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Louisville, southern Indiana YMCAs agree to merge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The YMCAs of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana have voted to merge.

The merger takes effect on Jan. 1. The announcement was made Tuesday morning at the Mayor's Breakfast. The Boards of both YMCAs voted on it yesterday.

According to a news release, the merger will benefit both organizations by combining staff, volunteers, facilities and resources into a stronger association. With their combined budgets, the YMCA of Greater Louisville becomes one of the 25 largest YMCAs in the country.

Members with Community-Wide memberships will continue to enjoy facilities and programs at all 12 YMCAs in both Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana as they do now. The association will be joined together under the association name YMCA of Greater Louisville and the Greater Louisville President and CEO Steve Tarver will continue to serve as President  and CEO.

“The story today is not about merger. The story is how can we come together as one community with one great mission,”  said Southern Indiana Board Chairman Martin Padgett. “Both associations have strong reputations, a solid membership base and great staff. We look forward to seeing what value we can add to our memberships and how we can strengthen our communities by combining forces.”

The YMCA of Greater Louisville currently has 63,000 members and Southern Indiana 17,700. The total number people served by the two YMCAs, including Youth Sports, child care, residential and day camps and other program participants, will exceed 250,000.

Combined membership households for Southern Indiana and the YMCA of Greater Louisville will total just over 25,000 households for a market penetration of 5.4 percent of the service area's 371,000 households. The combined budget will be about $54 million.

With combined budgets, the YMCA of Greater Louisville becomes the 25th largest in the country. It is expected that the merger will not affect membership rates or staff levels going into 2016. 

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