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Locally-owned bank building new regional HQs in La.

LAFAYETTE, La. — Whitney Bank has begun construction on a regional headquarters building to serve the Lafayette, La., Morgan City, La.,  and central Louisiana markets.

The Daily Advertiser reports the 20,000-square-foot River Ranch complex will house at least 50 employees and be a focal point of the bank’s business banking, commercial and middle-market lending, investments and trust management, private banking and insurance.

Duayne Richard, president of Whitney’s Lafayette region, said construction should take about 15 months.

Whitney is owned by Gulfport-based Hancock Holding Corp.

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