Pictured in the center here is Mike Bryant, Executive Vice President and Area Executive for the West Region of Southern Bank presenting a $25,000 check to Frank Harrison (left) and Don Williams (right) from the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.


Rocky Mount NC – Southern Bank and Trust Company has committed a significant contribution to the Carolinas Gateway Partnership during the current five year Capital Campaign and Mike Bryant,  Executive Vice President and Area Executive for the West Region of the Bank will join the Partnership’s Executive Committee.

During a presentation held at the Carolinas Gateway Partnership offices in Rocky Mount, Bryant presented a check for $25,000 to Don Williams, newly elected chairman of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership as well as to Frank Harrison, Past Chairman of the Partnership.  There will be four other annual payments provided for the Partnership’s current five year capital campaign.

“For the past 20 years, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership has achieved very real and  measurable benefits for Edgecombe and Nash Counties.  Over 78 companies have relocated to the Twin Counties bringing with them 8,500 new jobs and over $1 billion investment in our area.   This commitment by Southern Bank is significant and vitally important to our ability to continue being the engine for economic development for this region,” commented Williams.

During the check presentation ceremony, Bryant noted that Southern Bank maintains 12 of its 70 total offices in Edgecombe and Nash Counties.  The bank currently has a staff of approximately in the Twin Counties.  Southern Bank has assets in excess of $2 billion and currently operates in Eastern North Carolina and Southeast Virginia.

The new $5 million Southern Bank 18,000 square foot Business Center is under construction in Rocky Mount.  It is anticipated that the new Church Street facility will open for operations in the summer of 2016.

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