Project Zip Code Hits Milestone Ahead of Elections, MBL Vote

Posted by Marissa Anema Thursday, October 04, 2012 10:58:00 AM

WASHINGTON – Project Zip Code has achieved a milestone just ahead of the November election by identifying 80 million credit union members in congressional districts across the country.

"This is a great milestone as it means we have matched 84% of credit union members to their current and new congressional districts," said Kristen Prather, Grassroots Manager and day-to-day Project Zip Code (PZC) manager.

The latest version, unveiled late last year, matches credit union membership data to the current congressional and state legislative districts. New districts for the 113th Congress are also matched by the new software update.

The data gleaned from PZC gives credit union supporters a great advantage as they work to advocate for credit unions and their members. CUNA, the state leagues, and credit unions are in the midst of a major push on MBL reform and other credit union issues as federal lawmakers campaign for re-election.

PZC allows CUNA, the state leagues, and credit unions to show elected officials how many credit union members are among their constituents with very clear numbers, Prather said. The data is extremely important as credit union advocates continue to push for MBL reform in the upcoming lame-duck session following the election, she added.

Credit unions can also use PZC to better track their membership and to plan future ATM and branching expansion. PZC protects the privacy of credit union members, as only basic membership totals are transmitted from credit unions to the PZC database.

To participate in PZC or update your credit union’s numbers, visit the NJCUL’s PZC – Update Your Numbers Web page at http://www.njcul.org/project-zip-code-update-your-numbers.aspx.

To learn more about PZC, including what the ABA thinks of it, and view a sample lawmaker report, visit the NJCUL’s PZC Web page at http://www.njcul.org/project-zip-code-.aspx

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