2015 April Issue

Cottages at Cathedral Square, Belleville, IMPACT Strategies

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Cottages at Cathedral Square, Belleville, IMPACT Strategies By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    A project long time in the making is soon to be a reality for Belleville’s St. Peter Cathedral parish.     Cottages at Cathedral Square, a 32-unit senior living community, is right on track to open its doors to…

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Building smart with Design-Build, The Korte Company

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Building smart with Design-Build, The Korte Company     Strong companies are built on the back of hard work. But working smart is equally important. The Korte Company says it has made working smart an integral part of its process for almost 60 years.    Founded in 1958, The Korte Company…

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Father McGivney Catholic High School, Glen Carbon, Holland Construction Services

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Father McGivney Catholic High School, Glen Carbon, Holland Construction Services By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Construction is underway on the new Father McGivney Catholic High School facility in Glen Carbon, with Holland Construction Services, Inc. serving as the project’s general contractor.     The current high school opened nearly three years…

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Moran Economic helps cities use TIF to attract development

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Moran Economic helps cities use TIF to attract development By ALAN J. ORTBALS     While Moran Economic Development is not an old firm, it’s quickly become the economic development right arm of many communities in Southwestern Illinois. Keith Moran, president of MED, said that he’s on call with communities like…

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Columbia hosts Illinois Tax Increment Association Spring Conference

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Columbia hosts Illinois Tax Increment Association Spring Conference By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Columbia will be the smallest community ever to host the Illinois Tax Increment Association when the organization holds its spring conference there April 8-10 but it offers a great opportunity for visitors to learn about exemplary programs. The…

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Advanced Outsource Solutions latest tenant at Alton Center Business Park

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Advanced Outsource Solutions latest tenant at Alton Center Business Park By ALAN J. ORTBALS    With the addition of Advanced Outsource Solutions late last year, Alton Center Business Park now boasts 650 jobs with more on the way. Its tenants include the American Water Works, American Water Resources, Imperial Manufacturing Group…

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Collinsville uses TIF to continue Uptown revitalization

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Collinsville uses TIF to continue Uptown revitalization By Alan J. Ortbals    Revitalization is in full force in Uptown Collinsville. The Uptown Structural Rehabilitation and Façade Grant Program continues to be popular with private business owners to provide a 40 percent rebate on permanent improvements to buildings. Twelve business owners utilized…

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Metro East housing numbers continue progressive trend

Illinois Business Journal Report    Metro East home sales are on the upswing, according to numbers from a pair of Realtor associations that represent the area.    The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois says the February 2015 housing statistics reflect an increase in year-to-date home sales compared to the same time period in 2014, in St. Clair,…

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Q&A with Donna Richter, CEO of the Southern Illinois Builders Association

    Longtime executive director of SIBA Tim Garvey is going to retire in August. The board named Donna Richter, of Freeburg, to fill the position of chief executive officer effective Jan. 1.        IBJ: What is your background coming in to this job?        Richter: I’ve been with the office since August 1981. I started…

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