Executives from Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc., recently attended the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Citrus Festival in an effort to commemorate the community's heritage and provide an avenue for businesses to support community events.
Early residents of the Palm Harbor area originally established the community as one renowned for fishing, cattle, farming and citrus. Today, the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has instituted the Annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival to commemorate that culture. Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC), a leading research and document-processing provider for the mortgage and financial industry, has participated in the Palm Harbor Citrus Festival for the past two years, and will continue to support this event as part of their community-focused initiatives. NTC has many employees who regularly volunteer time to the community, and this event was yet another opportunity for NTC to extend its commitment to bettering the community in which its employees live and work.
In early April, the Citrus Festival brought together many local businesses and encouraged members of the community to engage in the festivities. The festival had four components: (1) carnival; (2) "Dancing with the Stars"; (3) music; and (4) the Citrus Festival Queen Pageant.
Local businesses and organizations volunteered time and resources to raise awareness of the Palm Harbor area's history and heritage. NTC, which partnered with the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA to host a citrus-themed tent for children's art activities, was represented by several employees and their family members who, in addition to arts and crafts, provided games such as corn toss, juggling and bowling to entertain children of all ages. Randy Nilsson, Executive Director of the YMCA, reports that the tent saw roughly 200 children and parents. The success of the event showcased the benefits of businesses and organizations aligning for a common cause, per Nilsson.
"I would encourage all businesses to get involved," said Nilsson. "Not just to support the Chamber, but also the downtown merchants and the community. We all want to help benefit each other."
Although the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce plans to continue to expand the size of this event, they hope to keep the purpose of the festival at the forefront of their planning activities.
"Our vision was to establish a celebration that represents our community and celebrates our heritage," said Connie Davis, President of the Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce. "We will expand the festival next year by adding more music, and plan to enhance the children's area, as well."
This event had support from several local organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the Rotary Club of Palm Harbor, the Palm Harbor Historic Society and Museum, the Palm Harbor Fire Department, and the Palm Harbor Community Center.
NTC is a significant player in the mortgage industry, providing research and document processing services. Their recent community ventures have included volunteering at the walk that benefits the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life; and attending the YMCA of the Suncoast's Ice Cream Social, which was in celebration of a campaign helping to financially support children and families' college tuition.
"NTC has always placed priority on giving back locally," said John Hillman, CEO of NTC. "Volunteering by local businesses contributes both to our economy and the relationship between Palm Harbor companies and members of the community."
For more information about Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc., including its research and document processing services, visit www.nwtc.com.
About Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc.
Based in Palm Harbor, Florida and founded in 1991, NTC is a privately-owned leading research and document-processing service provider to the residential mortgage industry. NTC serves mortgage lenders, servicers and investors, including eight of the top 10 residential mortgage servicers in the country. NTC is known for delivering the highest level of accuracy in research services and quality document processing that set the industry standard while protecting homeowners, assisting the mortgage banking industry and preserving the nation's land records. The company's land records and document experts are able to track and fulfill county document requirements in all recording jurisdictions nationwide, which is close to 3,600 different jurisdictions. NTC specializes in providing land records research, property reports, lien release services, assignment services, final document tracking, document retrieval and other custom business solutions. NTC's expansion is tied to their contribution to their industry and their local community, ranking number 26 on the 2013 Fast 50 Awards list of fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay, and number 1,900 on the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America, up from number 2,730 in 2012. NTC also won the Inc. Hire Power award for the second consecutive year in 2013 for putting Americans back to work. For more information, visit the company's website at www.nwtc.com.
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