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SunTrust Bank, Mid-Atlantic, Launches Employment Initiative Focused on Underemployed Citizens

SunTrust Bank, Mid-Atlantic, has announced the formation and launch of an initiative focused on providing employment opportunities to underutilized and underemployed individuals in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. SunTrust's Accessing Community Talent (ACT) program is designed to attract and develop superior talent through active recruitment of area disabled and non-traditional job seekers.

"In the currently tight job market, it's critical that employers reach untapped pools of talent in our communities," said Katherine McCary, SunTrust Vice President, Employment and program manager of the ACT initiative. "This program allows us to formalize close working relationships with a number of Mid-Atlantic organizations dedicated to placing non-traditional job seekers in rewarding careers."

McCary said the creation of the ACT program represents a visible continuation of SunTrust's commitment to diversity through community-based employment practices. SunTrust, formerly Crestar Bank, is the lead company of the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a nationwide coalition established by the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Additionally, SunTrust actively participates in several other Mid-Atlantic organizations and initiatives dedicated to similar objectives.

SunTrust has gained nationwide attention and recognition for its work with the disabled community. HR Magazine, the flagship publication of the Society for Human Resource Management, recently presented SunTrust with its annual "Innovative Practice Award." Since 1998, SunTrust Bank, Mid-Atlantic, has placed more than 100 disabled employees in positions throughout its market area.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the nation's 9th largest commercial banking organization. The company provides a wide range of services to meet the financial needs of its growing customer base through more than 1,100 branches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its primary businesses include traditional deposit and credit services as well as trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and investment services.

For More Information Contact: Katherine McCary SunTrust Vice President, Employment