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September 30, 2014    

Peter Frank named executive director of Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Special Feature Banner

NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Frank as executive director of the newly incorporated Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA).

Frank assumes the position under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between NCBA CLUSA and PACA, the latest cross-sector cooperative alliance to organize as a Cooperative Business Association.

Frank is an ardent supporter of cooperative development nationwide, particularly in and around Philadelphia, where he has been working to formally establish and organize PACA since its founding in 2011. The association recently incorporated, established bylaws and obtained 501(c)(3) status.

His first priority as executive director of PACA, Frank said, is to “gather around the most talented and enthusiastic folks who can represent the diversity of the co-op movement in Philadelphia.”

PACA will hold its first Annual Membership Meeting and elect its first Board of Directors this November. The alliance is accepting nominations of Philadelphia-area cooperators through September 30.

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  THUMB 01 NAFCU asks Obama for retailer accountability in data breaches

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) works to shape the laws and regulations governing the operations of federal credit unions. In a recent letter to President Obama, NAFCU CEO Dan Berger pushes for increased accountability in data breaches. Click here to read the entire letter. NAFCU's press release follows: 

NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger wrote to President Barack Obama to urge support for legislative action on a national data security standard for retailers as news of successive massive data breaches at major retailers continues to break. 


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  ‚Äč NRECA International implements low-cost rural electrification pilot projects in Tanzania

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's international arm has provided electricity to more than 110 million people in rural communities worldwide. NRECA International's latest electrification projects are in Tanzania, where less than 21 percent of the rural population has access to electric service. This press release explains the projects:  

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced today that its international program—NRECA International—has contracted with Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA) to conduct two rural electrification pilot projects in the Kilombero and Mbozi districts. These projects will demonstrate newly-developed, low-cost rural electrification design standards that were proposed in a previous NRECA project co-financed by the REA and the World Bank. 


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  THUMB 01 World Council of Credit Unions' program enhances food security, rural livelihoods in Ethiopia

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. The Council has implemented close to 300 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. A recent project in three regions of Ethiopia increased farmers' incomes by 300 percent: 

World Council of Credit Unions exceeded its targets to improve food security and livelihoods for farming families in Ethiopia through a program that worked with rural savings and credit cooperatives (RuSACCOs) and directly with farmers. The 2009–2014 program was funded by the monetization of 23,000 tons of wheat through USDA's Food for Progress program.

World Council worked in three regions of Ethiopia—Tigray, Oromia and Amhara—which span half the country, to support RuSACCOs with mobilizing savings and expanding financing for agricultural and expanding financing for agriculture production. 


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