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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICBA Celebrates Community Banking Month

Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2007)—April is Community Banking Month, and members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and state community banker associations across the country are celebrating the unique spirit that makes independent community banks the foundation of their communities.

"Our community banks are passionately committed to serving their customers and their communities," said James P. Ghiglieri, Jr., ICBA chairman and president of Alpha Community Bank, Toluca, Ill. "They spend countless amounts of time and resources throughout the year making their communities better places to live while offering quality financial products and services to their customers. Community Banking Month is our time to celebrate that dedication."

Thousands of community banks participate in this annual celebration of community banking. Whether they host special events with local charities, offer programs to boost financial literacy, decorate their branches, serve their customers refreshments or offer free car washes at the drive-through, community banks ensure that their customers and the community are the center of attention.

"Community banks are an integral part of the economic and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America," said Ghiglieri. "They work hard to improve the quality of life in their communities because they are part of their community. That's what makes community banks special."

One way ICBA recognizes Community Banking Month is by honoring the year-round service of community banks through the ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards which awards member community banks for exemplary service to their communities. The association also provides tools and tips for member banks to use during the month to tout the special qualities that exemplify community banks.

For more information on Community Banking Month and the 2007 recipients of the National Community Bank Service Awards, visit www.icba.org.




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