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Thursday, April 04, 2013

 Arndt Elementary Celebrates Fourth Annual Grand Opening of Arndtville Minitropolis® Program 

Commerce Bank management and city officials
 join micro-community students for ribbon cutting

(April 4, 2013) LAREDO, Texas – Students at Arndtville, a small city inside Arndt Elementary, celebrated the fourth annual grand opening of the Arndtville Minitropolis program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 28. During the event, Commerce Bank inducted new student “employees,” who recently received training and had the opportunity to meet Commerce Bank President and CEO Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr. Commerce Bank Officers and city officials joined Arndtville citizens to commemorate the occasion.

The Ardntville Minitropolis program is dedicated to providing students with a better foundation for understanding personal finance and adult responsibility, and is centered on student-run businesses including a Commerce Bank, Target store, IRS office, Kinder Café and a radio station.

“Arndtville Minitropolis program provides a motivating learning environment for students and reinforces the importance of financial literacy among our future generations,” Urrabazo said. “Commerce Bank is committed to empowering and educating today’s youth with relevant, practical experiences and we are proud to celebrate our fourth year of sponsoring Arndtville.”

The Minitropolis program has been in the Laredo community since 2009 and continues to expand the importance of financial literacy among the city’s future generations as the program develops each year.

Urrabazo, along with Mayor Raul Salinas spoke on the importance of financial education and commended the students and faculty at Arndt Elementary for their hard work and dedication to such an important program.

Commerce Bank is a member of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), an $11.9 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 215 facilities and 339 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank was named Business of the Month by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce in June 2012 in recognition of its strong advocacy and support of entrepreneurial business growth. More information is available at www.ibc.com. Visit us on our YouTube Channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION.