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Project Zip Code Hits 90M Matched CU Members
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:40 AM

Credit Union National Association’s Project Zip Code has matched its 90 millionth credit union member to their congressional district, a major milestone for one of CUNA’s signature programs. Project Zip Code matches credit union membership data to congressional and state legislative districts, as well as counties.

“Matching credit union members to their legislative districts is an important tool for CUNA, leagues, credit unions, and members to ensure their voice is heard by the people in Congress who represent them,” said CUNA Chief Political Officer Richard Gose. “CUNA’s Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation depends on policymakers hearing loud and clear the need for regulatory relief, and Project Zip Code allows them to measure how significant this impact is in the districts they represent.”

Project Zip Code is a secure computer program that counts a credit union’s members and matches them by congressional district, state legislative district, and county. These counts are then uploaded to CUNA's Project Zip Code website and combined with data from other credit unions nationwide.

Project Zip Code data has been used for CUNA, league, and credit union advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local level. The desktop application of Project Zip Code allows users to design reports to get custom data about the number and locations of members as well. All of this is done securely, with no personal data or information leaving the user’s computer.

Since many credit union members reside in states other than the state where their credit union is located, the more participants, the more accurate the picture of each district. The program also benefits credit unions themselves by showing where their members are geographically located, which can help for planning, including new or shared branching or ATM placement.

As you prepare for our upcoming state and federal governmental affairs conferences, like the CUNA GAC and your state's GAC, Cornerstone asks that all credit unions in the region update their files. If you're not using Project Zip Code already, we strongly encourage you to look into it. Get more information about Project Zip Code here.

If you have questions about Project Zip Code, please contact April Krause at 469-385-6487 or at akrause@cornerstoneleague.coop.