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U.S. House of Representatives Adopts ICBA-Sought Resolution on Community Banking Month

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2004) - The U.S. House of Representatives, while recognizing the economic and civic contributions of the nation's community banks, has unanimously adopted a formal resolution supporting Community Banking Month, a nationwide industry celebration sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and its state affiliates.

ICBA Chairman Dale L. Leighty, chairman and president of First National Bank of Las Animas, Colo., thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for adopting House Resolution 591 supporting Community Banking Month. He expressed particular appreciation for House Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) and Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit subcommittee, for sponsoring the ICBA-requested resolution.

"Community banks do more than provide quality financial services and keep local economies strong," Leighty said. "Whether teaching high school students financial skills, serving on a nonprofit board or supporting a local charity, community bankers work hard every day to improve the quality of life within their communities. This civic-service commitment makes community banks different, and it's wonderful that Congress appreciates our industry's efforts."

In addition to praising the role community banks play in supporting the economic prosperity and well being of communities throughout Main Street America, the resolution also urges President Bush to issue a proclamation calling on United States citizens to observe Community Banking Month with appropriate activities.

For more than a decade, ICBA, working with its affiliated state community banking associations, has served as the national coordinator of Community Banking Month each April, which highlights the many contributions community banks make to their customers and communities. Every spring thousands of community bankers participate in the celebration by holding special events. They often host customer-appreciation parties, conduct retirement investment seminars, volunteer at Habitat for Humanity projects, or hold a small business exposition.

"Community banks are committed to enhancing the quality of life for everyone wherever they operate," Leighty said. "Whether supporting a local food bank, assisting a family to buy a home, or helping an entrepreneur fulfill a lifelong dream while creating new jobs, community banks make a positive difference. Community Banking Month helps community banks celebrate what they do. It's heartening that the Congress has given its overwhelming support for our industry and what it achieves."