Members of the Rochester Area Family YMCA voted Wednesday to join the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

According to a press release, "The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will provide help with strategic long-term improvement in facility planning and developing, provide support services and technology to allow the Rochester Y to focus on service delivery, and offer additional focus on partnerships to provide needed programming."

The integration is also expected to provide the Rochester community with expanded opportunities during the coming year, which could include new fitness equipment, additional youth enrichment classes, an improved group exercise platform, a new swim lesson curriculum, updated teen programming and access to overnight and family camps.

"We are proud to be joining such a thriving community of YMCAs in the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, and excited about the future for the Rochester YMCA," said Ann Beatty, chairwoman of the YMCA Rochester Community Board.

Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, said he expects the change to provide community benefits.

"We are excited to collaborate with the Rochester community to provide whole-life wellbeing opportunities and life-strengthening services for youth, adults, families and seniors," he said. "We look forward to deepening the YMCA's partnerships in the Rochester community and developing even more innovative programs."

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