Northwestern Bank Recognized For Adopt-A-Highway Volunteerism

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH., MARCH 25, 2012—Northwestern Bank’s four Leelanau County offices have received a certificate from Governor Rick Snyder for their participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Northwestern has offices in Suttons Bay, Leland and at the base of the peninsula at the intersection of M-22 and M-72. The Leelanau offices had two highway pick-ups during 2012 and are scheduling three for 2013.

“Leelanau County is so beautiful,” said Chris Milliron, manager of Northwestern’s Downtown Suttons Bay office. “We have a lot of fun helping to keep it a little cleaner.”

For the 2012 season, Chris and his team of volunteers—a total of 18 Northwestern Bank employees from the bank’s Leelanau County offices—cleaned a two-mile section of M-204 from approximately S. Lake Leelanau Drive to French Road.

Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up. The goal of the program is to clean the roadsides before mowing cycles and tourism periods, typically April through October.

Northwestern Bank was chartered in 1955 and is now the largest independent community bank in northern Michigan. A growing financial institution with more than $840 million in assets, the bank is one of the leading mortgage, consumer, and commercial lenders in the region. Based in Traverse City, Northwestern Bank offers complete banking, investment and trust, and employee benefit services from 28 offices throughout northern Lower Michigan. Northwestern is known for its "I can do that!" approach to service, which empowers employees to make decisions on the spot to meet customer needs and exceed their expectations.

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