Visions Federal Credit Union has been committed to our community from the beginning. Visions were founded in 1966 by eight IBM workers and 40 dollars, if you do the math that's five dollars each and today is worth more than $5 billion dollars.

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The IBM Endicott Employees Federal Credit Union (as they were known back then) started with 800 members and one branch. Over 55 years later, they have more than 200,000 members at over 50 branches in three states.

Visions have always been about community but they rededicated themselves to making a local difference when Tyrone Muse became the CEO in 2013. His new ideas and leadership style helped bring Visons to the next level.

In January 2021, they took over the naming rights at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton and they promised to do even more for the community. They have lived up to that promise and they recently announced that they are bringing live music back to downtown Binghamton.

They are offering free community events each month this summer with live music at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

Live Free Music At The Visions Veterans Memorial Arena

Friday, June 10th -  My So-Called Band

Friday, July 8th -  Jess Novak Music

The free entry events will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena and they guarantee fun. I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve this summer.

We are so thankful for all that Visions is doing for our community including the activities at the arena, let's take a look back at the beginning of the Veterans Memorial Arena.

THROUGH THE YEARS: The Construction Of The Veterans Memorial Arena

What is now known as the Visions Veteran Memorial Arena have been a staple of downtown Binghamton and the Southern Tier for the better part of 50 years. Hockey, concerts, graduations... it's been the hub of huge local events for a long time. Nearly everyone has been to an event at the arena at least once.

But how did it come to be? We dug around for some pictures of its early days...

Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare Tour 1975