The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) have announced a 2-year strategic alliance management agreement.
Effective Jan. 1, the NWCUA which serves Washington and Oregon credit unions, will provide a full suite of association products, services, and programming to ICUL member credit unions.
Under the agreement, the ICUL structure will remain intact and be governed by its board of directors. The Idaho Governmental Affairs Committee will continue to nurture the state level advocacy agenda. The 3-state collaboration will leverage committees and task forces together, to advance policy, raise public awareness, and promote collective action. An office with staff resources will be maintained in Boise, Idaho.
“Region-wide credit union movement collaboration is being demonstrated at its finest in this alliance,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA president/CEO. “The alliance brings collaborative synergy between Idaho, Oregon and Washington credit unions which already serve 50% of the population. With a connected focus on bringing the best possible operating environment through advocacy and public awareness, the credit unions in these 3 states will continue to realize the maximum influence of their collective voice.”
Added Kent Oram, ICUL board chair CEO of Idaho Central CU, Pocatello: “The strategic alliance augments the combined power of 184 credit unions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, creating a robust collection of tradition, independent thinking, and bright minds. Collaboration is the cornerstone of the credit union movement, and this collaboration empowers one community of credit unions to enhance the value and impact that nearly 6 million of their members enjoy.”
The NWCUA and ICUL have established previous collaborative partnerships. A 3-year agreement for the trade associations to jointly host the annual MAXX Convention was announced in August, and ICUL member credit unions participated last year in the NWCUA’s networking council programs.