News Release

For Immediate Release

Bank of the West Investment Supports Historic Downtown Improvements

Neighborhood projects will promote small business development through pedestrian-friendly upgrades

 Omaha, NE – November 7, 2013 – Bank of the West is supporting three neighborhood projects in Omaha aimed at beautifying historic downtown areas. Through the bank’s $7,500 investment, three neighborhood associations will implement projects with the specific goal of attracting and retaining residents and businesses.

“We’ve seen the positive change that can happen over time when organizations come together to invest time, talent and treasure in the community,” said Bob Dalrymple, executive vice president and head of the Great Plains Division for Bank of the West.  “We are committed to the neighborhoods in which we operate and serve, and we’re pleased that, through this Neighborhood Grant Program, individuals, families and local merchants will enjoy the tangible improvements in the community.”

In this first year of the Bank of the West Neighborhood Grant Program, the bank partnered with the Benson-Ames Neighborhood Alliance, the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, and the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. Each alliance in turn worked with their local neighborhood association to propose an improvement project. The following neighborhood projects received a Bank of the West grant:

The Benson-Ames Alliance, in partnership with the Benson Neighborhood Association, is improving the east entrance to downtown Benson. Located at 58th and Maple Street, the new East Entrance will include new signage, landscaping, and public improvements that showcase the historic business district.

 The Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, in partnership with the Blackstone Neighborhood Association, is purchasing and installing light pole banners for the Blackstone Business District. The new banners will brand and market the business district, attracting customers to current businesses, and potential businesses to vacant buildings.

 The South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, in partnership with the Old Market South Neighborhood Association, is installing public benches along the historical 10th Street corridor. The benches will improve the use and walkability of the corridor, while increasing investment in the neighborhood.

The goal of each project is to attract new or retain existing residents and businesses to the neighborhood. Diana C. Failla, President, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, said the opportunity helped build collaborations within the Omaha community: “The investment from Bank of the West is not only helping to make meaningful improvements in our community, but has already helped create an infrastructure where our Neighborhood Associations can work with the Neighborhood Alliances to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.”

About Bank of the West

Founded in 1874, $64 billion-asset Bank of the West (, member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.


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Lily Ruiz, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications