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Champion the Central Coast

Montecito Bank & Trust - Santa Barbara, California

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Small

Like everyone, there was no way to anticipate the depth and breadth of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities. In the weeks before Governor Newsom issued the state-wide “Stay at Home” order, Montecito Bank & Trust (MB&T) had been preparing our associates and quietly implementing our Pandemic Plan under the guise that you can never be too safe. With a heavy eye to the safety, security and health of our associates, our clients and our communities, and poised to operate from a familiar position of community leadership, our “Champion the Central Coast” program quickly came to fruition. This multi-pronged program spanned everything from associate wellness and client engagement to nonprofit activation and economic development. It activated, and continues to enable, associates across disciplines, including our entire Executive Team (six members), to collaborate and innovate in new ways, and expanded our network of relationships across the Central Coast communities we serve.