Alabama One Credit Union unveiled its first technology branch in Alberta City Tuesday afternoon, which features a mural inspired by the city and community.

The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce at the branch, which is located at 2735 University Boulevard East.

Bill Wells, President and CEO of Alabama One, said they are excited to be a part of the Alberta community to showcase the newest features of the facility.

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"One thing we always wanted to showcase is our community partnership and we always thought a mural with this would be the best way to do it, plus investing heavily into technology with the newest technology branches so were glad to be apart of the Alberta community," Wells said.

Martin Houston, Chief Growth Officer at Alabama One, said the mural adds pride to the Alberta City area.

"We did this, not just because it's great public art, but because we're committed to being a part of the revitalization of this community and we want to show some pride to Alberta and Tuscaloosa and that's what this does," Houston said.

District 5 Councilman Kip Tyner said he is indebted to Alabama One for joining his district to bring banking back to the area.

"When Regions Bank left, I was not happy but we are so excited to have Alabama One," Tyner said. "They have been the greatest community partner."

Jim Page, President and CEO of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, said the mural addition "adds character to the already thriving community."

Muralist Banks Compton said he was honored to have the opportunity to bring the vision of the mural to life.

"Being from Alabama, I've spent a lot of time in Tuscaloosa and when Alabama One reached out to me to come paint a mural for them, I was glad -- to express the beauty and neighborhood culture of a place like Alberta City has been such an honor," Compton said.

The mural features elements, such as camellias, which are the Alabama state flower, Tuscaloosa water oak trees, the Leland Lanes Bowling Alley sign from the original Alberta location and the Black Warrior River.

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