Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 115 Republic Bank chairman and CEO Steve Trager recalls being immediately attracted to the collaborative west Louisville YMCA initiative pitched to him eight years ago by Y president and chairman Steve Tarver. As a Louisville-based bank, Republic has long followed the mantra: what we make here stays here. "Right away, based on areas of need we'd identified in our community, the idea of a YMCA in west Louisville felt like a difference maker," Trager reports. Historically, Republic Bank has been dedicated to giving back to the communities where clients and associates live and work. Trager says, "We believe our communities are stronger when we support one another. We have always hoped by sharing our success with the Republic Bank Foundation Invests In West Louisville's New YMCA community, and giving back, we can make someone's life a little easier and, ultimately, make our hometown better." In collaboration with Norton Healthcare, ProRehab Physical Therapy and Family and Children's Place, the Republic Bank Foundation is helping fund west Louisville's new YMCA, a combined $28 million investment named the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA. Like its collaborating partners and tenants, Republic Bank wanted to do more than simply make a financial contribution toward the initiative. The new Y building will be located at 1720 West Broadway and Republic Bank will open a branch there, providing traditional banking services and financial literacy training for west Louisville residents, including classes on saving, credit and homeownership. This financial-empowerment component was important to the YMCA in meeting the objective of strengthening community and improving physical and emotional health and well-being. "There's lots of talk about investing in west Louisville. We didn't just want to talk the talk. We wanted to walk the walk," Trager explains. The new building, the most accessible Y facility along the TARC route, will be two stories, with a fitness center, 25-meter pool, gymnasium, classrooms, locker rooms, indoor track and a Kid's Club that will provide childcare while members exercise. Local officials predict the new Y, expected to open in late fall 2019, will serve as a catalyst for economic development in the area. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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