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Year In Review 2013 Southwest Illinois

Gateway Regional Medical Center takes patient care to heart in 2013

    With a new CEO and a third consecutive year of recognition by The Joint Commission, Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, was in the spotlight in 2013. Among its many successes over the past year, being named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the leading accreditor of  U.S. health care organizations…

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Bob Brockland Buick GMC relocating to Columbia

    Bob Brockland Buick GMC broke ground on a new facility along Old State Route 3 in Columbia late last year and will be open for business in its new location in the summer of 2014. It is just across the road from Weber Chevrolet, and some think it might be the catalyst to attract…

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St. Louis Regional Airport grows with West Star Aviation expansion

    In May 2013, West Star Aviation announced an aggressive expansion plan including additions to its facilities at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton. While the industry as a whole continues to rebound from the largest aviation downturn since the Great Depression, West Star Aviation, which has its national headquarters at St. Louis Regional…

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TheBANK of Edwardsville tops market share, mortgage loan lists

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois TheBANK of Edwardsville tops market share, mortgage loan lists     TheBANK of Edwardsville continues to be the choice for local financial needs, according to the latest deposit market share report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and mortgage loan statistics provided by Marketrac.        For the second straight year,…

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Holland Construction Services finishes O’Fallon firehouse

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Holland Construction Services finishes O’Fallon firehouse     Holland Construction Services recently finished one fire house and just broke ground on another as investment in the region’s public safety facilities starts to heat up.    Work on the Fairview Heights Engine House No. 2 started last April near the corner of…

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Uptown Collinsville continues restoring its strength and beauty

    Ten years ago, Collinsville’s Main Street suffered from blight, vacant storefronts and crumbling sidewalks. In the last decade Collinsville has implemented programs and developed financial tools to turn this around and now the “Uptown” Collinsville District is once again alive with unique shops, locally owned restaurants and an array of offices and financial institutions.…

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Memorial Hospital receives Magnet recognition again

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Memorial Hospital receives Magnet recognition again     Memorial Hospital again has attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Recognition Program. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.    Nancy Weston…

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Commercial Energy Consultants adds natural gas to reverse auction

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Commercial Energy Consultants adds natural gas to reverse auction     Commercial Energy Consultants, LLC added natural gas to its reverse auction program. The St. Louis-based firm had been providing the service for electric for two years, according to Mike Grimes, the company’s president.    The reverse auction is a computerized…

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SIUE’s rising ACT, recognitions give university bright outlook

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois SIUE’s rising ACT, recognitions give university bright outlook     SIUE has had a highly active and productive year.     The following are some accomplishments of which the university is particularly proud:    • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fall 2013 semester was highlighted by record total enrollment in the Schools of…

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Investment in Granite City exceeds $1 billion since 2007

    Granite City celebrated a significant milestone during 2013, reaching more than $1 billion in new investment since the start of the Great Recession, which created more than 700 jobs and retained more than 4,000.      “Despite ups and downs during the course of the recent economic downturn, Granite City has emerged standing strong and…

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