Aug. 28, 2012 – The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., kicks in to high gear today following the postponement of Monday’s slate of activities due to an oncoming tropical storm, and NAFCU board and staff will be attending to draw attention to credit union issues.
NAFCU Board Member and CEO of Randolph Brooks FCU Randy Smith, NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Dan Berger and NAFCU Senior Associate Director Jillian Pevo will be participating in RNC activities and meeting with Republican lawmakers to build support for legislative efforts aimed at helping to improve credit unions’ current operating environment.
The convention, which will see former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accept the Republican nomination for president, was originally scheduled to begin major activities on Monday, but concerns about Tropical Storm Isaac prompted a change in planning. Monday's planned speakers are now expected to be worked into the schedule later in the week. Some activities that were planned for Monday have been cancelled indefinitely.
The possibility remains that Tropical Storm Isaac could prompt further changes to the convention schedule. According to the National Weather Service, Isaac could reach hurricane strength and make landfall today somewhere along a stretch from New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle.
On Friday, NCUA issued a bulletin to credit unions and their members about the storm. NCUA urged credit unions to take appropriate precautions in preparation for the storm. The agency also said it stands ready to activate the agency’s emergency response plan, if necessary.
As of now, RNC activities are planned to run through Thursday. The Democratic National Convention is slated for Sept 3–6 in Charlotte, N.C. NAFCU will be participating in that convention as well.