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      YMCA in Marquette to expand

      The YMCA in Marquette will be expanding after receiving a rural development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced a $2,997,000 loan on Wednesday morning.

      The YMCA will use the loan to double the size of its wellness center. The revamped area will include a new health innovation suite with a classroom and fitness room to help individuals manage chronic diseases like diabetes. The YMCA will also use the loan to build two new gymnasiums.

      In a press release, Senator Stabenow said, "The YMCA in Marquette is already helping so many families live healthier lifestyles and become involved in the community. This rural development loan will allow the YMCA to help even more individuals with chronic diseases like diabetes improve their health and build two new gymnasiums to support youth sports and activities."

      Lisa Coombs-Gerou, CEO of the YMCA of Marquette said: "Today's announcement is terrific news for the YMCA and all of our members. We'll be able to use this loan to double the size of our wellness center and build two new gymnasiums. We thank Senator Stabenow for her leadership and support."

      Sen. Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects. Rural development loans and grants help communities across the Upper Peninsula purchase emergency vehicles, build new fire stations, improve water and sewer systems, or renovate community buildings.