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Gesa Credit Union has come a long way since its founding in 1953 when General Electric employees formed the cooperative after local lenders weren’t willing to make consumer loans.

Today, the $853 million credit union has evolved, with a community charter in place since 1996 and an expanded membership of more than 85,000 that includes a high percentage of scientists, engineers, doctors and other medical specialists. According to Gesa President/CEO Christina Brown, the Richland, Wash., area has more doctorate degrees per capita than any other place in the country.

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