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L-R: Barbara Bean, CEO of Cal Poly FCU; Eric Bruen, CEO of Desert Valleys FCU; and Pete Meza, CEO of Corrections FCU

CALIFORNIA CUs RECEIVE 'LICU' GRANTS
updated 03/19/14 03:59 PM
Part of National Recipient Group
Three low income-designated credit unions in California—and 124 others nationwide—will be able to offer new products, train the next generation of credit union leadership, and gain access to more resources to help their communities with grants awarded last week from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

In this round, credit unions received approximately $517,000 through the first Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grant round in 2014, with NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI) administering the funds.

Cal Poly FCU, Desert Valleys FCU, and Corrections FCU collectively received $10,500.

Cal Poly FCU
“There’s never a lack of projects we need help on,” said Cal Poly FCU CEO Barbara Bean, whose credit union received $4,000 to put toward a summer internship. The credit union will most likely hire at least one Cal Poly Pomona student. “We have a number of opportunities, whether it’s providing financial literacy to incoming students, helping us develop a home banking app, creating a new member rewards program, or assisting with our social media expansion,” she said.

Bean is grateful for the grant funds, which are “extremely limited,” she said. Cal Poly FCU continually applies for several grants but is oftentimes turned down. Demand is high among credit unions. “We get expertise that we could not otherwise afford, and interns receive money for working during the summer,” Bean said. “Our members will be served with new products and services they want—so it’s a win for everyone involved.”

Desert Valleys FCU
Desert Valleys FCU received a $2,500 technical assistance grant—money that’s going toward hiring a consultation company to assist the credit union in securing a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification from the U.S. Treasury Department. “CDFI programs provide substantial grant opportunities to introduce small business lending programs and Individual Development Accounts (IDA), both of which we see as opportunities for our credit union,” said CEO Eric Bruen.

He said grants such as these are important. “They provide a way for small credit unions to explore new avenues and opportunities to serve their existing members, and potentially new members,” Bruen said. “The real key to all of these programs is strategic planning and understanding how they enhance your mission or help your credit union grow, either in membership or services.”

If the credit union received CDFI certification, it will be in a unique position. “We’ll be the only CDFI-certified institution within several hundred miles of the communities we serve,” Bruen said. “This gives us a chance to offer something different and that’s a powerful competitive edge in today’s market.”

Corrections FCU
Corrections FCU received $4,000 to hire a student accounting intern—an important position at this stage of the credit union’s operations. “We’re looking at implementing a new core data processor and a fixed-asset software program,” said CEO Pete Meza. “Whoever is hired for the internship will be completing due diligence for this.”

The credit union will be holding interviews with students from four local colleges. At $10 per hour, Corrections FCU will benefit from 400 hours of internship work. “The grant is going to help us out a lot,” Meza said. “We’re very grateful.”

Since 2001, NCUA has received more than $12.8 million in grant funding for credit unions serving low-income communities. The revolving grant and loan fund was established by Congress. In this current round, 320 credit unions submitted grant applications to NCUA, with more than $2.3 million in funding requests. Click here for more information.

 
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CUNA’S ’15-’17 STRATEGIC PLAN updated 07/31/15 09:44 AM
Letter From CEO Jim Nussle
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) sent to credit unions a letter which contained the association’s 2015-2017 strategic plan, detailing how President and CEO Jim Nussle will fulfill mandates he received from the board when he signed his contract last September.

CATALYST'S ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM updated 07/31/15 08:54 AM
Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Catalyst Corporate's 38th annual Economic Forum, which will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, near Dallas, TX.

WCMS CELEBRATES ‘15 GRADUATING CLASS updated 07/28/15 08:42 AM
New Fellowship Announced
On July 23, Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) celebrated its 2015 graduating class—the NU Class—in an elaborate affair. Ninety-seven students graduated with Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang serving as the commencement speaker.

NEW VERSION OF SPRIG BY CO-OP updated 07/24/15 12:29 PM
Available at iTunes and Google Play
An updated version of Sprig by CO-OP is now available at iTunes and Google Play—adding native apps, expanding transaction filtering, and enforcing enhanced security.

NCUA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 07/24/15 09:24 AM
Chair Debbie Matz Speaks
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Advocacy Blog, yesterday the House Committee Financial Service, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, and Consumer Credit had a very lively hearing where Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), testified

NCUA APPROVES $1.3M REDUCED BUDGET updated 07/23/15 09:22 AM
Board Cuts Operating Fund
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board approved a $1.3 million reduction to the 2015 operating budget, making better use of California and Nevada credit union dollars. Credit unions are obligated by law to pay into the NCUA, but that does not preclude the NCUA from its responsibility to operate in an efficient manner.

NCUA HEARING SLATED FOR JULY 23 updated 07/22/15 12:35 PM
Chairman Debbie Matz to Testify
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Please note this hearing was originally scheduled for Friday, July 24.

CA LEGIS. ADJOURNS FOR RECESS updated 07/21/15 09:15 AM
Bills Passed, Defeated, Pending
On Friday July 17, the California state legislature adjourned for summer recess and will return on Aug. 17 for the last month of the 2015 legislative session.

CREDIT UNION WASHINGTON UPDATE updated 07/20/15 11:50 AM
Congress in Session This Week
Nearly all state legislatures have recessed for 2015 with five remaining in regular session, including: Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. The House and the Senate remain in session returning for another week in Washington.

WCMS PRES. HONORED AT COLLOQUIUM updated 07/17/15 02:39 PM
New Fellowship Announced
Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) hosted its annual Richard Myles Johnson Colloquium in Credit Union Philosophy event at Pomona College on July 15, celebrating the credit union movement’s achievements, along with Dr. James Likens who is retiring as CEO and president of WCMS this year.

GET RECOGNIZED. ENTER TODAY. updated 07/14/15 09:45 AM
Maxwell, Herring, Desjardins Awards
Be recognized for your outstanding programs that demonstrate the "People-Helping-People" philosophy. Submit your entry for the Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, or Desjardins awards today!

SD ASSEMBLYMAN TALKS CU ISSUES updated 07/13/15 09:15 AM
CU Leaders Meet With Maienschein
Last Friday, San Diego credit union leaders met with Assembly-member Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego). Maienschein was elected to the Assembly in 2012 and served eight years on the San Diego City Council prior. Maienschein shared with the group his experiences in Sacramento as chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee and discussed credit union concerns related to data privacy and over-regulation.

NCUA, NTEU SIGNS EMPLOYEE CONTRACT updated 07/08/15 12:07 PM
Collective Bargaining Agreement
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz and National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President Colleen Kelley signed a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement, keeping the employee pay and benefits program competitive with the other financial services regulators as required by law.

AB 83 HEADS TO SENATE FLOOR updated 07/08/15 11:47 AM
Data Security Measure Gains 5-1 Vote
On July 7, after a substantive debate, the California State Senate Judiciary Committee approved AB 83 by Assemblyman Gatto (D-Glendale) by a 5-1 vote margin. The California Credit Union League testified in support of the measure that now advances to the Senate floor for a vote of the entire house.

'REACH 2015’ QUICKLY APPROACHING updated 07/07/15 08:50 AM
Rethink What’s Possible
REACH 2015, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' highly-anticipated convention, is happening in four months in Palm Desert. Are you ready?

CCUL SECURES AMENDMENTS TO SB 34 updated 07/06/15 11:52 AM
Uninterrupted Use of ALPR
After months of tense negotiations, the California Credit Union League state lobbying team has secured amendments to SB 34 (Senator Jerry Hill D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties), which will allow credit unions, other auto lenders, and vendors to continue uninterrupted use of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) information to recover their collateral. The California legislature has embraced a broad view of consumer privacy this year and is seeking to restrict the use of ALPR information for legitimate business and prevent someone with an axe to grind to use the information to stalk someone. SB 34 will be heard in the Assembly Privacy Committee on Tuesday, July 7.

OC CU LEADERS MEET ASSEMB BROUGH updated 07/06/15 11:13 AM
Assemb Brough Shares Common CU Bond
On the eve of America's 239th birthday, credit union leaders met with state Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point). Brough was one of several Orange County-area legislators elected in 2014 with the potential to serve up to 12 years in the legislature. Brough shared with the group his professional experience with credit unions dating back to his time as an aide to Congressman Christopher Cox who also represented the Orange County area.

CUNA, CMG: LOAN GROWTH ’15 & ‘16 updated 07/06/15 10:49 AM
Double-Digit Increases Year-Over-Year
The Credit Union National Administration (CUNA) and CUNA Mutual Group (CMG) economists expects loan growth to reach 11 percent in 2015 for the national economy, greater than the 10.4 percent increase in 2014. They forecast a minimum 10 percent growth in 2016.

NEW RIDE-SHARE RULES EFFECTIVE updated 07/02/15 04:30 PM
Insurance for Companies, Drivers
A new law requiring transportation network company (TNC) drivers and companies to have liability insurance when operating the ride-share app went into effect July 1, 2015.

SHARED CEO MODEL AND SMALL CUs updated 07/01/15 11:51 AM
CEO Jon Hernandez Shares Insight
Mattel FCU, Calcom FCU, and Nikkei CU CEO Jon Hernandez is armed with the task of running three credit unions as independent institutions, complete with their own memberships and boards. However, a savvy business man and leader, Hernandez takes advantage of economies of scale and shared resources when it makes.

CUES HONORS INSTITUTE GRADS updated 07/01/15 03:11 PM
Four from CA CUs
Four leaders from California credit unions are recent grads of the CUES Governance Leadership Institute: John Buttril, director at Xceed Financial CU; Edward Fujimoto, Supervisory Committee chair at California CU; Norma Iadevaia, board chair at University CU; and David Ostash, board chair at AltaOne FCU. A total of 39 credit union board members and executives from around the country graduated, each earning the distinguished Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) designation.

LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 06/30/15 11:02 AM
Q2 2015 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the second quarter and year-to-date benefits extended to your credit union as a valued member of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Congress Out, Meet with CU Leaders updated 06/30/15 10:25 AM
Southern California Credit Union Leaders Meet with Long Beach Representative Alan Lowenthal
With Congress in their districts for the 4th of July Recess, credit union leaders are at work with our congressional delegation. Today, leaders from Long Beach and Orange County met with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) at LBS Financial Credit Union. Congressman Lowenthal is a long time credit union supporter — he also told the group that he has been a member of LBS Financial CU for more than 46 years!

O.C. ECONOMIC FORECAST updated 06/30/15 09:30 AM
Local Conditions Gain Momentum
Picture this: It’s January 2017. Seven years into the recovery, your local Orange County economy has found a sweet spot among California and the United States. It’s humming along nicely—not too slow, not too fast. And the past two years? Smooth sailing.