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Mark Sklarz in the New Haven Register: "New Bank Rooted in Community"

Publisher: New Haven Register
March 10, 2010

New Haven Corporate and Business partner Mark Sklarz is known for being active in the community and that work was captured in a March 10 story in the New Haven Register about a new community bank geared to first-time bankers. First City Fund Corp., a nonprofit of which Mark is president, is the parent company of the bank.

From the Register:

Start Community Bank plans to offer traditional bank account products, as well as services that target underserved markets, such as entry-level accounts for consumers who would be dealing with a banking institution for the first time in their lives.

"The leadership of this new bank will be right here in New Haven, neither out of state nor out of country, but right here on your block. We intend to serve our neighbors and small businesses on their path to the future as partners, to be in their corner," said Mark Sklarz, president of First City Fund Corp.

First City Fund Corp. was the first and principal funder of the Elm City Resident ID Card and contributed to the ROOF Program, a partnership of the city, the Jerome Frank Clinic at Yale University Law School and the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund. ROOF helps families under the threat of mortgage foreclosure.

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