Credit Unions in Northern Nevada Generate $189 Million Impact

Credit unions serving members in Northern Nevada (fifteen counties) recently generated a $189 million annual impact to the region’s economy, which supported 1,397 local jobs in various industries and also produced $14.2 million in savings to those members.

This is according to a string of special reports released today by the Nevada Credit Union League for the counties of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine (click to view individually).

The economic impact of both locally-headquartered and non-local credit unions serving members across this region in 2016 also contributed to the industry’s total statewide impact across Nevada, which was $803 million.

As they pump financial benefits back to members through offering better interest rates on loans and deposit accounts, as well as lower or no fees, these 15 credit unions were serving 177,300 members across Northern Nevada (fifteen counties) through a mixture of online and mobile banking channels, as well as a network of 48 branches that members can visit in person.

The reports were commissioned by the League and independently completed and published by ECONorthwest, an economic research and consulting firm in Portland, OR. The study looked at balance sheet, regulatory “call report,” and operational data to come to its conclusions. ECONorthwest completed an independent analysis of credit unions surveyed and used a “multiplier-effect” model to extrapolate its economic conclusions.

Locally-Headquartered Trends
In a separate local quarterly-trends report for Northern Nevada (five counties), nine credit unions headquartered in this combined region collectively hit records in membership (118,000 members); money lent-out ($876 million); and deposits ($1.3 billion). These statewide trends in first-mortgages, second-mortgages, HELOCs, business loans, new and used auto loans, credit cards, and other consumer loans give a snapshot of how local consumers are currently spending their money.

“Credit unions’ combined ripple effect in the broader economy cannot be ignored as their financially cooperative, not-for-profit model reinvests local dollars back into local economies,” said Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the League, which is based in Ontario, CA. “These reports reaffirm credit unions' efforts to empower their members by helping them make wise financial decisions and thrive.”

Both the economic-impact report and local quarterly-trends report comes at a time when local policymakers engage in a renewed focus on the economic health of individuals. Household wealth and socio-economic mobility are increasingly seen as being tied to opportunities in financial education, an area many credit unions consider their strength.

“Research shows that up to half of wealth inequality may be caused by differences in financial literacy,” states a January 2017 Education, Income and Wealth article published by the Federal Reserve. “As a result, people are more likely to use costly home loan mortgage products, pay higher transaction costs and fees, and use high-cost borrowing options.”

For questions or to speak with a local credit union, contact Matt Wrye, media relations manager for the Nevada Credit Union League (909-212-6043). For commentary on the local economy, contact Dwight Johnston, chief economist for the Nevada Credit Union League (909-215-3657)

The Nevada Credit Union League
The Nevada Credit Union League is based in Ontario, CA and is the state trade association for 17 credit unions headquartered in Nevada (as of fourth-quarter 2016). The League represents the interests of 344,000 credit union members across the state who are member-owners of their credit unions. Credit unions help consumers afford life and prosper!


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