Compass Community Bank celebrated the grand opening of its downtown Astoria branch on Feb. 6.

Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and throughout the day guests were invited to submit the Clatsop County United Way agency of their choice in a drawing to receive a $1,000 donation from the bank.

"We began this tradition of donating to Clatsop County United Way agencies at the opening of our Seaside branch last spring," said Compass Community Bank President and CEO Steve Ferber. "We are thrilled to be open in downtown Astoria, and to present the $1,000 donation commemorating our grand opening to Clatsop Community Action," Ferber said.

Elected officials, shareholders of the bank, and other business and civic leaders made up the large crowd that gathered for the grand opening event.

The Astoria branch of Compass Community Bank is the second location the bank has opened within the last ten months and follows the opening of the bank's main office in Seaside. The Astoria branch opened its doors to the public Jan. 12 this year. It is located at 988 Commercial St.

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