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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 IBC Bank, City Officials Celebrate Re-Opening Of ‘Kazenopolis’ 

Kazen Elementary celebrates the
Minitropolis® Program with grand opening ceremony

Kazenopolis Grand Opening

IBC Bank Minitropolis® Program, at Kazen Elementary on Jan. 31. The school is celebrating the second anniversary of the program which helps create a real-word learning experience for students in an academic environment.


(Feb. 8, 2013) LAREDO, Texas – The citizens of Kazenopolis, a minitropolis® at Kazen Elementary, celebrated the second anniversary of their minitropolis with a grand opening ceremony at the school on Jan. 31. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the IBC Bank branch inside Kazenopolis was held to celebrate with the new student “employees.” The fourth grade students, who recently received training at IBC Bank’s main branch and met IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis Nixon, were joined by IBC Bank management, Laredo city officials, and fellow Kazenopolis citizens to commemorate the occasion.

“IBC Bank believes financial literacy should be a key component in the education our children receive and we are proud to play a key role in the success of Kazenopolis,” Nixon said. “We are happy to provide our support and expertise to ensure many more generations of students at Kazen Elementary benefit from participating.”

During the ceremony, IBC Bank Executive Vice President Gerald Schwebel, along with District 4 Councilman Juan Narvaez, Laredo Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Miguel Conchas, Supervisory Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol Berin H. Salas, and community leaders addressed the students, faculty, and visitors and commended the school for the success of the program. In addition to IBC Bank, the minitropolis also features a city council, Border Patrol Station, post office, HEB, recycling center, and other businesses that are run by students. IBC Bank worked with school officials to develop the concept for Kazenopolis, which launched in September 2011. This is the second minitropolis with an IBC branch and the third minitropolis in Laredo. A fourth minitropolis is scheduled to open its doors this year at Don Jose Gallego Elementary.

The Minitropolis Program was first established by IBC Bank in the Rio Grande Valley in 1997 to target schools in areas that include low-to-moderate-income students. The success of the project prompted IBC to expand the concept to other markets in cities across Texas and Oklahoma.

IBC Bank–Laredo is a member of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 215 facilities and more than 335 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2012, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Committee inducted IBC Bank–Laredo into the Five Star Customer Service Hall of Fame in recognition of its enthusiasm and continued commitment to excellence in providing extraordinary customer service. International Bancshares Corporation was named one of the nation’s 100 most trustworthy companies by Forbes in 2012. More information is available at www.ibc.com. Visit us on our YouTube Channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION.