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The Year In Review

Poettker Construction coming off best year in its history

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Poettker Construction coming off best year in its history     Poettker Construction Co. enjoyed many opportunities in the retail and education industries in 2014 with 15 local projects in progress or recently completed. As a result, the company is celebrating the most successful year in its 34-year history with…

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Lindenwood University-Belleville extends its reach to community

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Lindenwood University-Belleville extends its reach to community     Lindenwood University-Belleville celebrated a record year for student enrollment in 2014 with a 25 percent increase from the previous year.     The significant growth can be traced to a number of factors including a new men’s residence hall, an Extension Center…

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Stillwater Senior Living Community caps successful year for Korte Company

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Stillwater Senior Living Community caps successful year for Korte Company     The Korte Company capped a successful 2014 with the completion and opening of Stillwater Senior Living Community in Edwardsville in December. The 45,190-square-foot facility offers 46 apartments and suites.    In July, Korte completed Southern Illinois Healthcare Medical Group’s…

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Ittner Architects designs the architecture of education

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Ittner Architects designs the architecture of education     Ittner Architects, which describes itself as “architects of education,” designs for the entire educational market including corporate training facilities, health care, STEM, and schools ranging from early childhood to higher education. The company’s extensive education experience is attracting new clients and…

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IMPACT Strategies reflects on philanthropic efforts of past year

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois IMPACT Strategies reflects on philanthropic efforts of past year     Reflecting back on 2014, IMPACT Strategies President Mark Hinrichs takes pride in the successful projects that the company built throughout the region. However, what stand out most in his mind are the company’s philanthropic efforts that made a difference…

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New jobs at Phillips 66 lead successful year in the River Bend

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois New jobs at Phillips 66 lead successful year in the River Bend     The RiverBend Growth Association enjoyed another strong year in 2014, and several members had improvements that benefitted the whole region.     Jack Schmitt Chevrolet moved into its new facilities on Illinois Route 143 in Wood River;…

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Gateway Regional Medical Center named ‘Top Performer’ for fourth time

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Gateway Regional Medical Center named ‘Top Performer’ for fourth time     Gateway Regional Medical Center was once again named a  Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health-care organizations. This award was for 2013 achievements and is the fourth time Gateway…

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Commerce Bank opens new, high-tech banking center in 2014

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Commerce Bank opens new, high-tech banking center in 2014     Commerce Bank has moved to the next generation in branch banking with its new, high-tech center at Vandeventer and Chouteau in St. Louis. The branch opened on Nov. 8.    Commerce has been on the corner since 1978. When it…

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Downtown Granite City sees new businesses, investments in 2014

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Downtown Granite City sees new businesses, investments in 2014     Downtown Granite City continued its resurgence in 2014 with more than $8 million invested and 10 new businesses opening their doors.    One of those downtown investors is Lance Callis, a partner in the law firm of Callis, Papa, Jackstadt,…

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Gigabit service draws interest among Highland’s businesses, residents

Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois Gigabit service draws interest among Highland’s businesses, residents     HIGHLAND — The city’s new gigabit service gives residents an edge on their Internet needs, but it’s also serving as a catalyst for new and existing businesses.    The attraction was clear in December when seven finalists participated in the 2014…

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