The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 20, 2013

Ransom renews support of new YMCA facility

YMCA Press Release
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Reaffirming his support to the YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County, local resident and philanthropist Jerry Ransom has pledged continued support of the proposed new YMCA/Event Center.

Ransom said he believed the project, approved this past May by city of Greenville voters, was “headed in the right direction” and would benefit the citizens.

“The YMCA remains an important cornerstone in our community in that it serves people of all ages, income and abilities,” Ransom said.  “I had concerns about the planning process, but a renewed effort by the board and community members has eased those concerns. I have confidence in the project and the organization and I firmly believe we are headed in the right direction. I am proud to pledge my support for this project.”

Andy Bench, president of the YMCA board, welcomed Ransom’s support.

“This is great news for the YMCA and great news for the citizens of Greenville,” Bench said. “This facility is desperately needed, and Mr. Ransom’s support is a crucial step toward making it happen. I know many people are interested in this project and want to help in any way that they can.  People will have the opportunity in coming days to contribute to the process of making this dream into a reality.”

Over the next few months, the city of Greenville and the YMCA will continue working toward a final plan for this new facility. This will be accomplished by the creation of the committees as was described in public briefings prior to the vote in May. These committees will continue looking at the building design, financing of the project and finalizing agreements with other organizations concerning their use of the facility.

Mayor Steve Reid said he is in favor of the new facility to house the YMCA. However, he also stated that the financial challenges facing the city of Greenville will cause the city council to take a tough look at the project and prioritize this project against others in the city’s capital plan. Once the committees complete this next phase of the YMCA project, they will brief the results to the Greenville City Council, requesting they approve the project as presented.