WASHINGTON — Representatives from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association have been invited to testify before the FDIC's inaugural meeting of its Advisory Committee for Economic Inclusion (ComE-IN) regarding its Better Choice Program.

The meeting will take place March 28 at the FDIC's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Scheduled to present the Better Choice Program are PCUA's Chairman Norb Kaczmarek, CEO of Eire Federal Credit Union; Senior Vice President Michael Wishnow; and Associate Counsel Laurie Kennedy. The first ComE-IN meeting will be focused on affordable small dollar loan products, which is exactly what the association's Better Choice Program is. Forty-seven Pennsylvania credit unions are already in the program and the group is actively enrolling others, according to PCUA President/CEO Jim McCormack.

ComE-IN was established to advise the FDIC on expanding access to financial services, including reviewing basic retail financial services such as check cashing, money orders, remittances, stored value cards, short-term loans, savings accounts, and other services that promote asset accumulation by individuals and financial stability.

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