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Community Bankers Gather for 2008 ICBA National Convention and Techworld

Gathering Is the Largest and Most Vital in Community Banking

Orlando, Fla. (March 2, 2008)—Nearly 3,000 community bankers and industry leaders gathered for the opening of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld held at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla. The conference which is the largest and most vital community banking industry events of its kind in the nation, runs through March 5.

"The ICBA National Convention and Techworld is a tremendous forum for community bankers and industry leaders to exchange ideas, discover the latest trends and learn about new developments," said James P. Ghiglieri, Jr., ICBA chairman and president of Alpha Financial Group, Inc., Toluca, Ill.

"This is a great week for community banking," Ghiglieri said. "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 extraordinary."

Highlights of the convention include remarks from national newsmakers including Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair and Office of Thrift Supervision Director John Reich.

Additional featured speakers include Lou Holtz, college football studio analyst for ESPN and Bill O'Reilly, host, The O'Reilly Factor and the Radio Factor. Attendees can choose from more than 60 educational seminars on all facets of the community banking industry, as well as a variety of networking events.

One of the premier community banking industry tradeshows, ICBA Techworld features 230 exhibitors whose comprehensive community bank-tailored products and services are reflective of the dynamic innovation and change continually occurring within the community banking industry.

For more information and a schedule, visit www.icba.org.