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WHEELING – A new credit union has settled in downtown Wheeling, and its CEO says he hopes it can provide opportunities for the community.
The Ohio Valley Community Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its Wheeling branch on Friday. CEO Greg Harper said the new location had been in the works since 2019 and he wanted to be able to offer services to the community that other banks couldn’t.
“We would like to focus on what we call the ordinary person, more than the business side,” he said. “When it comes to businesses, we focus on small businesses rather than large ones.
“As a credit union, we have a low-income designation and we are a Community Development Financial Institution, so we can focus on bringing product to underserved areas of Wheeling and Ohio County. “, he added. “We have a program in development to help small start-ups stand out, where sometimes it’s hard for people to get financing when they’re still small.”
One particular project Harper talked about was to help fund automobiles for people who may not have public transit options.
“One of the things we’re working on is making automobiles accessible,” he said. “One of the problems in the valley is that people have to drive to work – they can’t use public transport and sometimes they can’t afford these products. We give car loans at lower prices, for longer terms, and a lot of people have less cash.
At his Chapline Street location, Harper hopes the building’s unique design will help draw attention to him.
The two-story office includes a two-way drive-thru and a 24-hour ATM.