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Jesse Helms had a long history with banking in North Carolina. In 1953, Helms was President of the North Carolina's Banking Association (NCBA) and remained in that position until he went into broadcasting ful-time in 1960. For seven years he defended and supported North Carolina banking and edited the NCBA publication The Tarheel Banker

Once he was elected to the Senate, Helms took with him the knowledge that banking was a major force in the state's economy. By the late 1970s, Charlotte was emerging as a banking center and was home to Bank of America and Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, and is now one of the largest financial centers in the country. 

 
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