More than nine months have passed since Hurricane Michael’s landfall, and residents, businesses and business owners in Panama City are well on track for a new Florida Strong future. Today, Hancock Whitney officially launched the rebuilding of its financial center on the same corner of Highway 77 and 23rd Street where the bank has been for 30-plus years.
Joined by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and community leaders, Hancock Whitney leadership recognized the many people and organizations whose helping hands jump-started regional recovery and rebuilding. Rather than a traditional groundbreaking, guests will trace their hands and leave messages on the wall of the vault—the only structure remaining from the original Highway 77 financial center.
The new financial center at the intersection of Hwy. 77 and 23rd St. in Panama City is expected to open Summer 2020.
The event symbolized and celebrated an entire community coming together in crisis and emphasized that while the Panama City-Bay County area may still have far to go with recovery, great things can happen when all hands are in.
DAG Architects will be leading the design of the new state-of-the-art financial center, which the bank expects to reopen in summer 2020.