PHOENIX — Enjoying the city's recent population surge, the $3billion Desert Schools Federal Credit Union said today it hasreached a “dramatic” membership milestone of 350,000, a 30% jumpfrom five years ago.

The state's largest CU with 59 branches in three countiesattributed the member gains to a combination of its network ofconveniently placed in-store branches and its ability to provide“strategic services and products based on real need in specificcommunities.”

“Much of Desert Schools' dramatic growth has occurred within thepast five years,” said a press statement, “In 2002, the creditunion had $1.75 billion in assets, 22 locations and 245,000members.”

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