News & Notes From Around the Northwest: CU Expansions and ‘The Big Float’

Columbia Expands Service to Oregon

Following regional economic trends where people live and work on both sides of the Columbia River, Columbia Credit Union (Vancouver, WA) has announce an expansion of its service area to include a four-county community in the Portland, Oregon metro area. 

The new service area includes Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Columbia Credit Union membership is now open to everyone who lives or works in Washington State or the Oregon four-county community and their families. Businesses located in these communities are also eligible for membership and Credit Union services.

“This natural progression and logical expansion of our market opens the door for us to better serve the 5,500+ families we’re already assisting across the Columbia River and opens our services to others who may have wanted to join Columbia Credit Union, but couldn’t,” says Steve Kenny President and CEO of the Credit Union. 

“This is exciting news that will allow us to be everywhere our members are and drive diversified growth for our credit union in the years ahead.  We’ve been making life better here in Clark County, Washington since 1952. Now, we have the opportunity to do the same for our neighbors in the Portland metro area.”

Click here for the full announcement from Columbia.

STCU to Open Downtown Coeur d’Alene Branch

Spokane-based STCU has announced plans to open a new branch location with a view of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s McEuen Park.
Remodeling is scheduled to begin this summer at 401 Front Avenue, Suite 100, in downtown Coeur d’Alene. STCU is leasing the former Bank of America branch from Blackridge Properties, with Nystrom Olson Architects handling design work.
The STCU Downtown Coeur d’Alene Branch is slated to open in late 2016 or early 2017.
“STCU is excited to offer a convenient downtown branch location for members who live or visit Coeur d’Alene,” said Tom Johnson, STCU president and CEO. “It may be the only STCU branch location where you can walk out the door and watch osprey constructing a nest.”

At 3,600 square feet, the new branch will be similar in size to the STCU Crossroads Branch in Coeur d’Alene, which opened in 2015. The Downtown Coeur d’Alene Branch, with a drive-through and ATM, will have a staff of five to seven.
STCU currently has 18 branch locations, including 14 in Washington and four in North Idaho. That will grow to 19 branch locations in August, when the STCU Qualchan Branch is scheduled to open in Spokane’s Latah Valley.
The Downtown Coeur d’Alene Branch will be STCU’s 20th location.

Point West Plans Next ‘Big Float’

Point West Credit Union (Portland, OR) is hosting its sixth Big Float, beginning at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The event promises fun in the sun, free food, live music, and of course the main attraction—a relaxing float on our beautiful Willamette River!


The Big Float, benefiting Human Access Project.


Sunday, July 10, 2016  11:00 am – 6:00 pm 


Willamette River (westside) Tom McCall Bowl—Waterfront Park


$5 Through July 3rd, $10 after through day of event. Discounted pricing under age 18. 

Who will be there?

More than 2,500 floaters,observers and after-partiers.

You must provide your own innertube and life jacket.  Lifejackets are available through online registration or on location for $9.

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