Financial Institution Donates to Forward Leadership Programming

The Provident BankPORTSMOUTH, N.H., April 1, 2011—Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that positively impacts Seacoast communities through the development of knowledgeable leaders, announced The Provident Bank has signed on as a Program Day sponsor after receiving a generous $500 donation from the financial institution. This sponsorship provided support specifically for the development of Economic Development Day which was held recently at One Liberty Lane in Hampton, New Hampshire.

The fifth of nine program days, Economic Development Day is designed to engage students in discussions with leaders in the economic development of the seacoast and challenges that lie ahead for our economy and communities.  The day captured the diversity of the regional economic landscape with its varied speakers which included presentations from Stonewall Kitchens, The Meat House, Seacoast Local, and Timberland.

The day opened with a check presentation by Matt Halfmann and Allison Fields both of The Provident Bank. An independent community bank dedicated to providing sound financial products to its customers, The Provident Bank continues to uphold its commitment to the community by donating a portion of earnings each and every year to local charitable organizations.“We are so grateful for the bank’s continued support of our mission to engage and inform area business leaders,” said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director, Leadership Seacoast.

The day progressed with presentations by Kittery Town Manger, Jon Carter, who tackled smart growth and sprawl and Mark Galvin, representing New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center (NH-ICC), shared his vision to create sustainable, high-value, private-sector jobs in New Hampshire by nurturing the development and commercialization of technology and other innovations within the borders of the state. Presentations concluded with Jay McSharry who shared his small businesses success story and how it impacted the business landscape in the Seacoast.