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2017 September Issue

Q&A with John Nations, president and CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency, and Mary Lamie, executive director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway District

    IBJ: Why did Bi-State launch the St. Louis Regional Freightway District?        Nations: We’re very proud of that. St. Louis has key transportation assets. This is the northernmost point you can go on the Mississippi River completely unrestricted by locks and dams. There is tremendous highway capacity and airport capacity. Six of the seven…

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International agribusinesses developing Sauget riverfront

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Development of materials handling facilities along the Sauget riverfront has been booming in recent years. Rich Sauget, Sr., president of East County Enterprises, said that it started about eight years ago when the Archer Daniels Midland Co., a global agribusiness company headquartered in Chicago, built a terminal on the river. They’ve…

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America’s Central Port harbor improvements aim for cargo carriers

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    America’s Central Port has been busily working on expansions, additions and improvements over the last year, including the erection of a new 126,000-square-foot distribution facility that is now fully leased.     A 25,000-square-foot distribution building has also been leased. And, 4.5 new miles of new rail track was finished late last…

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Agriculture freight network in region poised for growth

    GRANITE CITY — One 15-mile section of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis region delivers the highest level of grain barge handling capacity anywhere along the Mighty Mississippi — so much so that it is now being called the “Agriculture or Ag Coast” of the nation in terms of barge transfer facilities for…

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Governor signs off on numerous laws affecting business, more

Measure updates state’s cybersecurity reporting        Illinois state agencies will now be required to report all cybersecurity attacks within five days.    Senate Bill 707, sponsored by state Sen. Michael E. Hastings, D-Tinley Park, has been signed into law and requires state agencies to release detailed reports within five days of determining there was a security…

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Small business taking advantage of new technology trends

By JAMES DANIELS JR.    At the beginning of the year, small- and medium-sized business began to experience some new trends in technology that are gaining momentum. They are also starting to blur the lines between the physical and digital world.     With a changing environment in business, the trends below are becoming increasingly relevant. Artificial…

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IBJ Business News

IBJ Business News Memorial seeks second med office at hospital     SHILOH — Memorial Regional Health Services, Metro-East Services, Memorial Group and BJC HealthCare have filed a Certificate of Need application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for Phase II of a medical office building project on the 94-acre campus of Memorial…

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Why the story of Southwestern Illinois is worth telling

By RONDA SAUGET     In December 2016, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois created and initiated a comprehensive marketing communications strategy to tell a positive story of our region to site selectors, economic development professionals, investment bankers, and anyone who would listen.      So why now? As the American Bottoms Levee project nears its 100-year level of…

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