WESTBROOK, Maine (5/27/14)--The media in Maine has gobbled up recent news of strong growth at the state's credit unions, described in the 2013 year-end statistics released by the Maine Credit Union League last month.
Newspapers, local television affiliates and radio shows have particularly honed in on membership growth at credit unions in Maine, reporting the trend of 40,000 new members over the past six years (Weekly Update May 23).
"Adding 40,000 new members since the Great Recession in 2008 is a real positive story," said league president John Murphy. "Our hard work in cultivating strong media relationships throughout the state paid dividends by giving us the opportunity to tell our story and tout our growth."
Over the past month, league representatives have sat down for a multitude of interviews for stories that have appeared in publications such as the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal, The Morning Sentinel, the Times Record and the Journal Tribune.
League leaders also gave a lengthy interview on a popular morning radio news show in Maine, "The WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike" on WGAN 560, and have provided content for news stories airing on radio stations across the state.
Representatives have appeared in news briefs on a handful of TV stations as well, including WGME CBS 13, WAGM TV 8, WABI TV 5 and WVII ABC 7.
Often, the stories and interviews remind consumers that Maine credit unions feature the largest surcharge-free ATM network, a shared-branch network with nearly three times more branches than any bank in the state, new technology with mobile deposit, and the benefits of the cooperative structure of credit unions.