We are thrilled to have launched our first “branch of the future” with the official opening of our new Oconee branch in April. (See the article in this newsletter on the ribbon cutting ceremony/open house.) This new concept in service will leverage technology to help us become more efficient, while still offering staff to assist members whenever needed. Our staff is available to teach members how to utilize our technology to make conducting their financial business easy, and we are excited to offer this innovative branch to our members.
Speaking of innovation, we are pleased to have been able to help make the new Arts and Cultural Complex coming to downtown Lawrenceville a reality. Peach State has been a proud supporter of the Aurora Theatre for many years because we believe the arts enrich our communities, and we value the Aurora’s work with local school systems to enhance arts education. When the theatre teamed up with the Downtown Development Authority of Lawrenceville and Georgia Gwinnett College to create the new complex, Peach State was happy to assist in the endeavor by selling our Lawrenceville branch to the Downtown Development Authority. While we have enjoyed our current location in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville, we were willing to sell the property at a fair price because we believe the benefit to the community surpasses the value of the location to the credit union. We have acquired property for a new facility just three blocks down the street where we plan to build a new state of the art branch, which will retain traditional service components as well as incorporate the latest technology, much like our Oconee branch. We anticipate moving in the second half of 2018 without interruption of service to our members. We will keep you informed of new developments as they arise.
As the school year came to a close, we concluded our first year of the intern program with Central Gwinnett High School. Last year we had seven paid interns who spent their summer learning about the credit union difference and how Peach State serves our members. These interns then staffed the Central Gwinnett High School branch during the school year. The program’s first year was very successful and we were highly impressed with our interns. Our second group of interns has been selected and will be spending time at Peach State this summer to prepare for their work at the CGHS branch this fall. We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this inspiring public-private collaboration that supports education, and we look forward to working with, teaching and learning from our new group of interns in the coming year.