While changing technology will dramatically alter the nature of banking, small banks that have become part of the fabric of their communities will continue to thrive, according to the president and chief executive of First Maryland Bancorp of Baltimore.

"The key to their (community banks) success is what they've done in the past," Frank P. Bramble told a gathering of about 250 of the state's business leaders this week in Baltimore. "They have to remain a pillar of their communities."

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