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Regional Payments Associations Launch Joint Effort

EVERYWHERE, U.S.A. (January 13, 2017) – Today, in a joint initiative to demonstrate their dedication to the payments industry, the 11 Regional Payments Associations (RPAs) launched a joint logo and website at

Though independently operated, the individual RPAs share a common purpose to advocate, collaborate and educate, advancing payments systems quality by improving compliance with payments rules and regulations. Collectively, the RPAs provide personalized education and grassroots support for existing and emerging payments systems to over 12,000 financial institutions, corporations, payments technology providers and state/local governments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

RPAs are staffed with subject matter experts who possess years of banking and credit union, cash management and payments industry experience in general. Many are Accredited ACH Professionals (AAPs), National Check Professionals (NCPs), Certified Treasury Professionals (CTPs) and some also hold other types of payments related accreditations. Working collaboratively with industry partners, RPAs advocate to improve efficiency, reduce risk and improve the ACH, Card, Check, Image, Wire and emerging payments systems.

“Regional Payments Associations are uniquely positioned to support a safe, ubiquitous, faster payments capability in the United States. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to provide all industry stakeholders with support and education on a grassroots level as we all move forward with meeting the demands of an ever-changing payments environment,” stated Mary Gilmeister, AAP, NCP, President, WACHA and Chairperson for the Regional Payments Association Executive Forum.

As non-profit organizations, the RPAs’ motivation is to improve payments quality for all payments systems stakeholders. The launch of the collective brand and website is an open invitation to the payments industry to reach out to the RPA community as go-to, local payments partners with national impact.

The Regional Payments Associations comprising this cooperative effort include: ePayResources (Dallas, TX), EPCOR (Kansas City, MO), MACHA – The Mid-Atlantic Payments Association (Hanover, MD), NEACH – New England ACH Association (Burlington, MA), PaymentsFirst (Atlanta, GA), SHAZAM, Inc. (Johnston, IA), Southern Financial Exchange (New Orleans, LA), The Clearing House Payments Authority (New York, NY), UMACHA – Upper Midwest ACH Association (Brooklyn Park, MN), WACHA – The Premier Payments Resource (Germantown, WI) and WesPay (San Francisco, CA).

About Regional Payments Associations

Regional Payments Associations (RPAs) are comprised of a nationwide network of 11 associations with over 40 years’ experience supporting the evolution of the U.S. payments system. RPAs are independently operated but together provide personalized, grassroots support for both existing and emerging payments systems. For more information about the Regional Payments Associations, visit