ICUL News & Events: U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson Visits Dupaco Voices Building

U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson Visits Dupaco Voices Building
Ashley Hinson at Dupaco Voices Building
U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson recently visited the Dupaco Voices building and talked with Iowa credit union advocates about legislative priorities.

We thanked Hinson for her support of the SAFE Banking Act, which provides protections for financial institutions serving cannabis-based businesses in states where it is legal. HR 1471 was also discussed, which provides releif for credit unions from the member business lending cap. The bill creates an exemption for pandemic-related business loans made between now and one year after the emergency health declaration from the pandemic is lifted.

Prior to her federal position, Hinson served as a State Representative and was a strong credit union champion during her time at the State Capitol. We thank her for her continued support of credit unions.

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2021 IIG Participants Complete Virtual Prototyping Workshop
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Last week, Iowa Innovation Group (IIG) participants met virtually for the 2021 prototyping workshop. The sixteen innovators shared the prototypes they've created and talked through the beginning stages of their testing phases. We are excited for their progress, and can't wait to hear about the ideas they have to improve the credit union movement when they wrap-up the program in September!

Learn more about IIG here.


Filene Research Institute Releases Free "Road Map to Activating DEI"
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The Filene Research Institute recently released a free roadmap for credit unions to dive into how to create environments that value diverse perspectives and include DEI across membership experiences.

To download the roadmap or learn more, click here.


Coopera Authors "Why Credit Unions Should Consider DEI Programs and Multicultural Markets" Article
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Coopera Directory of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Jennifer Santos Esperanza, Ph. D., and Coopera CEO Víctor Miguel Corro have co-authored a CUInsight article titled, "Why Credit Unions Should Consider DEI Programs and Multicultural Markets".

"U.S. census projections estimate that racial minorities will be in the majority by the year 2045. By that time, Whites will comprise 49.7% of the total population, while Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Black/African-Americans, Native American and multi-racial individuals will make up the remaining number". Read more here.

Reminder: Support CUPAC Through Adventureland Ticket Sales
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It is critical for Iowa's elected officials at the state and federal level to understand the unique role credit unions play in Iowa's communities. ICUL's Credit Union Political Action Committee (CUPAC) provides bipartisan support to state legislative candidates who support credit unions.

Adventureland recently opened for the season, and we encourage your credit union to participate in CUPAC's Adventureland ticket fundraiser. This program encourages Iowa credit unions to sell discounted Adventureland tickets to their members. For every ticket sold, CUPAC benefits!

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Keisha Knepper at 515.224.8959.


Barker, Hodgson & Miller, P.C. Legal Tip: Vendor Nondisclosure Agreements
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A Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) protects a credit union’s confidential information and may be used when exploring a potential relationship with a vendor. A vendor may provide an NDA to protect its own sensitive information; however, we recommend using a “Mutual NDA” so the credit union’s information is also protected. Consider these items when dealing with NDAs:

  • Is the information to be shared confidential (would you want it posted on a public website?)
  • Consider all terms and confirm the credit union is comfortable obligating itself to act accordingly.
  • NDA should be signed by both parties before any confidential information is exchanged.


ICUL member credit unions have access to legal resources through Barker, Hodgson & Miller, P.C. Click here to learn more about the legal resources available, including additional information on NDAs. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hodgson at Elizabeth.Hodgson@amcattorneys.com or Julie Buenzow at Julie.Buenzow@amcattorneys.com.


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