November 13, 2006 12:39 ET

ChicagoFIRST Celebrates 25 Members as Goldman Sachs Joins Organization

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- ChicagoFIRST announced today the addition of its newest member, Goldman Sachs, which becomes the 25th member to join the organization since its inception in 2003. Goldman Sachs joins 24 other premier financial services institutions in the Chicago region that comprise ChicagoFIRST, including banks; securities, futures, and options organizations; and insurance companies.

"We are thrilled to welcome Goldman Sachs as our 25th member, adding yet another leader of the financial services community to our membership," said Brian Tishuk, Executive Director of ChicagoFIRST. "The addition of Goldman Sachs will further advance ChicagoFIRST's efforts to build the necessary relationships to ensure the resilience of the city's financial sector in the event of man-made or natural disasters."

In July 2006, ChicagoFIRST celebrated its third anniversary and, in September, the coalition participated in the planning and execution of the City of Chicago's Central Business District evacuation drill, the first large-scale evacuation drill ever conducted in a major city in which a total of nearly 3,000 downtown workers participated. ChicagoFIRST continues to expand its business continuity initiatives and public sector relationships, including those with the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Homeland Security, currently working on exercise initiatives with both agencies.

About Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, it is one of the oldest and largest investment banking firms. The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago and other major financial centers around the world.

About ChicagoFIRST

ChicagoFIRST was formed in July 2003 by Chicago-area financial organizations and seeks to enhance the resilience of the Chicago financial community. It does this by establishing relationships between the Chicago financial community and all levels of government and by providing a means by which the financial firms can coordinate with respect to homeland security issues. Additional information can be found at

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