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The Story of Citizens First Bank 

Chartered in 2000, Citizens First Bank plays an important role in community banking in the Gateway Area. CFB provides its customers with effective, locally owned banking choices, the latest technology, and services expertise.

Citizens First Bank initiated Iowa's first mobile bank for business customers in 2001, and has expanded to three local branch locations in Clinton and Camanche.  The Midtown branch on Clinton's North End opened in 2001 with the branch in nearby Camanche, Iowa, opening the summer of 2004.

Citizens First Bank continues to grow and bank officials credit the success of the bank to the mission of putting customers first, to local management, and operating in a market receptive to a locally owned community bank. Decisions are made right in the Clinton or Camanche offices, making it a great atmosphere for local banking.
Bank employees point out that providing excellent customer service is their daily way of doing business: providing Banking As It Should Be. First time customers often remark on how friendly the staff is, how professional they are in actions and appearance.
Since the bank's opening, it has nearly quadrupled the size of the original building and added two additional branches. The main office at Lincoln Way has gone through two major expansions to better accommodate the experience both by customers and employees.

The most recent expansion was completed first quarter of 2014 and provides space four times the size of its modest beginnings.
Citizens First Bank is headquartered at 1442 Lincoln Way in Clinton, with branches at 403 South Washington Boulevard in Camanche and at 1329 N 2nd St, Clinton.

Citizens First Bank exterior photo from 1999       Man and woman smiling in winter coats outside

Pictured above: Citizens First Bank's first offices in Clinton, 1999. Kathy Forrest and Tom Soenksen, founding executives.

Citizens First Bank exterior on Lincoln Way

Lincoln Way Office, after first expansion.

Citizens First bank with sunny sky in the background

Citizens First Bank Lincoln Way location, 2017.

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