Inspirus Opens New Lynnwood Branch

The third branch features interactive teller machines to serve members in Snohomish County.

Washington Asset Building Coalition ‘Take Flight’ Conference Coming Soon

The May 25 conference will focus on four specific asset building strategies, featuring speakers and interactive discussions.

Credit Unions Help South Albany High Rebuild After Arson

After fire destroyed a critical building, Northwest credit unions raced to the aid of the school and the district.

Learn How to Support Asset Building for Immigrants

The 45 million immigrants in the U.S. represent a huge opportunity to make an impact in asset building for many families and communities.

Oregon State Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

The LEED-certified facility will accommodate the credit union’s 30-year growth plan, accommodating over 200 staff at capacity.

LGBTQ Credit Union Movement Aims to Crowd-Fund Charter

Equality Washington launched a crowd-funding campaign to charter America’s first LGBTQ-focused credit union.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Washington’s rural Vashon Island will have two credit unions when Our Community Credit Union opens a new branch there next week; Valley Credit Union helps raise more than $14,000 for crime victims and collects much-needed supplies for struggling families; Providence Federal Credit Union’s ‘Community Impact’ Committee sees immediate results; Next week’s Young Credit Union Professionals meeting will focus on advocacy.

Northwest Community Moving Headquarters to Downtown Eugene

Northwest Community Credit Union broke ground on a new headquarters in downtown Eugene, Ore. this week, offering not just a facility for staff and members, but a community meeting resource as well.

STCU Unveils Plans for Spokane’s Storied Hutton Building

Spokane Teachers Credit Union announced plans last week to open a new branch and house its commercial lending program in downtown Spokane’s historic Hutton Building, a move CEO Tom Johnson said “gives STCU an opportunity to reclaim an architectural treasure.”

MBL from OSU Federal Helps ‘Shape Up’ Corvallis

A member business loan from OSU Federal Credit Union helped a Corvallis-area fitness center expand its facilities, and the renovated building now leases space to four additional businesses. Owner Jason Wallis said OSU Federal “really helped simplify the process and took a personal interest in making this happen.”

Green Acres Supports Expanding MBL ‘Landscape’

According to Richard Kansky, president of Green Acres Landscape in Salem, Ore., his relationship with Valley Credit Union has been the key to helping his business survive the recession: “It is so important to be able to sit across the table from someone who understands your business needs and has the authority to address those needs,” he said.

A Vision, Tenacity and a Credit Union Member Business Loan Created 100 Jobs

Believing those who oppose expanding credit union business lending are opposing community development, A Portland developer parlays a credit union member business loan into several thriving businesses and 100 jobs.

Free White Paper from CSCU: Rewards Programs Are Essential For Building and Retaining Member Loyalty

A free white paper from Card Services for Credit Unions (CSCU) explains how credit unions can implement a new rewards program and manage existing programs more effectively.

Members in the News

Your rundown on who’s doing what in the Northwest credit union movement.

Romero Tabbed as New President/CEO at SMCU

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union announced that Richard Romero, currently the COO of Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union, will take over as the new President and CEO. He replaces Bob Harvey, who retired in July 2011.

Large Credit Unions Urged to Join Group of Washington Credit Unions Seeking Prize-Linked Launch

At least eight Northwest credit unions have expressed an interest in a collaborative launch of prize-linked savings programs in early 2012. Larger credit unions are being invited to join the effort.

Compliance Update: NCUA says CUSO Can Act as a Landlord

The NCUA stated that a CUSO is permitted to act as a landlord, provided the majority of the property is leased to credit unions and members of affiliated credit unions.

Numerica Names HQ After Retiring CEO Cutter

The sign’s unveiling took place at Cutter’s retirement party, celebrating his 40 years as CEO with his last day scheduled for July.