Tra Alford, CNB's Community Development Director, represented the Bank June 6th and 7th in Washington, D.C. at the Community Development Bankers Association’s 2018 Peer Forum. This was the CDBA’s largest Peer Forum to date, as they hosted 98 representatives of 48 CDFI banks from throughout the nation. Tra served on a five-member panel which shared best practices for certified Community Development Financial Institutions to follow. Specifically, the panel discussed the importance of forming strategic alliances with representatives of CDFI loan funds and other non-profits to better serve their customers. Tra explained how Citizens National Bank has formed strategic alliances with other CDFIs like Renaissance Community Loan Fund and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas to provide more than $60,000 of down-payment assistance and home-renovation grants to our customers over the past six months.
Citizens National Bank is an independent, Mississippi-owned community bank, which has 26 bank locations in the following Mississippi communities: Meridian, Ridgeland, Madison, Flowood, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Waynesboro, Columbus, Macon, Kosciusko, Carthage, Philadelphia, Quitman, Southaven, and Olive Branch.
The Bank has assets in excess of $1.3 billion and manages over $1 billion in its Wealth Management Division, which is committed to assisting clients with the accumulation, preservation and transfer of wealth.