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LSCU & Affiliates Refreshes Brand For State Advocacy
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., and TALLAHASEE, Fla. (7/10/13)--The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) and Affiliates is refreshing its brand architecture, and plans to launch the refreshed brand Aug. 1.
 
LSCU & Affiliates is the parent brand for the league and its subsidiary organizations--The LSCU Service Corp. (LEVERAGE) and the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation.
 
Two new brands are being added to the structure to enhance the awareness and influence of credit unions in Montgomery, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Washington, D.C. The LSCU will begin using the Alabama Credit Union Association (ACUA) and Florida Credit Union Association (FCUA) brands with lawmakers, candidates and regulators for a greater state-specific identity and recognition.
 
"As the LSCU & Affiliates grows, it's important that we constantly look at our brand positioning to ensure that it's also evolving," said LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine. "State-specific 'association' resonates much better with lawmakers and candidates. All politics is local.
 
The refresh also will apply to any other organization either fully owned or managed by the LSCU--Credit Union Service Centers of Alabama (CUSC) and Credit Union Vendor Management (CUVM).
 
"Going forward, if other state leagues are interested in consolidating, this new brand positioning demonstrates our commitment for maintaining state-specific brand identity, which we know is becoming an important issue for some," La Pine said.
 
The LEVERAGE brand also received a slight makeover. LEVERAGE is selling more products and services in other states, and will remove the current LSCU Service Corp. tagline from the LEVERAGE logo, LSCU said. A new tagline was developed that is not state/league specific, but shows more of what LEVERAGE means to its clients nationwide.
 
LEVERAGE, "Your Advantage," lets credit unions know that working with LEVERAGE gives them an advantage over their competition, LSCU said.
 
"For Alabama and Florida credit unions, the LSCU & Affiliates will be our main brand and nothing significant will change," said La Pine. "The ACUA and FCUA brand will be laser focused on advocacy efforts only."
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