The Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA) announced 36 new member agencies in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 357 new agencies.

Of October's new members, 25 are liberated "captive agents" new to the independent agency system – bringing new premium dollars and new people into the system. SIAA has helped create 251 new agencies so far in 2010.

SIAA members have written more than $216 million in new business premiums through August and are projected to write over $289 million in new business premiums for 2010, more than 20 percent from 2009′s figure of $235 million.

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