A Win-Win Situation
NDSU teams up with Gate City Bank for community improvement
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 15:10
Some say life is all about who you know. Over the years, NDSU has become very familiar with Gate City Bank—a relationship proven to be advantageous for both sides.
Gate City Bank has now joined Microsoft and Sanford Health as NDSU Campus Community Partners.
Gate City Banks Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources and Marketing Kim Meyer said the relationship between Gate City Bank and NDSU has been mutually beneficial and she is happy the two parties can make the bond official.
“It’s huge,” Meyer said. “We’re in some really good company. With NDSU, it doesn’t get any more solid than that. They’re rooted in North Dakota just like Gate City Bank is.”
NDSU President Dean Bresciani started the Campus Community Partner program last year in order to recognize private sector collaborations that mutually benefit the community. He said he is proud to raise another flag at the NDSU flag pavilion on the corner of 12th Avenue North and 18th Street North in Fargo.
“The NDSU and Gate City Bank flags fly together in the flag pavilion to signify the unity and cooperation between a great organization and a great university,” Bresciani said.
Over the years, NDSU has seen many contributions from Gate City Bank. The North Dakota-based banking organization helped fund reconstruction for the highly-used Stevens Auditorium, as well as a classroom at Barry Hall where NDSU’s College of Business is located.
“Gate City Bank has been an outstanding partner on several important projects at NDSU,” Bresciani said. “Gate City Bank’s engagement with campus will have a lasting impact on generations of students and student-athletes who will use their educations and experiences to make a difference in their communities and beyond.”
On top of it all, Gate City Bank provided funds for a new football field in the Fargodome, which Meyer said was largely valuable to not just the area, but the entire state of North Dakota.
“(The field) not only helps out NDSU student-athletes, but student-athletes from across all of North Dakota and Minnesota,” Meyer said. “They’re playing on that field and it’s a really nice field. It’s a safe field.”
As well as funding for key NDSU facilities, Gate City Bank employees are involved with various activates on campus.
Steve Swiontek, Gate City Bank chairman, president and CEO, said benefits from helping NDSU extend beyond the two parties directly involved.
“Partnering with NDSU supports the core of Gate City Bank’s mission statement, particularly the commitment to providing a better way of life for our communities,” Swiontek said. “We certainly see NDSU following that similar vision of a post-secondary education improving the quality of life for students, student-athletes and the communities of North Dakota.”
Gate City Bank has long been involved with community relations across North Dakota and Minnesota, Meyer said.
She too is optimistic the works with NDSU will further prove their commitment to the community.
“I think what’s really neat about it is that part of our mission is to give back to the communities that we serve,” Meyer said. “It’s definitely part of our mission is giving back and I think that same mission goes for NDSU.”
While the move to become a Campus Community Partner was a plus, Meyer said it won’t be a finale of any kind. She hopes the relationship between Gate City Bank and NDSU will continue to bring new improvements to all of Fargo.
“Part of our mission is giving a better quality of life for our community and our customers,” Meyer said. “I think there’s a nice connect between what (NDSU and Gate City Bank) both do.”