ALEXANDRIA, Va.-NCUA has selected Los Angeles as the city for its June 28 next Access Across America Economic Empowerment Summit. The free summit, to be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel, will focus on federal resources available to credit unions to help them expand services to their membership through federal agency and non-profit partnerships. Credit unions in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington are invited to attend. "NCUA is pleased to announce the third summit of 2005, which will bring together our public and private sector partners to discuss economic empowerment and financial self-sufficiency," NCUA Chairman JoAnn Johnson said. "California credit unions have been instrumental in providing access to affordable financial services to the underserved and "unbanked" communities. We look forward to hosting this summit for credit union officials and volunteers in the western United States." The program is aimed at credit union officials and board volunteers. Key subjects to be discussed include member business lending, Health Savings Accounts, homeownership, financial education, and serving underserved areas. Participating agencies include the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Treasury. Also, presenting will be the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Small Business Administration, and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. "There are a myriad of resourceful programs available to credit unions," Johnson said, "however, they continue to go unnoticed. The hallmark of the summit is the innovative programs which allow credit unions to empower their members to achieve the American Dream of financial self-sufficiency." For more information or to register, visit www.ncua.gov or e-mail [email protected].

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