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Community Bankers Gather for 2010 ICBA National Convention and Techworld

Gathering Is the Largest and Most Vital for Community Banking

Orlando, Fla. (March 17, 2010)—Today nearly 3,000 community bankers and industry leaders gathered for the opening of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. The conference, which is the largest and most vital community banking industry event of its kind in the world, runs through March 21.

“The ICBA National Convention and Techworld is a tremendous forum for community bankers and industry leaders to exchange ideas, discover the latest trends and learn about new developments,” said R. Michael Menzies, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust, Co., Easton, Md. “Every community bank plays a vital role in supporting its local community, especially during these economically challenging times. This year’s convention is a perfect time for Main Street community bankers to find ways to empower their towns and cities across the country.”

Highlights of the convention include remarks from national newsmakers, including Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair and Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan.

Other featured speakers include Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, and Jim Collins, author of Built to Last and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.

Attendees can choose from more than 60 educational seminars on all facets of the community banking industry and a variety of networking events.

One of the premier community banking industry tradeshows, ICBA Techworld features 220 exhibitors, whose comprehensive community bank-tailored products and services reflect the dynamic innovation and change continually occurring within the community banking industry.

For more information and a schedule, visit www.icba.org.