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Columbia Banking System to Present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Community Bank Conference on August 3, 2011

TACOMA, Wash., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Banking System, Inc. (NASDAQ: COLB) announced today that Melanie J. Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods ("KBW") Community Bank Conference in New York City August 2-3, 2011.

The Columbia Banking System presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. PDT).  The webcast of the presentation can be accessed through the KBW presentation link at http://www.kbw.com/news/conferenceCommunity2011.html or by visiting www.columbiabank.com and clicking on the KBW Conference link.

About Columbia

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding company of Columbia State Bank, a Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank which was awarded third place in the large employer category by Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 and was designated one of  Puget Sound Business Journal's "Washington's Best Workplaces 2010".

Including the acquisitions of Summit Bank and First Heritage Bank, Columbia Banking System has 93 banking offices, including 68 branches in Washington State and 25 branches in Oregon. Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Tillamook in Oregon. More information about Columbia can be found on its website at www.columbiabank.com.

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which can be identified by words such as "may," "expected," "anticipate", "continue," or other comparable words.  In addition, all statements other than statements of historical facts that address activities that Columbia expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  Readers are encouraged to read the SEC reports of Columbia, particularly its form 10-K for the Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2010, for meaningful cautionary language discussing why actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by management.

Contact:

Jo Anne Coy; Vice President: Corporate Communications,


Investor & Community Relations


253-305-1965



SOURCE Columbia Banking System, Inc.



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