Local Efforts Pay Local Dividends for Tacoma’s TAPCO Credit Union

Imagine your credit union being listed as a reader’s choice “best of” in your community, alongside the best teacher, best barber shop and best firefighter. Outside of your community, perhaps it isn’t a big deal. But down the street and across town, making that best-of list is as big an honor as one can imagine.

Late last week, the Tacoma Weekly named TAPCO Credit Union the Best Credit Union in Tacoma after its readers ballots for the annual survey were counted and certified.

According to Christine Walsh Rogers, TAPCO’s director of marketing, the recognition means that the credit union is meeting the needs and expectations of the Tacoma community.

“One of our primary focuses is to improve the lives of people who work or play in Tacoma, whether they are members or not,” said Walsh Rogers. “This is positive feedback that shows we are focusing on the right products and services, but also the right efforts in our community.”

TAPCO is a perennial local supporter of a number of local family events, including the Point Defiance Zoo, Pierce County Fantasy Lights, the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and the Puyallup Fair.

“We focus our buying locally as well,” Walsh Rogers said. “We try and do as much business as possible with other local businesses because the return and economic value to the community is greater.”

It’s not an Emmy Award and it’s not a Congressional Medal of Honor. What this award is, however, is proof that focusing the efforts of a credit union locally and forging a reputation as a community partner pays a dividend when the people that matter the most-—credit union members—recognize those efforts.

“Our peer credit unions are wonderful credit unions, but their focus is much more broad—regional, even—which leaves lots of room for us locally,” Walsh Rogers said.

Branded as “your friendly neighborhood credit union,” TAPCO has served the people of Tacoma and Pierce County since 1934. TAPCO is a state chartered credit union that operates four branches in the south Puget Sound region. It is the third largest credit union based in Tacoma with $268 million in assets, nearly 26,000 members and 61 full-time employees.


Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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