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2018 January Issue

Bank of Edwardsville marks 150 years of serving region

By RITA DUCKWORTH    It’s a rarity for any business to be around for 150 years, but one local institution reaches that milestone in 2018.     On Jan. 1, 1868, Edward M. West and his son-in-law, Civil War veteran Major William R. Prickett, opened the doors of a new bank in Edwardsville. Located at the site…

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Columbia branding campaign draws interest in community

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    More people know Columbia than ever before, thanks to a yearlong branding initiative that highlights the community’s residential and business offerings and quality of life.    “Columbia is a great place to live and work,” said Emily Fultz, community development director. She and Sue Spargo, community relations and tourism coordinator, have been working…

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Development leads Collinsville to strong revenue growth in 2017

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The city of Collinsville enjoyed a strong economy in 2017 with sales tax revenues up 10 percent over 2016 levels and the assessed valuation of the city’s real estate up 4.7 percent, according to City Manager Mitch Bair.    Among the major developments that occurred in 2017 was the opening of the…

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Edison’s record year fueled by company events, parties

    Edison’s Entertainment Complex continues to make its name as the St. Louis area’s home of “genius level fun.”    Located in Edwardsville, Edison’s features 12 lanes of boutique bowling, a two-level laser tag arena, a 65-game state-of-the-art arcade, 10 party and meeting spaces, and a full-service bar and restaurant serving inventive eats and drinks.    …

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EWR Architects enjoys a banner year in 2017

    EWR Architects of Fairview Heights celebrated substantial business growth in 2017. Annual gross receipts for the year increased more than 48 percent over 2016 and the firm’s backlog of work under contract stepping into the new year has grown by nearly the same amount.     Last year, EWR designed several significant projects including the…

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FGM Architects designs buildings across the metro area in 2017

    Being a part of the community fabric of Southwestern Illinois has been extra special for FGM Architects this year. Timothy E. Kwiatkowski, AIA principal and Southern Region manager, said the team was part of many building projects in their home towns.    In Edwardsville, FGM’s municipal team designed a new fire station that opened recently…

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Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce wins ACCE award of excellence

    The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce had a productive and successful 2017, proudly serving businesses across the region and celebrating the many ways business leaders enhance our communities.    One highlight was receiving national recognition from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for the chamber’s inaugural SAVOR: Restaurant Week initiative. The ‘Award of…

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New trail will connect up Troy and O’Fallon areas

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    An eight-mile bike trail linking Troy and O’Fallon should be wrapped up by the end of 2018, giving recreationists another means of enjoying the Madison County Transit District trail network.    MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said the last several years have been spent putting together the project, beginning in June 2007 when…

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McCarthy Building Companies complete Herrin, Mattoon projects

    McCarthy Building Companies put technology to work to tackle two, complex, expansion/renovation projects for Illinois health-care institutions in 2017: Herrin Hospital in Herrin and the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.    Herrin Hospital was originally constructed in 1914 and has undergone multiple expansions that left it landlocked, making a 21,369-square-foot vertical addition the…

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