Community has first bank in years

LYFORD — For the first time in decades, Lyford has a lending institution in town.

The Rio Grande Valley Credit Union has opened a branch, creating three jobs while the company plans to add more staff.

For three years, city officials worked to bring a lending institution to serve residents here, Mayor Henry De La Paz said yesterday.

“This is history,” he said. “It was a struggle to find someone willing to come to the city. It was a great team effort.”

The branch opened Feb. 1, celebrating its ribbon cutting Wednesday.

“We are for the people,” said Vanessa Serna, the company’s marketing director in Harlingen. “Loan decisions are made in-house. We are building relationships with our members.”

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