It's a business that's more than a century old and now leaders at Hancock Bank are making some changes. Thursday, city leaders met at the downtown Gulfport Bank for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Hancock Bank building.
"The Hancock Bank has been a part of this community since 1899 and we look to the past and all of the progress that we have had to date and we say that is nothing compared to what the future holds," says George Schloegel.
The 15 story bank is still in the heart of downtown Gulfport, but with an updated, sleek and contemporary design. It's a look that bank officials showed off at Thursday's Ribbon Cutting and Open House Ceremony.
"We've been looking forward to this day for a long time. It's been a laborious process getting this thing back together," says Leo Seal, Jr.
Another new edition to the bank: Harbor Square Park, an area dedicated to the people of Mississippi. Chairman George Schloegel says the park will include stones marking the 238 deaths that occurred during Hurricane Katrina. He says there will also be a shoreline at the park.
The new park and most of the building is still under construction, but when the work is over, bank leaders say the people of south Mississippi are in for a real treat.
"The Mississippi Gulf Coast, South Mississippi and the entire area that we serve is going to come back bigger and better than it's ever been before," says Schloegel.
Bank officers expect the rest of the building to be completed by early spring.