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2018 November Issue

SIUE tries new approach to market University Park

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    After years of watching little interest being shown in University Park, SIUE officials are actively moving on a plan to lure new tenants.    This summer, University Park signed a contract with Balke Brown Transwestern to market the technology and business park property, Vice Chancellor Rich Walker said.    The park will be 25…

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SIUE to use grant on needs of businesses

Science, ag, development see chemistry in partnership By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A first-time grant is creating an unusual intersection of education, agriculture and science, and in the center of it, supporters hope, will be economic development.    The three-year, $680,000 grant was awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership…

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Great escape

Couple’s mobile escape room takes growing trend on the road By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Some businessmen don’t have a clue. Ray and Cami Perkins have a 32-foot trailer full of them.    In an age when escape room businesses are seemingly opening in storefronts in every town around, the O’Fallon, Ill., couple are an enigma inside a…

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McDonald’s eyes future with interactive overhauls, new look

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A number of McDonald’s restaurants in the Metro East area are among thousands across the country that have or soon will be transforming their locations for the next generation of fast food connoisseurs.    About $317 million is being reinvested in Illinois, affecting a little over 400 restaurants.    It’s all aimed at improving…

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POINT: Is Illinois a good place to do business?

Yes. Data belies the concerns that companies can’t succeed in the state By MARK PETERSON    With the world’s 17th largest economy, Illinois is the undisputed economic leader of the Midwest. In 2017, new and expanding companies invested $5.3 billion in the state of Illinois, creating more than 26,000 new jobs, including 551 new projects in…

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COUNTERPOINT: Is Illinois a good place to do business?

No. The state’s business environment is a victim of self-sabotaging By BRYCE HILL    Illinois offers many natural advantages for businesses to thrive. The Chicago metropolitan area provides access to one of the largest marketplaces in North America, with the ability to easily distribute goods both domestically and internationally. Downstate Illinois serves as one of the…

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VAST Produce is 2018 Metro East Startup Challenge winner

    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge, a regional business plan competition, has announced its three cash prize winners, with Waterloo-based VAST Produce earning first place and the grand prize of $10,000.    Beastman Tea, LLC, founded by Bradford Eastman, won the $6,000 second-place prize.  Eli Ball grabbed the $4,000 third-place award for…

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Efforts to bring container on vessel service to region gain speed

    Plans to transport freight via innovative waterway vessels will revolutionize the inland waterway system and provide significant transportation cost savings for shippers, especially those accessing the Midwest by utilizing the Mississippi River and its tributaries.    Industry forums conducted by St. Louis Regional Freightway this summer highlighted what the river industry can expect to see…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital marks one-year milestone in new facility

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    It’s been a year since HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital moved into its new facilities at Interstate 64 and North Green Mount Road in O’Fallon and not only did the move take place without a hitch, St. Elizabeth’s continues to grow services and has won awards for excellence along the way.    …

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