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Maine league featured on Portland TV
WESTBROOK, Maine (2/16/09)--Jon Paradise, governmental and public affairs manager for the Maine Credit Union League, was featured in a primetime, five-minute segment during the “6 O’Clock News” on Portland-based TV station, WGME News 13. Over the past few months, the league has responded to a record number of media inquiries and requests for information and comment on a variety of topics, including safety and soundness, security, data breaches, credit union difference, youth financial education and--most recently--availability of credit, auto lending and the economy. During the segment, Paradise highlighted the availability of credit at Maine credit unions, noting some of the creative lending programs that credit unions offer. He detailed the participation of Maine credit unions in the Invest in America auto loan program and the opportunities it offers members for saving on new General Motors and Chrysler vehicles. “This program offers our members real savings, and credit unions are about value and savings for members,” Paradise told WGME Anchor Gregg Laguerquist. “It has also enabled a number of our credit unions to establish and strengthen relationships and partnerships with local auto dealers, as a number of dealers have reached out to credit unions regarding this program.” Laguerquist also asked for an update on lending at Maine credit unions. “Lending remains strong and has been particularly solid the past couple of months with members refinancing, and also mortgage lending,” Paradise replied. “The message is that Maine credit unions are extending credit to consumers and are ready, willing and able to provide any reasonable loan to members. “Maine credit unions remain focused on serving our members and that means working individually with each member to determine the needs and situation, and how the credit union can help,” he added. WGME replayed parts of the interview in later newscasts, including a prime position on its “News at 10” broadcast, a partnership the station has with the local FOX affiliate, airing the segment right after the conclusion of the top-rated “American Idol.” John Murphy, league president, added: “Our role is to provide information and serve as a resource for the media and consumers, especially in today’s uncertain and ever-changing economic environment. We have positioned Maine credit unions as very strong, solid and safe, and that is an important message for members and other consumers to hear.”
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