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ICBA and Nation’s Community Banks Recognize Community Banking Month

Community Bank Service and Financial Literacy Highlighted

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2010)—April is Community Banking Month, and members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and its state affiliated community banking associations are celebrating the vital role that community banks play in the economic, civic and cultural life of their communities in cities and towns throughout America.

"Community banks are part of the very fabric of Main Street,” said Jim MacPhee, ICBA chairman and CEO of Kalamazoo County State Bank in Schoolcraft, Mich. "Our nation’s nearly 8,000 community banks provide resources throughout the year to make their communities better places to live. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and ICBA Community Banking Month gives ICBA’s community bank members a chance to thank our customers and the communities we serve."

Thousands of community banks recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in a variety of ways. Some partner with local charities to host special events, others promote economic development initiatives. Many community banks traditionally mark the month by expanding their community service or financial education programs. ICBA recognizes community banks with the most outstanding volunteer programs through the ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards. This year, seven community banks were honored. To learn more about the award winners, click here.

"ICBA Community Banking Month gives us an opportunity to honor our communities, and through our awards, those community banks that go above and beyond in improving the quality of life of their communities,” MacPhee said.

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 8,000 community banks in America, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members.

To find a community bank, visit ICBA’s community bank locator by clicking here. To learn more about community banking and ICBA Community Banking Month, visit www.ICBA.org.