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Community Bankers Gather for 2006 ICBA National Convention and Techworld

Record Attendance Boosts Community Banking

Washington, D.C (March 6, 2006)—A record 3,400 community bankers and industry leaders gathered for the opening of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort. The conference, one of the largest and most vital banking industry events of its kind in the nation, runs through March 10.

“The ICBA National Convention and Techworld is a tremendous forum for community bankers and banking industry leaders to exchange ideas, learn about the latest trends and discover new developments,” said David E. Hayes, ICBA chairman, and president and CEO of Security Bank, Dyersburg, Tenn.

“This is a phenomenal week for community banking,” Hayes continued. “Each community bank individually is vital to supporting the economic prosperity and strong quality of life in its community back home. The synergy that is created when you bring the talent and banking know-how of community bankers together in one place for a week is quite extraordinary.”

Highlights of the convention include remarks from national newsmakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Office of Thrift Supervision Director John M. Reich. Scott Charney, Microsoft’s vice president for trustworthy computing, will delve into the latest developments in computer security. Attendees can choose from 80 educational seminars on all facets of the banking industry, as well as a variety of networking events.

One of the premier banking industry tradeshows, ICBA Techworld features 180 exhibitors whose comprehensive community bank-tailored products and services are reflective of the dynamic innovation and change continually occurring within the community banking industry.

New in 2006 is the ICBA Capital Markets Symposium, hosted by ICBA Capital Markets and Howe Barnes Investments, a full-service investment firm trading over 300 community bank stocks. At the symposium, industry experts will focus on building shareholder value for the more than 1,700 community banks that are publicly traded.