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2014 August Issue

COUNTERPOINT: Should Congress reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

No: Bank is ‘government-sponsored slush fund,’ should be shut down     What do Solyndra, Enron and Mexican drug cartels all have in common?     The answer may come as a surprise to most Americans – it’s a little-known agency called the Export-Import Bank, a government-sponsored slush fund that gives taxpayer-backed loans and loan guarantees to…

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POINT: Should Congress reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

Yes: Bank’s critics keep forgetting about jobs     Business owners often work nearly around the clock to ensure their companies survive and thrive in the global economy. They know more than anyone what works and what doesn’t. For 300 exporters in Illinois — most of them small businesses — thriving has meant working with the…

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Collinsville poised for growth, economic director says

    COLLINSVILLE — On her Destination Collinsville game board, Erika Kennett has three strategic pieces that she moves about, in order to lure investment.    The city’s director of economic development calls them “my three chess pieces.”     One of the enticements is the availability of retail development space in Collinsville Crossing, the complex that includes…

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Granite schools to launch hometown CEO program

    Granite City schools this month become the first in the region to enact a program aimed at keeping high school graduates in their hometown, potentially as future business leaders.    Called CEO, for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, the program allows students to take a real world view of life by looking through the lens of local…

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The ballots are stuffed for Illinois’ November election

    Those of us who like to pull a voting hit and run on Election Day are going to grind to a halt when we walk into the polling place in November.    You won’t be able to tell the ballots without a scorecard.    So far, five — count ‘em, five — statewide ballot measures will…

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency belongs at Scott

    Why in the world do we look upon moving jobs from one part of the metropolis to another as economic development? A few years ago, the state of Missouri used nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of tax credits to lure sandwich maker Landshire, Inc. from Belleville to Laclede’s Landing.    Or, more…

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URS designs cutoff walls to cure seepage woes in Wood River levees

The American Bottom Levee Project URS designs cutoff walls to cure seepage woes in Wood River levees By ALAN J. ORTBALS    After six years, URS’s role in the levee restoration project is winding down. With its design work completed, all that’s left is some consultation with the project engineer, AMEC, as the final pieces of…

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Labor partners with Flood Council, contractors on levee restoration

The American Bottom Levee Project Labor partners with Flood Council, contractors on levee restoration By ALAN J. ORTBALS    When FEMA lowered the boom on Southwestern Illinois with its announcement in 2007 that it was in the process of de-accrediting the American Bottom levees, organized labor sprang into action.    “If we didn’t get the levees taken…

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Levee Issues Alliance helps keep restoration project on track

The American Bottom Levee Project Levee Issues Alliance helps keep restoration project on track By ALAN J. ORTBALS    With nearly all of the levee restoration projects completed, underway or about to start, the St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance continues to convene its working group to make sure things stay on track for accreditation…

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