Regional Leagues Face New Scrutiny
The churning debate on the form, methods and cost of conveying the industry’s advocacy message through the state league network undergoes more scrutiny this week as yet another group of leagues tie the knot this Friday to officially organize the Denver-based Mountain West Credit Union Association.
In this case, it is Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming, which after nearly a year of study, will centralize and combine their processing, education, compliance and personnel functions into a single operation. It is leaving small teams to lobby in non-headquarter state capitols.
Newton, who also serves as senior vice president of league relations, said a defining trend has been increased collaboration and sharing of common products and services as well as strengthened management pacts on education and processing.
The Texas Credit Union League, for example, has more recently handled an array of internal services for the Arkansas and Oklahoma leagues, and there have been marketing and processing pacts announced last month among affiliates of the Michigan League, LSCU and the Northwest group.