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The same resolve that saved the struggling rural communityof Leighton, Alabama 72 years ago continues to shape theeconomic health and quality of life across North Alabama.

“Faced with the unexpected loss of the area’s only bank in1947, a group of farmers in Colbert County took charge oftheir community’s future. They wanted local control and hada shared commitment to making the community a betterplace to live and work. They formed what would eventuallybe known as Bank Independent,” explains Rick Wardlaw,CEO and 20-year veteran of Bank Independent. “One ofthose founders, Ed Mauldin, believed the maxim that ‘arising tide lifts all boats.’ He and the founders, and his sonsafter him, were committed to the idea that the bank wouldbe successful only if it made a positive difference inpeople’s lives.”

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