Inspire Federal Credit Union celebrated the official opening of its new branch and headquarters in Newtown Saturday with a ribbon cutting and community celebration.
The new location is at 3 Friends Lane in Newtown.
“I can’t think of a better place for Inspire to call home for many years,” said Jim Merrill, the CEO of Inspire Federal Credit Union.
Inspire Federal Credit Union has been serving the Bucks County community since 1936. The credit union was formerly known as the Bucks First Federal Credit Union, but has rebranded in recent years to focus on their service to the community. Inspire Federal Credit Union has been working to bring its unique brand of relationship-based banking to everyone in the county.
“We’re here in Bucks County. This is our home and I think that that is what makes us different,” Merrill said.
Inspire Federal Credit Union is deeply entrenched in the community, with branches in Bristol, Langhorne and now in Newtown. The Newtown building will act as a stepping stone so that Inspire Federal Credit Union can bring their credit union and community service to a larger portion of the county.
“I think that any organization anywhere would be proud to work here,” said Chichi Ahia, the chairman of the board of directors of Inspire Federal Credit Union.
Taking a walk inside, marble floors and wide open spaces greet the employees of the branch. A wide-open branch for normal operations exists on the first floor, with offices and training rooms on the second floor of the building. Open work spaces promote collaboration and teamwork, making sure employees can always talk with one another and work in constructive ways.
The project to bring the new headquarters into existence has been underway for about a year and a half. In January, 2017, Inspire purchased the building and has been working to ready it for normal operations since. Ahia works with similar projects in his day job, he explained, and the new Inspire headquarters has been the most efficient project he has seen. Ahia credits Jim Merrill and the leadership of Inspire in running such a tight operation, he explained.
“We’re just excited to connect with the Newtown community,” Ahia said.
The growth that Inspire Federal Credit Union has already experienced has allowed the credit union to expand into Newtown, which should provide another foothold for the rest of the county.
The day’s festivities proved Inspire Federal Credit Union’s dedication to community. Food trucks, a video game trailer and the Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation were present, with Michael Barkann himself making an appearance to meet and greet with employees and patrons. State Rep. Perry Warren, Newtown Township supervisors and Inspire Federal Credit Union’s board of directors were present for the ribbon cutting.
More information on Inspire Federal Credit Union and their branches’ specific hours can be found at their website.