Mississippi CU Leaders Join Thousands to Advance CU Priorities at 2024 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC)

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The 2024 Governmental Affairs Conference was held March 3 – 6 in Washington, D.C., with nearly 6,000 credit union leaders attending the credit union movement’s premier advocacy event.

Keynote & breakout sessions included a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence, the economy, interchange, financial inclusion, litigation trends/challenges, 2024 regulatory challenges, and what to expect in the 2024 election.

America’s Credit Unions President/CEO Jim Nussle told attendees that the strong, unified national trade association will fight for and listen to its members. America’s Credit Unions Chief Advocacy Officer Carrie Hunt said advocacy is “part science, part art,” and explained how the principles to protect, empower, and advance credit unions will guide building a successful advocacy strategy.

As always, Mississippi’s credit union advocates also held “Hike the Hill” meetings with our legislators to highlight the credit union difference and discuss issues that impact credit unions and the financial lives of Mississippians.  Interchange was a primary topic of discussion in meetings, along with the general need for regulatory relief, and the credit union difference.

Thirty-two credit union leaders attended this year’s event, representing and advocating for all Mississippi credit unions. Participating credit unions included:

1st Mississippi FCU
Brightview FCU
Hope FCU
Keesler FCU
Magnolia FCU
Meridian Mutual FCU
Mississippi Credit Union Association
Mutual CU
Singing River FCU
Southern Coastal FCU
Statewide FCU
Sunbelt FCU

MSCUA also congratulates Statewide Federal Credit Union Branch Manager Mark Milner, who was selected  as Mississippi’s 2024 GAC Crasher by The Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute. Mark joined 57 other talented credit union professionals from across the country in special #CrashtheGAC programming at the 2024 GAC. Learn more at https://www.filene.org/blog/crashgac24.


Nussle: America’s Credit Unions exists to empower credit unions
“We want today’s credit unions to be empowered with every tool at your disposal to serve members, meaning it’s time to get rid of archaic barriers and ‘one-size-fits-all’ restrictions.”

Hunt: Successful advocacy takes ‘grit’
“Together, we need to make that happen,” Hunt said. “Advocacy is part science, part art. It’s engagement, it’s relationship building, it’s grassroots, it’s campaigns, it’s data, it’s money, it’s timing, and it’s grit…It requires the right agenda and that comes from you.”

Thousands visit Capitol Hill to advance credit union priorities
Interchange was the number one topic of discussion in meetings, along with the general need for regulatory relief, and the credit union difference.

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While the NCUA is currently monitoring various types of risk – from credit to liquidity and cybersecurity – it’s also concerned about consumer financial protection issues and the agency’s lack of vendor authority.

NCUA’s Otsuka, DOJ’s Clarke share goals, approach at GAC
NCUA Board Member Tanya Otsuka, and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke addressed the 2024 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) Tuesday, where they outlined their priorities for their respective offices.

‘Junk’ fees, regulatory challenges, covered in GAC breakouts
Advocacy team highlights 2024 regulatory challenges; Political strategists on what to expect in the 2024 election; Panelists detail the latest in litigation.

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