Carper Honors WSFS Bank Executive for
Excellence in Community Investment as
Delaware’s Blueprint Communities Convene to
Chart Future Successes
August 28, 2010 11:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WILMINGTON, Del.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--U.S. Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) today honored
Michael D. Skipper, Vice President and Community Development Manager at WSFS Bank, for his lifetime
commitment to community investment at a statewide meeting of neighborhood leaders.
Appearing before dozens of Blueprint Communities revitalization team members gathered at the University of
Delaware to discuss the success they are making in improving their neighborhoods, Sen. Carper presented the
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s (FHLBank) “Council’s Award” to Skipper. The award is presented
annually to a single banker from Delaware, Pennsylvania or West Virginia in recognition of a lifetime of steadfast
commitment to affordable housing and community and economic development. The award is named after
FHLBank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council.
Working with the University of Delaware and other in-state partners, FHLBank expanded Blueprint Communities to
the First State in 2008 following its introduction in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The initiative helps smaller, older
communities get their second wind through a comprehensive program of leadership training, community
collaboration, strategic planning and funding opportunities. Skipper provides ongoing planning support to the
community renewal initiative as a member of the Blueprint Communities Advisory Committee.
“It is my distinct pleasure to present Mike Skipper with this prestigious award on behalf of FHLBank, these
Blueprint Communities teams, and the citizens of our state who are benefiting from this initiative and Mike’s work,”
said Senator Carper. “Building communities is always challenging, but particularly so during trying economic times
when funding is limited and nonprofit resources are strained. That is why the role of WSFS Bank