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New Markets Loan Program

The New Markets Loan Program is used to finance businesses and breathe new life into neglected, underserved, and distressed communities.  A proven, cost-effective tool, the NMLP supports job creation and encourages small businesses to expand.

As evidence of the success and innovativeness of this program, WesBanco Bank was a recipient of the American Bankers Association Foundation’s Community Commitment Award in the Community and Economic Development Category for its WBCDC’s New Markets Loan Program.


The New Markets Loan Program is made possible through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations awarded to WesBanco Bank Community Development Corporation by the CDFI Fund. The NMTC Program has supported a wide range of businesses including manufacturing, food retail, housing, health, technology, energy, education, and childcare. Communities benefit from the jobs associated with these investments, as well as greater access to community facilities and commercial goods and services.

For many low-income cities and towns, attracting traditional financing for business development or expansion is one of the greatest hurdles to revitalizing their communities.

  • Program Features

    • The program supports development in highly distressed communities in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania,  and West Virginia.
    • 50% Market Rate reduction for up to 7 years and no origination fees.
    • Flexible credit terms such as higher LTV, non-traditional collateral, and extended interest-only periods.

    *All loans are subject to credit approval.

  • Goals Include

    • Job creation and retention.
    • Commercial and community goods and services to low-income communities and low-income persons.
    • Catalytic investment in the community.
    • Partnerships with community organizations.
    • Alignment with regional and community goals.
  • Statistics

    Since 2004, the WesBanco Bank Community Development Corporation has received $125,000,000 in NMTC awards.

    In the past five years the New Markets Loan Program assisted in total projects in excess of $71,800,000, impacting over 1,400 permanent full-time jobs.

  • Success Stories

    WesBanco projects have ranged from a center for individuals with disablities in Ohio, to a major manufactoring facility in Kentucky, to a medical facility in West Virgina. In each case, our allocation has helped facilitate the completion of a vital local project.

  • For More Information

    Jessica Firmstone
    DFCP, AVP Community Development Officer