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Ameriana Offers a Gathering Place for the Community

NEW CASTLE, IN (August 10, 2010) - You normally don't hear people say, "Let's meet at the bank."  Ameriana Bank is changing that mindset by providing a space for community groups to meet.

Ameriana opens its doors to local clubs, groups, non-profit organizations and small businesses for meetings in its Fishers, Greenfield, West Carmel and Westfield locations, which feature community rooms.  The rooms are free of charge and available for reservation during business hours for any type of gathering.  Plus, they are equipped with coffee bars, floor-to-ceiling white boards and Wi-Fi internet access.

At the Westfield banking center alone, the community room was used more than 20 times in one month by a variety of community groups.

The Westfield Chamber of Commerce holds its executive committee meetings at least once per month in the community room.  Executive Director Julie Sole said, "There is a true sense of community spirit when a business opens it's doors to the community and when they provide a service, especially at no charge.  In the past this was more common, but it has slipped away.  It is so nice to see Ameriana bring this service back.  This gesture feels like true community."

Anyone in the community can utilize Ameriana's professional setting, regardless of whether or not he or she is a customer.

"Quite frankly, that's what a true community bank does," said Jerry Gassen, Ameriana President and Chief Executive Officer.  "As a community bank, we have always believed that helping the people and businesses in the towns where we're located is the best investment we can make.  We want to be unified with our neighbors so that everyone can share their hopes, grow and prosper in Indiana."

Ameriana Bancorp is a bank holding company.  Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, the Company offers an extensive line of banking services and provides a range of investments and securities products through banking centers in the central Indiana area.  Ameriana Bank owns Ameriana Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency, Ameriana Financial Services, which offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC), and Ameriana Investment Management.

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