Columbia Banking System to Present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Community Bank Investor Conference in New York City on July 30, 2013

TACOMA, Wash., July 18, 2013 /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 Community Bank Investor Conference in New York City, New York.  The Columbia Banking System presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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The webcast of the presentation can be accessed through a presentation link at http://wsw.com/webcast/kbw12/colb/, or by visiting www.columbiabank.com and clicking on the KBW Conference link. The webcast will be archived for 90 days following the live presentation.       

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.  Columbia recently received a 2013 "Top Places to Work" award from the Business Examiner Media Group and was named for the seventh consecutive year  as one of Puget Sound Business Journal's 2013 "Washington's Best Workplaces."

Columbia Banking System has 156 banking offices, including 86 branches in Washington State and 70 branches in Oregon. Columbia State 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, 2012, 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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