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'CU Planet' Blog Launches With Videos From NWCUA Conference
PORTLAND, Ore. (10/29/13)--A man traveling the country to document the work of credit unions launched his project on International Credit Union Day, publishing videos he recorded at the Northwest Credit Union Association's Amplify Convention in Portland, Ore.  (Anthem Recap Oct. 25).

Click to view larger image Gene Pelham, right, CEO of Medford, Ore.-based Rogue CU, discusses credit unions' community impact with Carlos Rodriguez, founder and publisher of "CU Planet," a blog aimed at telling credit unions' stories and capturing collaboration between people and credit unions.  (Photo provided by the Northwest Credit Union Association)
Carlos Rodriguez, founder and publisher of the blog "CU Planet," posted an interview with NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang, and a profile of Gene Pelham, CEO of Medford, Ore.-based Rogue CU, as part of his blog's launch on Oct. 17.

The inaugural post also includes a video about Seattle, Wash.-based Verity CU's Mom Blog, a report about credit unions' role in helping Vancouver, B.C., turn 2010 Winter Olympics dormitories into condominiums, and a report about a partnership between Connection, Kitsap and Peninsula CUs designed to help members deal with the federal government's sequestration budget cuts.

A former credit union employee who most recently worked as a marketing manager at Santa Cruz Community CU in California, Rodriguez launched the blog because he said that he believes credit unions can help end poverty.
 
Rodriguez works alone for now, but is planning on allowing credit unions to upload their own material to "CU Planet," and says he hopes to expand operations with a view of turning the blog into a cooperative.

The NWCUA Amplify convention took place from Oct.8-10.


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