Strong Communities Award

Voting is open July 15-19!

Every year the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines highlights the leadership and work of our member financial institutions and their community partners by awarding the Strong Communities Award.

Now in its sixth year, the award demonstrates the value that communities throughout the FHLB Des Moines district derive from small business and economic development projects. The award recognizes collaboration and leadership in communities by measuring the results of these projects and their impact on creating stronger communities.

2019 Strong Communities Award Finalists

The following seven projects - four in the Urban category and three in the Rural category - were selected as finalists for the 2019 Strong Communities Award. 

Between Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8 AM and Friday, July 19 at 5:00 PM, you will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite project. The voting will serve as a component of the final selection process, with the winner in each category receiving $15,000 to further support small business and economic development efforts in their community.  Voters will be limited to one vote per category in a 24-hour period.

Rural Project Finalists

Vote for one of the following three projects in the Rural category.

Central Pacific Bank

Wai’anae, Hawaii

Central Pacific Bank

MA`O Organic Farms has collaborated with Central Pacific Bank and Kamehameha Schools to revive community food systems in Wai’anae – creating jobs, providing locally grown organic produce to the community and retaining and matriculating youth.

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Farmers Savings Bank

Marshalltown, Iowa

Farmers Savings Bank

Farmers Savings Bank and Marshall Economic Development collaborated to create and implement an interest-free loan deferred-payment micro-loan program to small businesses affected by a tornado in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Peoples Bank and Trust

Troy, Missouri

Peoples Bank and Trust

In 2018, Bread for Life Food Pantry (BFL) in Troy, Missouri served 5,327 families and 19,166 individuals - thirty-five percent of those individuals are children 18 or younger.

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Urban Project Finalists

Vote for one of the following four projects in the Urban category.

Enterprise Bank and Trust and Midwest BankCentre

St. Louis, Missouri

Enterprise Bank and Trust and Midwest BankCentre

Beyond Housing, in partnership with Enterprise Bank and Trust and Midwest BankCentre has created over $50 million in development in the City of Pagedale in North St. Louis County.

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Sunrise Banks

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunrise Banks

Hope Community launched a development project in one of the most diverse communities in the state.

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First Federal Bank of Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

First Federal Bank of Kansas City

reStart is working to end homelessness in Kansas City, and is the largest homeless service provider in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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First National Bank Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

First National Bank Alaska

Path to Independence (P2I) is a public-private partnership and housing pilot program working to stabilize housing in Anchorage.

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Questions?

Contact Mitch Fastenau at mfastenau@fhlbdm.com.