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    First Commonwealth FCU Now Offering Two New Solutions for Small Business Financing

    2022-04-28 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (April 28, 2022) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes (2019 & 2020), is now offering special financing and enhanced business solutions for small business owners. Through its partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA), First Commonwealth FCU can now administer commercial loan options through the SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 programs.

    As the SBA’s most versatile loan program, the 7(a) offers financial assistance of (up to) $5 million for small businesses with special requirements including: short and long-term working capital; refinancing of current business debt; purchasing furniture, fixtures, equipment or inventory; construction of new building or renovation of existing building; establishing a new business; or assisting in the acquisition, operation or expansion of an existing business.

    The 504-loan program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing of (up to) $5.5 million for (up to) 25 years, and is an affordable lending option that can puts owner-occupied commercial real estate and other fixed-asset purchases within reach. Eligible uses include: purchasing owner-occupied commercial real-estate such as an office, manufacturing facility, mixed-use property, etc.; purchasing land and constructing a business location; renovations or improvements to new or existing facilities; or purchasing heavy machinery or equipment.

    First Commonwealths SBA program will be managed by Ray Porambo, Vice President SBA Relationship Manager. Porambo brings extensive experience in originating and overseeing small business loan programs to the First Commonwealth Business Solutions team. He has a strong background working with the U.S. Small Business Administration, proven success in guiding entrepreneurs and offering small business owners with personalized business solutions.

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    First Commonwealth FCU Acquires Baker FCU, Now Serving Consumers & Businesses in Warren County, NJ

    2022-04-01 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA/Phillipsburg, NJ (1-April-2022) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union (Lehigh Valley, PA) has legally acquired Baker-Federal Credit Union (Phillipsburg, NJ). Effective April 1, 2022.

    Baker FCU will now be known as “Baker Federal Credit Union, a division of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union” for an interim period.  First Commonwealth has assumed the assets, share deposits and liabilities of Baker FCU, and has absorbed all the select employee groups previously served by Baker.  As of August 1, 2022, all Baker FCU accounts and members will be fully transitioned to First Commonwealth systems and will continue doing business as First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, with combined assets of more than $1 billion, serving a field of membership consisting of more than 74,000+ members and 1,800+ employer partners. This merger provides First Commonwealth’s first New Jersey financial center, and its 12th retail location, with the conversion of the Phillipsburg Financial Center later this year. 

    Members will continue to be served by the same great people, providing the exceptional service that both credit unions are known for. Donna LoStocco, President & CEO of First Commonwealth FCU, will lead the merged organizations.

    Baker FCU and First Commonwealth FCU announced their intent to merge at the end of 2021, which was approved by the National Credit Union Association NCUA in November and ratified by member vote at a special meeting held on February 7, 2022. For information on the First Commonwealth and Baker merger, please visit www.firstcomcu.org/baker.

  • First Commonwealth FCU to Provide Additional Debt Resolution Options

    2022-03-31 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union (FCFCU), Central Credit Audit (CCA) and Statewide Tax Recovery (STR),  have partnered together to further serve their communities by providing additional debt resolution options.

    As a dedicated member of personal FCFCU, team individuals member will will have review access an to the individual's following circumstance resources and for debt financial resolution:

    - A dedicated personal team member will review an individual's circumstance and financial situation
    - Debtors are eligible for credit counseling and budgeting courses
    - Debtors and clients can see what financial products may be available to them

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    First Commonwealth FCU Names New Chief Lending Officer

    2022-03-17 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (17-March-2022) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, a top-ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is proud to announce the appointment of Terry Grier as Chief Lending Officer. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Terry provides the strategic direction and leadership of consumer lending, business solutions, loan operations and debt resolution.

    Terry joined the First Commonwealth family in October 2021, working very closely with outgoing Chief Lending Officer (Kevin Brown) to ensure a smooth transition. Terry has been instrumental in leading enterprise initiatives, process improvements, optimization and enhancing First Commonwealth’s portfolio of lending products and services, with a key focus on building comprehensive business solutions and positioning First Commonwealth as a trusted financial partner for small businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.

    Terry has extensive experience working collaboratively across all business units to foster organization growth, collaboration, efficiencies, and innovation. Terry holds a BA and MBA (with a concentration in Executive Management) from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio. Terry currently resides in East Norriton, PA with his wife of 20 years.

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    President/CEO of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Named to the Lehigh Valleys Power 100 List

    2022-03-15 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (15-March-2022) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, a top-ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is proud to announce its President/CEO, Donna LoStocco, was named as one of the Lehigh Valley’s 100 most influential and powerful people by Lehigh Valley Business for the second year in a row!

    The Power 100 list is comprised of business and community leaders whose positions give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life as determined by a panel of Lehigh Valley Business editors, giving consideration to those who make our laws, build our homes and highways, protect our health and safety, educate our children, support the vulnerable, and provide the spark that inspires innovation and growth. “As a credit union, we are about people, not profits.  And at First Commonwealth, we’re on a mission to empower the pursuit of financial happiness for our members, friends, neighbors and communities in the Greater Lehigh Valley. I am humbled and honored to be named to the Power 100 list. Congratulations to my colleagues and fellow honorees, there is power in numbers and by continuing the great work we are all doing, we will have a lasting impact on our community,” said LoStocco.

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    First Commonwealth FCU Kicks Off "Year of Giving" Campaign, Investing $100K into its Communities in Celebration of $1 Billion Milestone

    2022-03-01 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA/Phillipsburg, NJ (March-1-2022) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union has surpassed $1 billion in assets at the end of 2021, a significant milestone in the credit union’s 60+ year history.  To celebrate, First Commonwealth has launched a “Year of Giving” campaign and will invest $100,000 back into local communities through generous donations to charities throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley throughout 2022.

    Each month, the First Commonwealth FCU WE Thrive Foundation will make generous contributions to local charitable organizations within the following areas of focus: Family & Youth Services; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Homelessness & Housing; Education & Wellness. “As a member-owned financial cooperative, what's important to our members is important to us. Members will be asked to provide their input to help us determine the charitable organizations we invest in and give to throughout our community”, said LoStocco.

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    Baker Federal Credit Union to Merge with First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union

    2021-12-14 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA/Phillipsburg, NJ (December-14-2021) – Baker Federal Credit Union (Phillipsburg, NJ) has announced its intent to merge with First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union (Lehigh Valley, PA), pending approval from Baker Federal Credit Union members in a special meeting on February 7, 2022. 

    Members will continue to be served by the same great people, providing the exceptional service that both credit unions are known for. Both organizations are committed to providing an exceptional member experience while maintaining the safety and security of members’ assets and data. This merger joins two strong institutions partnering for the right reasons – to do more good for more people.

    The merged credit union will offer its combined 74,000+ members an enhanced experience by bringing together best practices of both credit unions, including optimizing and expanding member convenience through the latest in digital banking, contact center, financial center, and ITM technology, as well as diversification of consumer and business product and service offerings. The credit unions will continue doing business as First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, with combined total assets of more than $1 Billion. This merger will bring First Commonwealth’s first New Jersey financial center, and its 12th retail location, with the opening of the Phillipsburg Financial Center in 2022. For information on the First Commonwealth and Baker merger, please visit firstcomcu.org/baker.  

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Elects Amanda Seddon To Board of Directors

    2021-10-28 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (October-28- 2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is pleased to announce the election of Amanda Seddon to its Board of Directors.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Earns National Account Certification Through Bank On Coalition Continuing to Lead Inclusive Banking in the Lehigh Valley

    2021-07-22 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (22-July-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the Lehigh Valley’s largest credit union and leader in inclusive banking, announces their recent national account certification in support of the Bank On Allentown Coalition. With a mission of “empowering the pursuit of financial happiness,” First Commonwealth FCU is committed to empowering positive change and serving the evolving needs of individuals, families and businesses throughout the diverse Lehigh Valley community. Their Fresh Start Checking Account has earned National Bank On Certification, bringing a new level of inclusivity, access and choice to banking and financial education for unbanked, underbanked and underserved consumers in the Lehigh Valley.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Launches "Business First", Bringing a New Level of Personalized Concierge Business Solutions to the Lehigh Valley

    2021-07-14 | Press and Media

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Lehigh Valley, PA (14-July-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes (2019 & 2020), announces the launch of Business First by First Commonwealth FCU bringing an unmatched level of personalized business solutions and concierge banking to businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. Business First by First Commonwealth FCU offers business members a package of solutions with lower costs, faster service and better value than ever and makes comprehensive business solutions for small and mid-size businesses more inclusive and accessible.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Launches "Work First" Employer Partner Program

    2021-06-15 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (15-June-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes, announces the launch of Work First by First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union. The program brings inclusive access to full-service concierge banking and financial health services directly to the diverse Lehigh Valley workforce, while supporting businesses in enhancing employee engagement and retention.

    Work First by First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union offers employers of any size a unique, comprehensive and long-lasting solution that brings benefits like free 24/7 VIP banking, free investment advisory, free financial counseling, free financial health checks and debt counseling services directly to employees and their families. As businesses look to offer meaningful and robust employee benefits while balancing cost, Work First empowers businesses to immediately build loyalty with employees and their families during the onboarding process, while offering life-changing benefits. Work First is free and open to any business in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

  • First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Proudly Accepts Matricula Consular Card

    2021-05-17 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (17-May 2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes, now proudly accepts the Matrícula Consular de Mexico card as a form of acceptable identification to open new member accounts. As the first credit union in the Lehigh Valley that accepts the Matrícula Consular card, First Commonwealth is paving the way for more inclusive banking.

    Matrícula Consulars give Mexican immigrants a sense of security and enables them to take advantage of asset-building opportunities offered by responsible lenders. “Through our involvement with the Bank On Allentown Coalition as a founding partner, we’ve learned that access to financial services for Mexican citizens living and working in the Lehigh Valley community was not being met, with it being nearly impossible to open a bank account. Matrícula offers us the ability to assure access to essential services and financial wellness resources, while also being compliant with various laws. It is critical for Mexican nationals to have the ability to establish banking relationships to be able to conduct basic transactions, learn how to have a successful relationship with money, in many cases, move funds to relatives in Mexico,” said James Gagliano, Chief Experience Office for First Commonwealth.

    The ID card is proudly accepted at all 11 First Commonwealth locations throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as through its enhanced digital banking platform. “

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Announces 2021 Board of Directors, Ngozi Bell Elected as New Director

    2021-05-11 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (11-May 2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is pleased to announce the election of Ngozi Bell, to its Board of Directors.“The board and management team has worked diligently to ensure that First Commonwealth’s leadership represents our membership and the communities we serve.  I am delighted to welcome Ngozi and look forward to leveraging her significant talent, expertise and energy to help us further our mission,” said Donna LoStocco, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Commonwealth.

     First Commonwealth’s 2021 Board of Directors are: William Ehritz (Chairman), Vince Gorman (Vice Chairman), Eric Schantzenbach (Treasurer), Pete Hance (Secretary), Eugene Auman; Ngozi Bell; Gary Matika; Ritchey Ricci; Stephen Siessmayer; and Stephen Besz (Director, Emeritus). First Commonwealth’s 2021 Associate Board of Directors are Qiana Cressman, Lissette Santana and Amanda Seddon.

  • First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Wins Two Prestigious 'Diamond Awards' For Industry-Leading Marketing Efforts

    2021-04-26 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (26-April-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is proud to announce it has received two awards from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for its annual report and business development entries in the 2021 Diamond Awards marketing competition.

    The annual Diamond Awards are an initiative of CUNA’s Marketing and Business Development Council, a member-led, collaborative community of credit union leaders. As the most prestigious annual credit union industry competition, the Diamond Awards recognizes and rewards creative and strategic excellence in design, branding and media, as well as outstanding results and impact among credit union marketing initiatives.

  • President/CEO of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Named to Lehigh Valleys 'Power 100' List

    2021-04-05 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (5-April-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley, is proud to announce its President/CEO, Donna LoStocco, was named as one of the Lehigh Valley’s 100 most influential and powerful people by Lehigh Valley Business.

     The Power 100 list is comprised of business and community leaders whose positions give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life as determined by a panel of Lehigh Valley Business editors, giving consideration to those who make our laws, build our homes and highways, protect our health and safety, educate our children, support the vulnerable, and provide the spark that inspires innovation and growth.

  • Credit Discrimination Hurts Consumers, Businesses and the Financial Services Industry

    2021-03-22 | Press and Media

     On March 9th, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an interpretive rule clarifying that the prohibition against sex discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act means that lenders cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This was welcome news, but it is not enough. Federal legislation is needed to remove any confusion about what is and what is not credit discrimination. 

     As the President and CEO of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, I am all too aware of the great importance of loans to help all Americans – especially low and middle income individuals and families - achieve their dreams of home ownership. Most lenders would agree with the basic premise that our industry should not stand for credit discrimination. I’d even suggest that credit discrimination harms our community’s attempts to empower the American dream and achieve a higher level of inclusivity

     Thankfully, a federal solution exists. On February 25th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to end legal discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in housing, employment, public accommodation, credit, and jury service. The bill, known as The Equality Act, is now en route to the Senate before it can reach President Biden’s desk for his signature.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Names New Chief Information & Technology Officer, Celebrates 50% Executive Roles Held by Women

    2021-03-08 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (8-March-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in financial services innovation and inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley announced the promotion of Karla Trumbauer to Chief Information and Technology Officer to support strategic Information and Technology transformation, innovation and alignment to the future.

    As a member of the executive leadership team, Karla leads First Commonwealth’s Information & Technology organization. In her new role, she provides strategic direction and leadership for Information & Technology strategy, Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management, Business Applications, Product Management, Foundational Technology Services, Data/Analytics and Facilities. Karla joined First Commonwealth in early 2018 as VP Information Technology and has been instrumental in the organization’s successful and accelerated technology and data transformation, enterprise optimization initiatives and strategic partner integrations.  

    “I’m thrilled to have our leadership ‘dream team’ - with half of our executive roles filled by proven, exceptional women leaders. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and the accomplishments of women throughout history, it’s special to recognize this achievement of one of our own exceptional women leaders. We now have the right people, with the right experience and mindset, in the right roles to accelerate our strategic growth, transformation and alignment to the future," said Donna LoStocco, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Commonwealth.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Names New Chief Experience Officer, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

    2021-02-26 | Press and Media

    Lehigh Valley, PA (26-February-2021) – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, the #1 ranked credit union in PA by Forbes and leader in inclusive banking in the Lehigh Valley announced the appointment of a new Chief Experience Officer, James Gagliano. This key role supports strategic organic growth, retail expansion, community impact and the not-for-profit organization’s award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

    As a member of the executive leadership team, Jim leads First Commonwealth’s Member Experience organization, Investment Services CUSO, Corporate Social Responsibility and its WE Thrive Foundation. In his role, Jim provides strategic direction and leadership for its 11 financial centers, contact center, investment services, corporate social responsibility and employer partner development, and serves as Executive Director of its foundation.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Named Forbes' #1 Pennsylvania Best-In-State Credit Union

    2020-06-30 | Press and Media

    LEHIGH VALLEY, PA. - June 29, 2020 - First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union announced today it has earned the top spot for the second consecutive year as Forbes' #1 Best Credit Union in Pennsylvania and one of America's Best Credit Unions. "Earning this prestigious honor for the second year in a row is a testament to the passion and commitment of our 220+ team members, dedicated volunteer board of directors, more than 67,000 consumer members and 1,500 business members," said Tricia Szurgot, Chief Operating Officer of First Commonwealth.

  • First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Receives Milestone Award

    2019-11-08 | Press and Media

    At the 2019 Annual Meeting for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union received the Milestone Award for their 60th Year in Business.


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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Receives the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award

    2019-08-21 | Press and Media

    In addition to recently being named the top credit union in Pennsylvania, First Commonwealth also earned the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award. The accolade is given to financial institutions that make extraordinary efforts to encourage people to save and to help their communities become more financially stable. First Commonwealth, along with 14 other awardees across the nation, helped 246,677 Americans save a total of $503,575,890!

    As part of their financial wellness efforts, First Commonwealth is also launching a local Lehigh Valley Saves campaign, in partnership with other local organizations, to bring education, resources and tools to the communities they serve.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Earns #1 In-State Credit Union Ranking by Forbes

    2019-07-01 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union was named as the top credit union in Pennsylvania by Forbes Magazine, earning the #1 ranking on their annual 2019 Best-In-State Credit Union list.

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    First Commonwealth Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters

    2019-05-15 | Press and Media

     First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union officially broke ground on their new corporate headquarters in Lower Macungie Township on Tuesday, starting construction on a new 81,000-square-foot mixed-use building and an adjacent 5,000-square-foot financial center.

     The top two floors of the larger building will be occupied by First Commonwealth, with leased retail and office space available on the first floor. The new building will consolidate the credit union’s two existing headquarters locations, bringing together back office, support departments and Contact Center staff that are currently split between offices on Brodhead Road in Hanover Township and Union Boulevard in Allentown.

     

  • First Commonwealth Offers Assistance to Government Employees

    2019-01-25 | Press and Media

    To help ease the hardship caused by the ongoing Federal government shutdown, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is offering assistance and connection to community resources to members that have been financially affected.

  • Credit Union Corner: How Are You Spreading the Word About Credit Unions in Your Community?

    2019-01-01 | Press and Media

     At First Commonwealth, we believe as consumer demands and behaviors evolve, we must continually evolve as well. This includes how we develop our brand strategy and how we communicate our story in the communities we serve. To differentiate our brand and optimize our brand-building investments, we’ve strategically repositioned our brand to be one that is purpose-driven and people-centric.

  • How Might Credit Unions Refine Their Strategies to Develop Wide-Ranging Relationships with Members?

    2019-01-01 | Press and Media

     In today’s market, it is all about the element of experience and being able to evoke emotion in consumers. For credit unions, it ultimately comes down to the quality of experience you deliver to your members…on every channel, with every interaction. An exceptional and consistent member experience will lead to higher member loyalty and increased member engagement.

     

  • First Commonwealth to Centralize Headquarters Operations at New Site

    2018-12-27 | Press and Media

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    BETHLEHEM, Penn.-The $716-million First Commonwealth FCU has announced plans to centralize its corporate operations in a new office building in the Trexler Business Center in Lower Macungie Township.

    It will also open its 12th branch in the process.

    According to First Commonwealth, approximately 140 full- and part-time employees will be based on the top two floors of an 81,000-square-foot building and in an adjacent 5,000-square-foot branch. The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners has approved the plan.
    Tricia C. Szurgot, chief marketing and experience officer, told the Morning Call the move comes as First Commonwealth has increased its back office and support staff over the past two years.

    Under One Roof

    The new headquarters will enable the credit union to bring under one roof staff currently split between a corporate office on Broadhead Road in Hanover Township, Northampton County, and an office on Union Boulevard in Allentown. It also positions the bank to build its presence in the western end of the region, the Morning Call reported.

    "The headquarters allows us to continue to expand the offering of quality financial services to credit union members and show our commitment to the Lehigh Valley community," Szurgot told the publication.

    First Commonwealth hopes to complete construction by the end of 2020, with a phased move-in beginning early 2021. The branch is expected to open sooner.
    The ground floor of the three-story building, which First Commonwealth will own, allows for 10,400 square feet of retail space. The adjacent branch will also have a second floor for office space, the Morning Call reported.

  • First Commonwealth to Build Headquarters Next to Movie Tavern in Lower Macungie

    2018-12-20 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union will centralize its corporate operations into a new office building near the Movie Tavern at the Trexler Business Center in Lower Macungie Township. About 140 First Commonwealth full- and part-time employees will be based on the top two floors of an 81,000-square-foot building and in an adjacent 5,000-square-foot branch. The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the plan Thursday night.

  • Lower Macungie Approves New First Commonwealth Headquarters

    2018-12-20 | Press and Media

     The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners granted preliminary/final approval of a land development plan that will bring the corporate operations of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union to the Trexler Business Center during Thursday night's meeting. The vote was unanimous.

  • First Commonwealth Recognized for its Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility; Community Engagement & Events Team Receives “Spirit of Volunteerism” Award

    2018-10-31 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – October 31, 2018 – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is thrilled to announce that its Community Engagement & Events Team received a 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Award from the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday evening.

     The Volunteer Center’s Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards honor local businesses, individuals or teams who have demonstrated excellence in community service and workplace volunteerism. The event provides area businesses as well as local nonprofits the opportunity to recognize the impact that employee volunteers have on making a difference in the community.

  • First Commonwealth Continues Lehigh Valley Expansion, Opening Emmaus Financial Center

    2018-10-22 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – October 22, 2018 – First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union announces Emmaus as the location of their newest financial center, continuing its retail expansion and commitment to the Lehigh Valley community. This is the fourth location opening in their new award-winning social banking model since the launch of First Commonwealth’s retail expansion in 2017. Members will have 8 convenient and easily accessible financial centers to choose from, as well as 24/7 access to mobile and online banking.

     First Commonwealth Financial Centers are designed to optimize the member experience, making it easier and more convenient to do your banking, while enhancing our members lives through financial literacy. The new 2,800 square foot financial center, located on Chestnut Street in Emmaus, includes a financial wellness center, social spaces for conversation, certified financial wellness coaches, extended hours, café with free coffee, three ITMs (Interactive Transaction Machines), a drive-up and focus on community.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Wins 2018 Best Branch Experience Customer Experience Award

    2018-09-19 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Wins 2018 Best Branch Experience Customer Experience Award

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., September 19, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union received the “Best Branch Experience” Best in Bank Customer Experience Award for their innovative social banking model.

     Networld Media Group, publishers of ATM Marketplace and Mobile Payments Today, handed out four international banking awards for industry-leading experience strategies on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 13, during a banquet that was held as part of the Bank Customer Experience Summit in Chicago.

     The Best in Bank Customer Experience Awards honor innovative, consumer-focused financial institutions and fintech providers whose branch networks and financial service technologies are heightening the customer or member experience and leading the industry in innovation. The award recognizes recipients in four categories: Best Branch Experience, Best ATM/Self-Service Experience, Best Mobile Experience by a Financial Institution and Best Mobile Experience by a Fintech Provider. Winners are selected by a panel of highly regarded financial industry analysts and consultants.

     

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union's Chief Marketing & Experience Officer Wins 2018 NAFCU Professional of the Year Award

    2018-06-20 | Press and Media

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 20, 2018 - Tricia Szurgot, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union was named 2018 Professional of the Year by the National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU), in the large credit union category ($250M assets and greater)

  • First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Relocated Lehighton Financial Center to Carbon Plaza Mall

    2018-05-21 | Press and Media

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., May 21, 2018 - First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union has relocated their Lehighton Financial Center to a more visible, convenient location in the Carbon Plaza Mall on Route 443 in Mahoning Township.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Executive Named 2018 "Woman of Influence" by Lehigh Valley Business

    2018-03-21 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – March 20, 2018– Lehigh Valley Business has named Tricia Szurgot, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union’s Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, one of its 2018 “Women of Influence,” in recognition of her professional accomplishments, including her community engagement efforts and excellence in leadership.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Named 2018 "Best of the Best" Credit Union for "Best Transaction Experience"

    2018-02-05 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – February 5, 2018– MemberXP, a customer satisfaction measurement platform serving the financial services industry, has designated First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union as one of 2018’s "Best of the Best" credit unions for "Best Transaction Experience."

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Opens New Northwood Financial Center in Palmer Township

    2018-01-19 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – January 19, 2018– First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union has announced the opening of its newest location as they continue to expand their retail footprint in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The new First Commonwealth FCU Northwood Financial Center, located off Route 248 in Easton, is the second location within the last year to open in its new, innovative banking model. With this new location, First Commonwealth members now have 8 convenient and easily accessible locations to choose from, as well as 24/7 access to mobile and online banking.

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    Tricia Szurgot, Chief Marketing & Retail Officer at First Commonwealth FCU Receives CMO of the Year Officers Award

    2018-01-08 | Press and Media

    Bethlehem, PA – January 8, 2018 – Tricia Szurgot, Chief Marketing & Retail Officer of First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, was recently honored at an awards ceremony in New York City with the 2017 CMO of the Year Officers Award by The CMO Club.

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    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Relocating Lehighton Financial Center to Carbon Plaza Mall

    2017-12-11 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union has announced the relocation of their Lehighton Financial Center to a new more visible, convenient location in the Carbon Plaza Mall in Spring 2018.

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    More Than Half Our Workforce Is Now Certified Financial Wellness Coaches

    2017-06-27 | Press and Media

    All of our financial center associates and managers have completed a nationally-accredited training program and are Certified Financial Wellness Coaches.

  • A Better Banking Experience with First Commonwealth FCU

    2017-06-15 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union has announced it will open two new financial centers in Bethlehem and Palmer Township this summer, offering the Lehigh Valley a new banking experience.

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    First Commonwealth Names Tricia Szurgot Chief Marketing & Retail Officer

    2017-05-31 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Names Tricia Szurgot Chief Marketing & Retail Officer. Szurgot is a credit union veteran who brings over twenty years of senior executive experience to the role, and has worked with some of the world’s top experience brands in the areas of marketing, customer experience and product innovation.

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    First Commonwealth attends NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus

    2016-09-26 | Press and Media

    First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union’s, President and CEO, Donna LoStocco, Executive Vice President Finance, Alan Musselman and volunteer Chairman of the Board, Vincent Gorman attended the National Association of Federal Credit Union’s (NAFCU) Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C. from September 18 – September 21.

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    First Commonwealth Announces Donna LoStocco as New CEO

    2016-06-03 | Press and Media

    "I am excited to join the team, to meet First Commonwealth members and community stakeholders, and to work closely with the board to help further the First Commonwealth mission to improve members’ financial well-being."