TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Bryant Bank hosted the students of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce’s Forerunners program for the Alabama Bankers Association’s Annual Legislative Day in Montgomery on April 20th. A total of 288 bankers and high school students from all over the state attended the annual event featuring speakers representing key areas of government including Secretary of State John Merrill.
According to ABA President and CEO Scott E. Latham the event is designed to heighten awareness of the students as to how state government works and to encourage involvement in the democratic process at a young age.
“Students actually have the chance to talk with their legislators and state government leaders about issues prevalent in their own communities, while getting a first-hand view of how the legislative process works,” he said. “Bankers in Alabama have a tremendous sense of community and make service to their communities a top priority. Events such as Legislative Day are designed to reinforce and facilitate this priority by giving our bankers the opportunity to interact with students.”
Stacey Gann, Director of Leadership Development in charge of the Forerunners program remarked, “The students were able to hear from people who are making a difference in our state and get a glimpse of the important work that goes on every day. We are very appreciative of the opportunity provided to these high school students. Bryant Bank has long been a friend to the Chamber in our efforts to provide informed leaders for the community.”