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File #: 170931    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/26/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/26/2017
Title: Celebrating United Bank of Philadelphia on Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Its Founding.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Signature17093100.pdf
Celebrating United Bank of Philadelphia on Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Its Founding.

WHEREAS, United Bank of Philadelphia ("United Bank") is an African American controlled and managed bank holding company. It serves the citizens and businesses of the Philadelphia Region with three branches located in the Center City, North Philadelphia and Mount Airy Neighborhoods of the City; and

WHEREAS, United Bank was chartered in 1992 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Banking. With receipt of its Charter, United Bank made history as the first commercial bank established in Pennsylvania and the only commercial bank headquartered in the City of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The number of Black Owned Banks ("BOBs") in the United States has declined by 54 percent since the year 2000. While minority-owned banks as a whole control over $208 billion in assets, BOBs control just over $5 billion. As of 2017, there are only 23 African American-owned banks in the United States insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and United Bank is the only bank in this category in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, BOBs like United Bank tend to serve low-income customers with limited assets. Research has indicated that BOBs are more likely to serve communities that are deprived of mainstream banking services, and are therefore able to provide safe and affordable bank accounts, mortgages and loans to communities that had previously been excluded from the market; and

WHEREAS, Community-based banks like United Bank constitute over 99 percent of all banks in the United States. Community banks' boards of directors are typically made up of local citizens, and are more empowered to fund local business loans based on the borrower's character rather than their credit history; and

WHEREAS, The priority of United Bank is to improve the local communities it serves through strategies that empower marginalized peoples. United Bank has maintained...

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