The sponsorship will enable the Chamber to expand the event’s reach and leverage FirstBank’s growing digital channels, while benefitting participating businesses.


“THE CARBONDALE CHAMBER WELCOMES FIRSTBANK TO THE CARBONDALE COMMUNITY … WE LOOK FORWARD TO MARKETING AND PROMOTING FIRSTBANK, ALONGSIDE OUR 480+ MEMBERS, IN OUR CONTINUED EFFORTS TO
MAKE CARBONDALE A MORE VITAL AND DYNAMIC PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND VISIT.”

ANDREA STEWART, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CARBONDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

The Carbondale branch is expected to open in October and will occupy just under 5,500 square feet. The new space will be designed by local firm, A4, with Carbondale’s own B&H General Contractors acting as general contractor.

About FirstBank

FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $18 billion in assets and operates more than 115 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing more than $65 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving all employees a financial stake in the bank’s success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. For more information, visit http://www.efirstbank.com.

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