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Cooperative Trust, CUNA Launch Crash the GAC 2014
MADISON, Wis. (11/12/13)--The Cooperative Trust and the Credit Union National Association announced Monday that the application process for Crash the GAC 2014 is open. Applications are due Dec. 17, with decisions made in early January.
 
The Cooperative Trust, CUNA and state leagues/associations hope to attract 51 crashers--one crasher from each state and the District of Columbia-- at this year's Governmental Affairs Conference, which will be held in Washington D.C., Feb. 23-27.
 
Every crasher will receive a full conference registration from CUNA. If the chosen crasher's credit union can't cover all of the travel expenses, its league may provide some funding to help.
 
With more crashers than ever before, a deeper dive into the world of credit union advocacy, and support from state leagues, Crash the GAC will help arm young professionals with ideas to stay involved when they return home.
 
"Crash the GAC is an opportunity to give young credit union professionals a real insight into the wider credit union System and for them to engage and learn with likeminded young and experienced professionals alike," said James Marshall, leader of The Cooperative Trust.
 
"Now going into our fifth year of Crash the GAC, we are thankful to be partnering with CUNA to bring you the biggest crash event we've ever tried to pull off," Marshall said. "On top of that, the support from the state leagues and associations to ensure that their young professionals can attend the nation's foremost credit union event has been staggering. Bringing the focus to advocacy is key this coming year, with campaigns such as 'Don't Tax My Credit Union' going on, to make sure that our crashers head home knowing how important governmental affairs really are."
 
Crash the GAC will provide a tailored program alongside the main GAC event and mentor sessions with key individuals from National Credit Union Foundation, CUNA, National Credit Union Administration, Filene Research Institute and CUNA Mutual Group.
 
"I believe we need to develop next generation leaders to grow, promote and sustain the credit union movement," said Jill Tomalin, CUNA executive vice president and chief operating officer. "The CUNA GAC is the premier, annual, must-attend program for engaged credit union staff.  We look forward to working with The Cooperative Trust to expand the presence of young professionals in the 2014 Crash the GAC."
 
Use the link or email trust@trust.coop for more information about applying or about available sponsorships. The Crash the GAC is presented by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with credit union leagues/associations and sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group.
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