The Spanish American Civic Association is renaming its flagship Tec Centro workforce training facility in honor of one of its principal benefactors, former Susquehanna Bancshares president Bill Reuter.
City and SACA leaders will make the change official at a by-invitation ceremony Wednesday afternoon, naming Tec Centro’s building at 102 Chester St. “The William J. Reuter Workforce Center.”
Reuter, who passed away in 2021, led Susquehanna Bancshares, the parent company of Susquehanna Bank, when it was acquired by BB&T in 2015. As part of that transaction, BB&T established the $10 million BB&T Economic Growth Fund within its Lancaster County footprint: Reuter was influential in securing the fund’s first grant, $1 million, for Tec Centro.
“It is appropriate that the Tec Centro Southeast building bears his name in recognition of his dedication to the community and advancing opportunities for workforce development within and beyond Lancaster,” SACA said in a statement.
In 2019 BB&T and SunTrust Banks merged to form Truist Financial Corp., the U.S.’ sixth largest bank.
Reuter was president and CEO of Susquehanna Bancshares from 2002 to 2015. He was a United Way of Lancaster County board member and board chair and served on the boards of the Economic Development Co. of Lancaster County and the Lancaster Alliance, among others. He served on BB&T’s board of directors from 2015 to 2019.
Tec Centro has provided bilingual workforce training and related services at 102 Chester St. since 2014. In 2021, it opened a branch site, Tec Centro West, at 57 Laurel St., formerly the Carol B. Winters Family Advocacy Center.