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ICBA and Nation’s Community Banks Recognize Community Banking Month

Community Bank Service and Financial Literacy Efforts Highlighted

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2009)—April is Community Banking Month, and members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and affiliated state and regional community banking associations are recognizing the unique spirit that makes independent community banks the foundation of their communities in cities and towns throughout America.

"Our nation’s more than 8,000 community banks are passionately committed to serving their customers and their communities," said R. Michael Menzies, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust Co., Easton, Md. "They spend countless hours and provide invaluable resources throughout the year to make their communities a better place to live, all while continuing to offer quality financial products and services to their customers. ICBA Community Banking Month gives ICBA and its community bank members across the country a chance to thank their customers and celebrate the communities we so proudly serve."

Thousands of community banks recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in a variety of ways. Whether they host special events with local charities, promote economic development initiatives or offer programs to boost financial literacy, community banks continue to enrich their communities and lives of the customers they serve.

During ICBA Community Banking Month, community service and financial literacy programs take center stage. In fact, ICBA honors community banks each year for service to their community with the ICBA National Community Bank Service Award. In 2009, seven community banks were honored for their unparalleled acts of community service by providing leadership in financial literacy, supporting education and providing emergency relief to families in the wake of natural disaster. To view the ICBA National Community Bank Service Award winner press release click here.

"Community banks are an integral part of the economic, financial and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America," said Menzies. "Community banks continue to work hard everyday to improve the quality of life in their communities because they are part of their community—a uniqueness that only community banks can bring to the table."

ICBA member community banks employ nearly 300,000 people in more than 20,000 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories. Of the nearly 8,000 community banks in America, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members.

Learn more about community banking and ICBA Community Banking Month at www.icba.org.