First Merchants Bank opens new banking center in Columbus Ohio area — Muncie Journal

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Northland Banking Center is the eighth location in the Columbus area

COLUMBUS, Ohio First Merchants Bank has opened a new banking center in the Northland neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The banking center is First Merchants Bank’s eighth location in the region. As part of its community-focused banking philosophy, First Merchants partners with several local organizations focused on improving financial well-being, supporting greater homeownership, and facilitating economic growth and vitality in Northland and surrounding areas.

“Our success depends on the financial health of the communities we serve,” said Mark Hardwick, CEO of First Merchants Bank. “We are a community bank with a true ‘help you thrive’ banking approach. Our commitment to the Northland community is focused on providing individuals and businesses with equal access to financial capital opportunities.

“We look forward to our member and partner, First Merchants Bank, being a great resource for business owners in the Northland neighborhood,” said Jill Frost, chair of the board of the Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce. (COAACC). “We know that First Merchants Bank is not just ‘setting up’ as a business, but will continue to forge meaningful relationships and provide resources that strengthen small businesses in the community.”

“Supporting our communities is not just a responsibility, but a passion,” said Jennifer Griffith, Regional President of First Merchants Bank. “We believe the best way to create real, lasting impact is to start locally, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at Northland.”

First Merchants Bank partners with Africentric Personal Development Shop, Community of Caring Development Foundation, ECDI, Godman Guild Association, Homes on the Hill, IMPACT Community Action, MY Project USA, NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio, Ohio CDC Association and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

They have partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) on a five-year commitment to invest $1.4 billion in their communities, including access to new branches, relief programs installments and more. The bank is expanding access to its services by adding new banking centers or loan origination offices in Marion County (IN), Lake County (IN), Franklin County (OH) and Wayne County (MID). This is the third addition to this commitment, having previously opened a banking center in the Avondale Meadows community in Indianapolis and a loan origination office in Indianapolis.

First Merchants Bank’s Northland Banking Centre, located at 1925 Morse Road, is a financial center for individuals, families and businesses in the community. The bank has invested in its staffing with helpful, attentive and reliable bankers and lenders who are empowered to help community members prosper through a range of services. This includes everything from setting up a bank account and using the First Merchants Bank digital app on their phones for day-to-day money management, to learning about budgeting, saving for the future and navigating home ownership.

About First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME), with assets of approximately $18 billion and operating in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, is the parent company of First Merchants Bank. The Muncie, Indiana-based bank is committed to providing exceptional financial services while making meaningful contributions to every community it serves. First Merchants Bank promotes economic mobility through its five community pillars: employee empowerment; community investments and charitable donations; financial well-being; community home loan; and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The company has been honored for excellence in banking by Forbes, Newsweek and S&P Global Intelligence and credits this recognition to a team that is mission-focused and passionate about helping you thrive. To see how First Merchants Bank makes a difference, visit (

Michael J. Birnbaum