In 1937 a group of teachers with a vision came together to form a financial cooperative that could better serve the financial needs of Tucson’s school employees and their families. A year later, Tucson Teachers Federal Credit Union (TTFCU) was serving 38 members and had acquired assets of nearly $349. School employees volunteered their time to run the credit union until 1941, when the Board Treasurer was put on salary and the credit union moved into the basement of Tucson High School. Twenty years later, TTFCU had grown to 2,220 members, $1.8 million in assets, and six full-time employees. The first branch was built at Winstel and Speedway in 1961 and was managed by Abba Lee Bryant, who oversaw the building of two more branches in the mid-seventies. By the early eighties, TTFCU had grown to 22,250 members and $33.7 million in assets. It was during this time that credit unions became eligible to expand their fields of membership to new groups of members. TTFCU became TFCU (Tucson Federal Credit Union) and began serving not only Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) employees, students and their families along with the University of Arizona staff and students. On April 21, 2006, the National Credit Union Administration approved TFCU as a “Community Chartered” credit union. Our change to a “Community Charter” allows us to serve anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Pima County and their immediate families and household members.
Today, TFCU has grown to more than 49,000 members and $353 million in assets.*
The Tucson Metro Chamber is a membership-based business advocacy and networking organization that represents 1,500 businesses, employing more than 160,000 employees in Tucson and Pima County. Small business makes up approximately 60 percent of Chamber membership.
While you run your business, the Tucson Metro Chamber advocates for you by developing a climate in which business can create jobs and operate at a profit. The Chamber represents the interests of business with all levels of government, supports business-friendly ballot measures, creates a strong local economy and promotes the community. The Chamber also hosts the region’s premier networking opportunities and special events.
The work the Chamber does as Tucson’s independent business advocate is entirely funded by membership investments, Chamber advertising media opportunities and special events. By investing in the Tucson Metro Chamber, you leverage the strength of a dynamic organization with a proven track record of 120 years promoting a healthy economy and superior quality of life for all members of our community.
The Tucson Metro Chamber continuously updates this website, TucsonChamber.org, to keep members and the community apprised of Chamber activities and to provide links to help members generate business from out-of-town and in-town referrals.
Tucson Metro Chamber programs are developed through member-run committees that tap the varied expertise of local business owners. Through your participation in these committees and myriad networking and other special events, we can continue to grow and become an even stronger force in the community, region and state. We invite you to become involved.