Columbia Banking System to Present at the Sandler O'Neill West Coast Financial Services Conference

Mar 01, 2011, 16:50 ET from Columbia Banking System, Inc.

TACOMA, Wash., March 1, 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 Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P. 2011 West Coast Financial Services Conference March 7-9, 2011 at Marina del Ray, California.  

The Columbia Banking System presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 9:35 a.m. PST (12:35 p.m. PST).  The webcast of the presentation can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the Sandler O'Neill Conference link, or via Sandler O'Neill at (go to Conference tab, then select Register to View Webcast).  The presentation will also be available via audio conference:  Phone number 877-253-8059; Passcode 1079263715#.

About Columbia

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding company of Columbia 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".  

With the January, 2010 FDIC-assisted acquisitions of Columbia River Bank and American Marine Bank, Columbia Banking System has 85 banking offices, including 60 branches in Washington State and 25 branches in Oregon. Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name at the Bank of Astoria's former branches located in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Tillamook. More information about Columbia can be found on its website at

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, 2009, for meaningful cautionary language discussing why actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by management.

Contact:  Jo Anne Coy; Vice President:  Corporate Communications,

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