STERLING FINANCIAL CORPORATION
111 North Wall Street, Spokane, Washington 99201
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INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On January 8, 2010, Sterling Financial Corporation ("Sterling") gave a
presentation to members of the Spokane business community disclosing
information regarding Sterling's core operating strategies. A copy of
the presentation is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. The
information in this report (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed
to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to
the liability of that section, and shall not be incorporated by
reference into any registration statement or other document filed under
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as
shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
S I G N A T U R E
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.