We are pleased to announce that on March 3, 2017 the BNCRC and Northwest Bank launched a Community Benefits Agreement for the Buffalo-Niagara region. The agreement was announced at the Delavan Grider Community Center after several months of collaboration between the BNCRC and Northwest Bank. The process of collaboration and meetings between the BNCRC and Northwest Bank began after Northwest acquired 18 formerly First Niagara branches in the wake of the Key-First Niagara merger. The plan has a timeline of five years which began on March 3. Included in the plan is a goal of increased lending to low-income individuals and people of color. We believe this plan will be crucial for reinvestment across the city and for changing the way Buffalo banks engage with communities. Read the press release.