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January 30, 2007
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First Citizens receives Large Lender of the Year award from S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority
Columbia, S.C., January 30, 2007 – First Citizens has been recognized as the 2006 Large Lender of the Year from the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
This is the first time First Citizens has won this award and is a recognition of First Citizens’ commitment to the community it serves. Partnering with the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority, First Citizens funded $7,984,984 in loans to first time homebuyers in 2006. First Citizens was also a leader in hosting first time homebuyer seminars and held a first-time homebuyer promotion at all First Citizens branches in South Carolina.
“Here at First Citizens we take pride in working alongside a great organization such as the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority,” said First Citizens Chairman and CEO Jim Apple. “To help so many people achieve their dreams of owning a home is a privilege.”
“This award reflects the continuing effort First Citizens’ associates have made in helping the members of our community achieve that dream of homeownership,” added Wade Douroux, mortgage director at First Citizens.
First Citizens will be recognized during a noon awards presentation at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Feb. 1.
First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc, and The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its 166 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of September 30, 2006, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $5.64 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.