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JACKSON, Miss. — Twelve years in, Hope Community Credit Union continues to be among those growing its membership the fastest, but the growth has come during a time when many of its members are still recovering from the deadliest hurricane on record.

Between Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2006, the $47 million credit union has seen its membership balloon–without the aid of a merger–234.72% to serve 9,000 members in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and now the Greater Memphis area. With just two fully-staffed branches in Mississippi and Louisiana, Hope isn’t seeking membership growth by spreading itself too thin. It has been the hardship and despair brought on by Hurricane Katrina and other deadly storms that ravaged the Gulf region in 2005 that has been the latest catalyst for Hope’s rapid growth, acknowledged Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope.

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