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Idaho shared branching gains momentum

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (3/25/09)--Eight Idaho credit unions, with 39 branch locations, will offer shared branching in a strategic move to expand their services, according to Credit Union Service Network (CUSN). Three added in February include Le Bois FCU, Garden City; East Idaho CU, Idaho Falls; and Lewis Clark CU, Lewiston. In October 2004, CUSN signed a marketing agreement with the Idaho Credit Union League to offer shared branching to credit unions in the state. It was the first opportunity for major expansion of shared branching in Idaho that would serve members in rural and underserved areas. CUSN is a shared branching network serving more than 94 credit unions in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Products and Services briefs (03/24/2009)

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* NORTHFIELD, Ill. (3/25/09)--RP Solutions Inc., a software developer and solutions provider for electronic and image-based payments processing, announced the certification of Digital Check’s CheXpress CX30 check scanner for use with software such as AR Express and RD Express. CheXpress captures two check images at a time for more accurate recognition and also has a programmable inkjet endorsement printer ... * LONG BEACH, Miss. (3/25/09)--Triton Systems of Delaware, Inc., announced it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council. As a member of the council, Triton will have access to the latest payment card security standards and be able to provide feedback on them. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity ... * LAKE MARY, Fla. (3/25/09)--Harland Financial Solutions has launched Shared Recovery Services for credit unions that use UltraData Enterprise. The service connects credit unions to Harland’s Solutions Enterprise Services Center and establishes a remote recovery site. Credit unions, including Two Harbors (Minn.) FCU and Life Line CU, Richmond, Va., have deployed the service. Shared Recovery Service also assists with meeting guidelines for business continuity testing and planning from examiners, Harland said ... * BURLINGTON, Mass. (3/25/09)--DeposZip, from Eastern Corporate FCU, announced its new Version 3.0, with enhancements including fraud detection and advanced analytics. Specifically, credit unions can flag new users for deposit reviews and set the number of deposits to be flagged; access key data about deposits and a depositor’s history; identify suspicious activities; monitor deposit adjustments; and track and update returns for each member. The version also offers a member-level deposit hold-override, statistical reporting, e-mail content limits; messaging and user alerts; and a new interface ... * SAN DIEGO (3/25/09)--CU Executives, a recruitment and placing service for credit union executives, has partnered with Sheeter Consulting, an employee benefits consultant for credit unions. The partnership will create many opportunities and benefit credit unions, according to Andrew Sheeter, Sheeter Consulting founder and president, and Elaine Boyd, founder and president of CU Executives. Sheeter is based in Windermere, Fla., and wishes to expand its presence to the West coast, the company said in a release ... * GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (3/25/09)--Xtend, a credit union service organization in Grand Rapids, Mich., reported that its February sales volume broke records. “The success of our two newest business units, Xtension Call Center and Audit Link compliance monitoring, has got us off to this fast start for the year,” said Scott Collins Xtend president. Mortgage Support increased 609% compared with 2008, with increases in SRS Bookkeeping and Member Reach at 13.7% and 12.7%, respectively. Xtend’s new compliance and call center also contributed to the record volume, the company said ... * LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (3/25/09)--CU*Northwest, a data processing credit union service organization, announced that Spokane (Wash.) Law Enforcement CU (SLECU), has purchased stock in the organization. SLECU converted to CU*Northwest for core processing in October. SLECU has $34 million in assets ... * WESTLAKE, Ohio (3/25/09)--A free webinar, “Surviving Hell Week,” will be offered Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET as a part of Jim Cardwell’s “Connect With Leaders” webinar series. The 30-minute webinar aims to show attendees how to keep their organization’s team focused and heading in the same direction during troubled times. “There is so much going on with the economy right now,” Cardwell said. “It is mind-boggling.” Cardwell is CEO of Cardwell, a software development and management consulting firm. (Photo provided by Cardwell) ...