YMCAs in St. Louis Area Announce Planned Merger

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois plan to form a new association called the Gateway Region YMCA.

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois plan to form a new association called the Gateway Region YMCA.

Pending approval, the merger will take effect March 1. The board of directors from both Ys announced the proposed merger on Wednesday.

The associations have been in a strategic alliance since July 2013, according to a press release. Through the agreement, a task force was formed to assess the potential merger.

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