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Visiting ICBA Community Bankers Put Saw and Hammer to Work for Las Vegas Habitat

Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2006)—Community bankers from across the country traded in their interest rate calculators and debit cards for hammers and saws to help build the first three of 60 houses for Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas. The build is held in conjunction with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld being held March 6-10 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

"The Habitat build is truly one of the great things about our country. People come together as a community to build a new community," said David E. Hayes, ICBA chairman, and president and CEO of Security Bank, Dyersburg, Tenn. "Building safe, decent housing is a very rewarding experience for us as community bankers and certainly for the families who will live in these homes."

ICBA also announced that it is donating $12,000 to the efforts of Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity. Las Vegas Habitat is set to build 60 homes over the next three years in the Vegas Heights neighborhood in the city of Las Vegas.

"These work groups are terrific for us," said Guy Amato, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, which has already built 30 homes in the Vegas Heights neighborhood. "Significant work gets done each time people spend the day with us. We appreciate the work that goes into building these homes." Amato said prospective new Habitat homeowners spend at least 250 hours building their future homes in addition to the work of volunteers and paid trades people.