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ICBA's "I Love My Community Bank" Campaign

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2011)—Today, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) launched a national marketing and communications campaign to celebrate what the association loves most—the nation's nearly 7,000 Main Street community banks, which serve the needs of their local customers each and every day.

"The 'I Love My Community Bank' campaign was created by ICBA as a method to support the new status of the industry in the wake of banking reform," said Chris Lorence, ICBA senior vice president/chief marketing officer. "The goal of the primarily social media driven campaign is to provide a creative forum for consumers and small businesses to share their experiences and show how choosing a community bank puts them at a distinct advantage."

The objective of the 'I Love My Community Bank' campaign is twofold in that it also brings national grassroots awareness to the importance of community banks in the financial system and the special role they play in America's economic recovery and stability. The campaign will also be fully leveraged during ICBA Community Banking Month, which is recognized every April to promote the benefits of choosing a local community bank and the personalized service they provide.

In conjunction with the campaign, ICBA has launched www.ilovemycommunitybank.com, an interactive website where consumers can post comments, upload a photo and deliver video testimonials about their community banking experiences. If you have had a great experience here at First Community Bank and Trust, we would be honored to have you share your story with others. A special Twitter handle (@iLuvMyCB) was created to both promote and highlight the campaign's entries. Consumers who share their stories will have the opportunity to be featured in ICBA's national social media campaign, which promotes community banks across the U.S.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation's voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit www.icba.org.

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust
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