The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter and other members of the community were on hand for GeoVista Credit Union’s groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, at its future branch location, 11090 Ford Avenue in Richmond Hill.
Many are familiar with the vacant land behind the standalone GeoVista ATM at the corner of Magnolia and Ford Avenue. After several years of planning, that land will be developed into a full-service GeoVista branch. The current Richmond Hill branch is located in a small space at 60 Exchange St., Suite B-3.
GeoVista Credit Union was founded in 1964 in Hinesville as Fort Stewart GA Federal Credit Union to serve military personnel and civil service employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.
It now has an open field of membership for all individuals and families.
They opened a branch in Bryan County in 2010, and according to branch officials, "our ties with this community have grown, allowing us to build this beautiful new location, offering expanded services, including drive up service."
Elaine Tuten, GeoVista's CEO, along with VP Steven Asplund, introduced members of its board of directors and employees during the ceremony.
The credit union currently serves Liberty, Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Bulloch counties.
Mayor Carpenter said GeoVista, for the past 10 years, has been an important part of the community and "this (building) will be a model for our Ford Historic District."
Visit www.geovistacu.com for more information.
Story and photos by Mark Swendra/Bryan County News.