Community bank investment programs grew 6.3% in first quarter this year, the best first quarter since the pre-crisis days of 2007, according to the Michael White-Securities America Report: Community Bank Investment Programs. While most of the total growth was due to the influx of thrifts into the data, the average measures analyzed by the report all increased as well.

The average production level for a community bank in the first quarter was $99,175, up from $91,151 last year. The penetration rate per $1 million of retail deposits, a common measure of customer engagement, or “wallet share,” was $213, up from $204 last year. And the percentage of noninterest income that the programs account for was 8.46% for the quarter, up almost a full percentage point from 7.56%.

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