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2016 April Issue

Contegra Construction Co., Gateway East 717 Distribution Center, Edwardsville

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Contractors Contegra Construction Co., Gateway East 717 Distribution Center, Edwardsville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Located just south of New Poag Road in Edwardsville, the Gateway East 717 Distribution Center is the first speculative warehouse structure built on the east side of Illinois 255. Construction began back in June 2015 and…

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Holland Construction Services, multi-family housing communities, Richmond Heights/Des Peres, Mo.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Contractors Holland Construction Services, multi-family housingcommunities, Richmond Heights/Des Peres, Mo. By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Swansea-based Holland Construction Services is the general contractor for two large multi-family projects in St. Louis.     Prominently located at Interstate 64 and Brentwood Boulevard in Richmond Heights, Evo is a new $54 million luxury apartment…

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Poettker Construction Co., McKendree Metro Rec Plex, O’Fallon, Ill.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Contractors Poettker Construction Co., McKendree Metro Rec Plex, O’Fallon, Ill. By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Construction continues on the new McKendree Metro Rec Plex, which is the first phase of The Four Points Center, a 45-acre mixed use development.     Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Scott-Troy Road…

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Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., 11 South professional office building, Columbia, Ill.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Contractors Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., 11 South professional office building, Columbia, Ill. By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    Construction continues on a new five-story professional office building being developed on a 22-acre site in Columbia, Ill. Ground was broken this past October, and an opening is planned for December of this…

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Q&A with Tony Bryan, executive director, Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tony Bryan, 37, was named to his post in February. The non-profit organization intends to address what are called unprecedented needs in the cybersecurity labor market projected by military, financial, health care, government and law enforcement agencies. The center’s founding partners include leaders from Southwestern Illinois College, Webster University, The Aegis Strategies…

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O’Fallon uses TIF to mitigate undermining and make new HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital possible

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories O’Fallon uses TIF to mitigate undermining and make new HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital possible By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Ground was broken last summer on the new, $300 million HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Ill., but it wouldn’t have happened without tax increment financing, according to Ted Shekell, the city’s…

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Moran Economic helps cities use TIF and other tools to attract development

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Moran Economic helps cities use TIF and other tools 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…

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Columbia aims to revamp section of main with thoughtful TIF approach

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Columbia aims to revamp section of main with thoughtful TIF approach By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Columbia, Ill., is in the process of creating a new tax increment finance district in hopes of enabling an imaginative reuse of a full block of Main Street.    The target property consists of the Immaculate…

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