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Beecher, First Community Bank and Trust Well Represented at Washington Policy Summit

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2011)—First Community Bank and Trust's President Greg Ohlendorf and Brad Coats, One of the bank's Directors, recently participated in two days of congressional visits as part of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Washington Policy Summit, which was held May 2-3 in the nation's capital. During the summit Ohlendorf and Coats advocated the needs of Main Street and pertinent community banking issues that help drive economic stability and prosperity within Beecher.

"Bringing ICBA member community bankers to Washington to talk one-on-one with their representatives is key to ensuring the community bank perspective is heard loud and clear on top community bank issues such as the Tester/Corker Interchange bill, the harsh regulatory examination environment, suffocating regulatory burden and reforming the housing-finance GSEs," said Sal Marranca, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y., and a participant in the event. "The community bankers who attended ICBA's Washington Policy Summit made a difference at this critical time for Main Street—proving once again that community banks truly are the financial foundation of our nation and the economic engines that drive prosperity and well-being on Main Street."

Each year, the ICBA Washington Policy Summit brings community bankers from across the country to Washington to meet with their members of Congress and federal regulators and discuss a wide range of issues that affect community banking. This year, the nearly 1,000 attendees heard from Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Reps. Spencer T. Bachus III (R-Ala.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Thomas M. Hoenig.

"Personal contact with policymakers is the most effective way for us to educate our representatives in Washington about the issues facing community banks, our customers and our local community, which we so proudly serve each and every day," said Ohlendorf. "It's vital for the community to have our voice heard in Washington so we can let our members of Congress know what issues we need addressed back home to make our community an even better place to work and live," Coats added.

For additional information about the ICBA Washington Policy Summit and ICBA's policy priorities, 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 99 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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