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ICBA Calls for Nominations to Annual National Community Bank Service Awards

Member Community Banks Recognized for Unparalleled Acts of Community Service

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2008)––The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is calling for nominations for the ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards. Each year, ICBA recognizes community banks for their extraordinary works of community service: creating jobs, promoting financial literacy, repairing homes, revitalizing Main Street and many others.

“The ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards recognize the good deeds that community banks do in the communities they serve,” said Cynthia L. Blankenship, ICBA chairman and vice chairman and chief operating officer of Bank of the West, Irving, Texas. “I encourage all of our ICBA community bank members to come forward and be recognized for their good works they do in their communities.”

Nominations for the program are being accepted through Nov. 3, 2008. Anyone can nominate a community bank community service program or a community bank can nominate its own program. ICBA member banks are recognized in four (4) categories based on bank asset size with one national award in each category. ICBA also recognizes community banks for their financial literacy efforts. In addition, one Grand National Award recipient is honored for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to its local community through local community service.

Award recipients will be announced at the ICBA National Convention and Techworld to be held March 18-22, 2008 in Phoenix, Ariz.

ICBA developed the National Community Bank Service Awards as part of ICBA Community Banking Month to recognize the outstanding volunteer efforts of community banks. ICBA Community Banking Month, observed nationwide every April, celebrates community banks and their customers for all they do to keep America’s communities strong and vital.

To learn more about the ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards and Community Banking Month go to www.icba.org and select “About Community Banking.”

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