Oregon Representatives John Davis, Tobias Read Receive Community Impact Awards at NWCUA’s Signature Advocacy Event

Pam Leavitt, NWCUA Policy Advisor for Oregon State Advocacy and Grassroots, updates advocates on the 2016 session.



Advocates told their elected officials about the cornerstone of the credit union difference—the not-for-profit, cooperative structure. They also messaged the $141 financial benefit the cooperative structure provided per member household last year and the impact that drove in each and every legislative district. 

Two legislators received Community Impact Awards for demonstrating dedication to the people of Oregon through their support of credit unions.

State Representative John Davis, (R-26) was honored specifically for leading efforts to pass legislation allowing credit unions to offer prize-linked savings accounts to their members.

“We can honestly say that because of his efforts, lives will change for the better, when Oregon credit union members are soon able to offer prize linked savings accounts,” said Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. Stang noted Davis began his work in 2013 and “carried it through the legislative process” until it was approved last year. By late spring, 2016, some Oregon credit unions will begin offering the accounts, designed to build savings habits and offering account holders the chance to also win cash prizes.

“The collaborative spirit and action the credit unions have taken at the capitol is very unique in the business community. Especially across the Republican and Democratic lines, credit unions are respected and listened to and are seen as working together on issues of importance,” said Davis.

State Representative Tobias Read (D-27) was honored for his decade of service in the state house, and it was noted that he is now a candidate for State Treasurer. Presenting the honors to Rep. Read was Scott Burgess, President and CEO of Rivermark Community Credit Union.

“We are very community oriented. I think that synergy and that alignment that we have with the beliefs that Rep. Read has in the way he does his work and the way he represents Oregonians, that synergy really translates into him being a credit union champion,” noted Burgess. “He’s a member of at least three credit unions that I’m aware of, maybe more. He is what I would consider the go-to legislator when we have issues.”

“I really feel comfortable and well connected with credit unions. You’re a great part of the financial world in Oregon and I’m really looking forward to working with all of you more,” said Rep. Read. “We need a strong partnership and you show up regularly and add considerably to our discussions.”

Editor’s note:  Check in with Anthem on Tuesday for more details about this event, including remarks made by NCUA Vice Chair Rick Metsger.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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