United Community Bank Awarded Goodwill Corporate Partner of the Year

Left to right: Rudy Gill, Commercial Relationship Manager; Dixon Woodward, S.C. Regional President; Milon Smith, Senior Credit Officer; Justin Ayers, Portfolio Specialist.

Charleston, S.C. – May 9, 2017 – United Community Bank is honored to be named Palmetto Goodwill’s Corporate Partner of 2016. The Bank was recognized on Thursday, April 27 at Palmetto Goodwill’s Shining Star Awards banquet at the Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center. The banquet highlights the accomplishments of people that have found success through a Goodwill program and pays tribute to local leaders and business partners who have supported Goodwill’s mission of meeting the growing needs of shifting communities.

“We are thrilled to support a business that has a deep commitment to serve others, and Goodwill’s strong sense of community aligns with the values of United Community Bank,” said Dixon Woodward, Regional President–South Carolina for United Community Bank. “It is gratifying to help provide job training and employment services and we look forward to continuing to help Goodwill achieve its mission.”

United Community Bank was chosen for its support of Palmetto Goodwill during its refinancing, which allowed a substantial surge of revenues. These proceeds benefited Palmetto Goodwill’s mission to help people achieve their full potential in their careers. United’s involvement in 2016 helped fund Goodwill’s first walk and run event this past fall in Charleston.

Palmetto Goodwill is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing job training and employment services to homeless and struggling veterans, people with disabilities and individuals with various barriers to employment. Goodwill has been committed to this goal since 1979. In 2016, the support of the community and organizations allowed Goodwill to provide job training and employment services to more than 44,000 people and place 1,847 into new jobs. These numbers represent renewed hope, self-esteem, family stability, and a path to financial independence and an economically healthy community.

About United Community Bank
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) is a registered bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia with $10.7 billion in assets. The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating 134 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals, small businesses and corporations. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products including mortgage, advisory and treasury management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service: In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, J.D. Power ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2017, for the fourth consecutive year, Forbes included United among their list of the top 100 Best Banks in America. Additional information about the company an! d the bank's full range of products and services can be found at www.ucbi.com.