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* NEW YORK (5/2/08)--The New York Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions Statewide Conference--the first statewide gathering of community development financial institutions (CDFIs)--will meet May 8 in Albany, N.Y., according to the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. The federation and Alternatives FCU, Ithaca, N.Y., have organized a Credit Union Collaboration Roundtable for May 9 to develop strategic partnerships. The coalition's goals include securing an initial appropriation of $5 million to the New York CDFI Fund; maintaining a separate appropriation of $1.5 million to EDSC's Minority and Women's Business Lending CDFI grant program; and raising the visibility of CDFIs on the state's economic development agenda … * PORTLAND, Maine (5/2/08)--Steve Ford, son of the late President Gerald Ford, will be among the speakers headlining the Maine Credit Union League's 70th Annual Convention, which begins today and continues through Saturday in Portland. Its theme is Maine's Credit Unions and the Maine Credit Union League--70 Years of Giving. Other speakers include U.S. Sen. Susan M. Collins, U.S. Rep Michael H. Michaud and Gov. John Baldacci … * LANSING, Mich. (5/2/08)--CASE CU hosted a visit by State Rep. Barb Byrum to the credit union's in-school branch at the Capital Area Career Center in Mason, Mich. April 21 in recognition of National Credit Union Youth Week. The credit union and career center offer a teller internship at the branch for students enrolled in the center's banking and finance curriculum. Pictured are from left, intern Sam Fata of Lansing Catholic High School, Byrum, and Nichole Putman, CASE CU sales and service leader. (Photo provided by CASE CU) … * COLUMBUS, Ohio (5/2/08)--Fewer than 23% of Ohioans encourage financial literacy in their families, reported the Ohio Credit Union League at a press conference in the Statehouse on credit unions' financial education initiative. League President Paul Mercer said Ohio credit unions are taking action to protect the state's future by teaching students to make smart financial decisions. The initiative involves promoting the MoneyAndStuff.info website as a financial education resource. State Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller (R-Columbus), shown here, spoke in support of the credit unions' efforts. Sharon Custer, CEO of BMI FCU, noted that through partnerships with schools, Ohio's credit unions have educated more than 20,000 students in nearly 200 schools about financial matters. (Photo provided by the Ohio Credit Union League) …


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