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Community Bankers Gather for 2009 ICBA National Convention and Techworld

Gathering Is the Largest and Most Vital for Community Banking

Phoenix, Ariz. (March 18, 2009)—Today nearly 3,000 community bankers and industry leaders gathered for the opening of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld at the Phoenix Convention Center. The conference, which is the largest and most vital community banking industry event of its kind in the nation, runs through March 21.

“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 Cynthia L. Blankenship, ICBA chairman and vice chairman and chief operating officer of Bank of the West, Grapevine, Texas. “Each community bank plays a vital role in supporting its local community, especially during these economically challenging times. This year’s convention is a perfect time for community bankers to come together to try and find solutions that will benefit their towns and cities across the country.”

Highlights of the convention include remarks from national newsmakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair and Office of Thrift Supervision Acting Director Scott Polakoff.

Other featured speakers include world-renowned journalist Sam Donaldson, economist Alan Blinder, and artist and motivational speaker Erik Wahl.

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 247 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.