Business View Civil & Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 8

89 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 8 Independence C BANKING ON A ROBUST FUTURE N estled amid the gorgeous scenery of northeastern Arkansas is Independence County, one of the state’s most historic communities. Officially formed from Lawrence County on October 20, 1820, it was named in honor of the Declaration of Independence. The municipality proudly celebrates its legacy while simultaneously preparing for its future. Its largest town of Batesville is also the county seat and travellers come from far and wide to have fun at places like the Batesville Motor Speedway and Blanchard Springs Caverns. Whether it’s history, outdoor adventure, or shopping, Independence County offers everyone a uniquely memorable experience. “We are singularly the only ‘Independence County’ in the United States, so, you must believe this is the finest place in all of America to live,” declares County Judge Robert Griffin. “There are many reasons why, but the main one I know is that our area’s successes ride heavily upon the shoulders of our homegrown lending institutions, Citizens Bank and First Community Bank.” Both banks are headquartered in Batesville and are locally owned, operated, and focus on the needs of the community. Adam Mitchell, CEO of Citizens Bank, echoes Griffin, saying, “We are one of the few counties in the nation with two banks exceeding $1 billion