2018 August Issue

Interest growing as infrastructure work advances on riverfront

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A substantial revamp of the infrastructure along the East St. Louis riverfront is more than half complete with truck traffic now using some of the overhauled roads and potential developers starting to show interest.    Phase 1 of the $8.1 million River Bridge District project is all but done, involving the reconstruction of…

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Economic developers to powwow on retailers

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A premier event for those who follow the retail development trade is coming this month to Fairview Heights.    The Downstate Illinois P3 Luncheon, held under the auspices of The International Council of Shopping Centers, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights. The theme this…

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Poettker: No place like home to construct new headquarters

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Poettker Construction Co. is sticking with its roots by starting construction on a new corporate headquarters and warehouse in the firm’s hometown of Breese.    Company officials took their time enjoying last month’s groundbreaking. They didn’t have the same luxury in 1986 when the company was applying for benefits under the Tax Reform…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Valve Clinic first of its kind in the Metro East

IBJ Newsmakers HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Valve Clinic first of its kind in the Metro East By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Valve Clinic at the Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Ill., is the first multidisciplinary clinic of its kind in the Metro East. Opened last     year, a group…

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Buildings totaling 2 million square feet will be completed in 2019

    Walls should be tilted into place this month at one of the largest leased properties in the market.    Contegra Construction is building one of the largest construction projects in the St. Louis area – the $115 million build-to-suit campus for World Wide Technology at Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville.     Developed by TriStar Properties,…

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POINT: Should Medicaid recipients have to work for benefits?

Yes, Trump administration plan would improve the living standards of enrollees By CHARLIE KATEBI     In recent years, states across the country have expanded Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans in an attempt to provide them with greater economic and health security. Instead, the program has made it harder than ever for impoverished individuals to…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should Medicaid recipients have to work for benefits?

No. Imposing such restriction is costly and threatens program By MADELINE TWOMEY    At the beginning of 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would allow states to impose so-called work requirements on Medicaid recipients, issuing guidance on how state officials can utilize federal waivers to incentivize “work and community engagement activities.” These activities typically include…

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Egyptian Workspace Partners Transforming Work Environments

    Belleville-based Egyptian Workspace Partners is assisting employers across the Metro East in transforming their work environments to attract and keep the best employees.     The company, which has been in business for more than a century, well understands the need to evolve and embrace changes in work styles that necessitate changes in work environments.   …

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