North Shore Bank Marks 20 Years of Investment in King Drive Community

Bank joins with Mayor Barrett, Alderwoman Coggs, Historic King Drive BID leaders and local children to reveal contents of 1996 time capsule and look toward a successful future


MILWAUKEE, Wis. – North Shore Bank marked the 20th anniversary of its King Drive branch and took a look toward the future Monday with the opening of a time capsule containing memories of the community’s past that was sealed when the bank office opened in 1996.

Bank officials joined Mayor Tom Barrett, Ald. Milele Coggs and Historic King Drive Business Improvement District Executive Director Deshea Agee to celebrate the branch, which when it opened was one of the first complete-service bank offices to be built in Milwaukee’s central city in a number of years. A group of 3- and 4-year-olds from Pristine Child Care, located across the street from the bank, helped create a mural for a new time capsule, to be sealed in the building cornerstone along with the original 1996 capsule.

Other items to be placed into the new time capsule include current newspapers, sample of chip-based debit card technology, 2016-minted coins, business cards from those who participated in the 20th anniversary event, a newspaper from the day the nation elected the first African American President, images of online banking and mobile banking services offered today by the bank and pictures of the branch employees and community members during the 20th anniversary celebration.

“Twenty years ago, we stood here celebrating a tremendous investment in the future,” said Jay McKenna, president and chief operating officer for North Shore Bank. “Our neighbors, customers and local children helped us create our first time capsule in 1996. Now in 2016, it is only fitting that they help us take a peek inside and add their contributions for the next generation.”

Barrett, who added an Official Proclamation to the 2016 time capsule, said the bank is in a strong position to continue to be a building block in the central city.
“In 1996, my predecessor, Mayor John Norquist, spoke at the dedication of this building about how this bank office was one additional step toward revitalization of this community,” he said. “This community has grown and changed dramatically in the last two decades. Today, it is part of a vibrant business district that, with strong supporters like North Shore Bank and others, continues to grow and flourish.”
Coggs discussed North Shore Bank’s commitment to the Historic King Drive BID before presenting a city flag for the time capsule.

“This neighborhood has such a strong business community,” she said. “In fact, I was recently here at North Shore Bank recently it partnered with the BID to create a $50,000 revolving loan fund aimed at helping businesses start or grow their presence in the district. Partnerships like this loan fund are great examples of the bank’s constant community commitment to keeping this neighborhood flourishing.”

The daycare students wore special t-shirts as they helped a construction worker and McKenna remove the date plate from the building cornerstone and collect 1996 time capsule contents – including newspaper pages, historic photographs, 1996-minted coins and business cards from those who attended the grand opening – from inside. The Rev. Louis E. Sibley III of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church offered a blessing and the Messmer High School choir performed as part of the ceremony.

“Today, we reinforce North Shore Bank’s commitment to King Drive’s future and respect for its past,” McKenna said. “We have been fortunate to have been a part of this vibrant neighborhood and strong business community for the past two decades, and are excited to continue to be an active part of this neighborhood moving forward.”

North Shore Bank, headquartered in Brookfield, has assets of over $1.8 billion and 45 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Wisconsin locations are in metro Milwaukee, Ozaukee County, Racine, Kenosha, Appleton, Menasha, Green Bay and surrounding areas, Burlington, Union Grove, Muskego, and Door County. The bank is the proud, multi-year recipient of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work for” Award and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Top Workplaces” Award. Locate a North Shore Bank office. You can also connect with the bank on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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