Entry Deadline Nears for 2014 Spectrum Awards in Marketing, Advertising, Branding & PR

Credit union marketers have until midnight on Monday, March 17, to submit their entries for the 2014 Spectrum Awards, which honor the Northwest’s best efforts in branding, advertising, public relations, community outreach and more. The awards will be presented May 8 at the NWCUA’s annual Marketers’ Conference.

Public Relations Expert: Crisis Response is 99 Percent Planning, One Percent Execution

The recent Target breach is a good reason for credit unions to dust off their disaster-recovery and crisis-response plans. A public relations expert who consults credit unions shares a priority list for marketers.

Stang says NWCUA Will Focus On Policy Advancement, Public Awareness and Collective Action; Tells Annual Business Meeting That ‘Market Share Matters’

NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang shared his vision for the future of Northwest credit unions at the Association’s Annual Business Meeting in Portland on Tuesday, saying he foresees a world in which credit unions are so relevant to consumers that they have “at least a majority share” of the financial services market.

New Marijuana Memo Changes Nothing for Credit Unions

The federal government has decided not to challenge state marijuana laws, but credit unions still will have to comply with reporting requirements when they open accounts for marijuana businesses.

Credit Union Marketers Honored at Spectrum Awards Dinner

The best of marketing, public relations and communications by Northwest credit unions was celebrated at the 2013 Spectrum Marketing Awards dinner in Portland Wednesday evening. More than 40 awards were presented at a dinner attended by more than 90 credit union professionals and business partners.

The DFI Issued Bulletin on Wash. State Credit Unions as Qualified Public Depositaries

The Washington regulator has issued a bulletin for credit unions interested in accepting public funds deposits. Credit unions that qualify may accept up to $250,000 per public depositor.

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Spectrum Awards Judges have Spoken

Judges have finished scoring a record 108 entries into the Spectrum Marketing Awards program, and winners are being notified this week. Spectrum Award and Honorable Mention winners will be honored during the Marketers’ Conference in Portland May 8-9.

Oregon Credit Union Public Funds Collateralization Program Launches

Oregon’s expanded Credit Union Public Funds Collateralization Program launched Monday, giving government entities more local options for deciding where to deposit their funds. Five cities have already agreed to deposit funds in credit unions in excess of the $250,000 insurance limit.

Credit Unions Protect, Engage Members on Community ‘Shred Days’

With the end of tax season just around the corner, several Northwest credit unions are helping their members stay protected from fraud and identity theft by offering safe disposal of sensitive documents on “shred days.”

Public Funds Collateralization Pool Generating New Interest in Oregon

Beginning April 1, all of Oregon’s public entities—including city governments, schools and fire departments, among many others—will be able to deposit money in their local credit unions.

Oregon Public Funds Program Giving Credit Unions New Platform

As the state of Oregon develops the back end of a new credit unions Public Funds Collateral Program, the industry readies for changes with the formation of a workgroup.

Legal Briefs

Your weekly update on the regulatory landscape.

Political Impact an Understated After-Effect of Bank Transfer Day

More than just member growth, Bank Transfer Day has led to a more favorable overall landscape for credit unions, including a surge in attention from and progress with legislators and policymakers.

Oregon Credit Unions Submit Groundbreaking Paperwork to Accept and Safely Hold Public Funds

Five Oregon credit unions have submitted the required notice and paperwork with the Oregon State Treasury to allow them to accept and safely hold large public fund deposits. New collateral protection will allow credit unions to accept public deposits above the current $250,000 beginning April 1, 2013.

NWCUA Regulatory Advocacy Update: Road to Public Funds in Oregon Longer than Anticipated—But End Is in Sight

The weekly Regulatory Advocacy Update outlines the NWCUA’s efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions and protect the larger movement. Included here is an update on Oregon’s public funds program.

Compliance Question of the Week

What are “public funds?”

Ballots Out for Aug. 7 Washington State Primary

With the Washington State primary scheduled for Aug. 7, the NWCUA is finalizing the list of candidates it plans to support. Learn more about the candidates, the individual races and the Association’s take on the coming elections.

CUNA Releases ICU Day Promotional Materials

CUNA has released marketing materials for International Credit Union Day 2012 with the theme “Members Matter Most,” selected by the World Council of Credit Unions.