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‘Get to know m.e.’ theme of new Metro East campaign

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – A group of area businesses and organizations have joined together to launch a regional image campaign to help celebrate the many reasons people love living and working in the Metro East.

The “Get to know m.e.” campaign was launched to help everyone in the Metro East get to know their community better, embracing the people who live and work here and to enjoy the area’s many attractions.

gettonowmeProject manager of the campaign, Carol Bartle, says, “This campaign was launched to give something positive back to the community. Not only will we be using the campaign to tout the benefits and highlights of living and working here, but we will also use it as an opportunity to get people involved in making the community an even better place to work, live and raise a family. We hope to dedicate resources to projects that improve community living and education about the area as a great place to live and visit.”

A long list of businesses stepped up as host sponsors of this year-long campaign, which the “Get to know m.e.” committee hopes to continue year after year. The 2015 host sponsors include:

Ameren Illinois
Anderson Hospital
Archford Capital Strategies, LLC
Belleville News-Democrat
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
Cork Tree Creative, Inc.
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Illinois American Water Co.
In Focus Marketing
Lindenwood University
McKendree University
Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.
Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Mutual – The Lowery Group
Robert “Chick” Fritz, Inc.
RP Lumber
Sanberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Illinois College
TheBANK of Edwardsville
The Tourism Bureau Illinois South
UMB Bank, n.a.
United Way of Greater St. Louis

While the roster of host sponsors is full for 2015, the community is invited to help spread the word about the “Get to know m.e.” campaign by following it on Facebook and liking and sharing the information with their friends.

Area residents and businesses are also encouraged to give a testimonial on why they “live here and love it” at They may also go to the website to learn more about the area and the many attractions.

“It is so refreshing to have something positive that we all can feel good about, something that brings us together as a region vs. individual communities. Each of the communities in the Metro East has something special to share. We want to hear about it so we all can feel good about the Metro East and what it has to offer,” Bartle said.

People with ideas on how the campaign can help the Metro East as a whole, through a community-wide event, public awareness efforts or other project, may leave ideas by visiting .

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