On behalf of the Credit Union National Association and our league partners, we welcome you to the 2017 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
Without question, this year’s “Powerful Cause” and “Positive Effect” means coming together as an industry and movement to urge Congress to support any legislation that would reduce the excessive financial regulations that burden credit unions.
Leading up to this week’s event, which will bring more than 5,000 credit union advocates to our nation’s capital, CUNA and the leagues continued their ongoing work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to generate support for credit union priorities. Now it’s your turn.
If your league has a Hill visit scheduled and you have an opportunity to attend, we implore you to do so. No voices carry more weight in the minds of elected officials than those of their constituents.
By making your voice heard this week, you have the ability to join the fight to strengthen the industry—and, as a result, your credit union and its service to your members. Ultimately, that’s what GAC is about.
It’s about connecting you to the invaluable information and resources you need to position your credit union for success through learning sessions and the largest Exhibit Hall in the financial services industry.
It’s about networking with your peers, trading stories, gleaning best practices, and gaining a more intimate understanding of the industry of which you are a part.
And it’s about marching up the steps of Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers the credit union story—that credit unions are the safest, most consumer-friendly option in financial services, and that they’re the strongest champion for the middle class.
That’s the heart of GAC: working hard to strengthen ourselves so that we can serve our members and our communities in the best way possible.
Let’s take advantage of the great opportunities GAC presents—for the industry, for our credit unions, and for our members.
Thank you for your attendance, and for your strong engagement.
JIM NUSSLE is president/CEO of CUNA, and ROD STAATZ is CUNA Board chairman and CEO of $3.1 billion asset SECU in Linthicum, Md.