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Year In Review 2018 Southwestern Illinois

Illinois American Water supports several community initiatives

    Officials with Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, say they believe in the importance of being a good neighbor and good steward of the environment.  The company supports initiatives that strengthen and enrich communities, with a focus on clean water, water conservation, education and community sustainability.    In 2018, Illinois American Water demonstrated…

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Madison County Transit builds connections for workers, employers

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    For more than three decades, Madison County Transit has provided a diverse array of transportation services for residents of Madison County and beyond. With bus routes, paratransit service for the elderly and disabled, a free carpool/vanpool program known as RideFinders, and the 130 miles of scenic bikeways in the MCT Trails…

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O’Fallon enjoys another year of booming growth, more ahead

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    East side, west side, all around O’Fallon, the past year has been another good one for the city, and much of the success will spill into 2019.    Grant Litteken, assistant city administrator, and Ted Shekell, Community Development director, say the city is entering a new period of growth, reflected by those attracted…

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Poettker says new headquarters will help better serve its clients

By RITA DUCKWORTH    In addition to serving a diverse list of clients, Poettker Construction Co. closed out 2018 with a project closer to home. It is building a new headquarters on land just south of the current location in Breese, Ill. The firm broke ground in July on the 39,400-square-foot multilevel office building and 12,000-square-foot…

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Building permits surge as Edwardsville enjoys continued commercial growth

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Buoyed by major warehouse, student housing and apartment development, Edwardsville was closing in on $200 million worth of building permits at year’s end, an astonishing increase from one year before.     Between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 14, 2018, the city issued 1,274 building permits for projects totaling $199,145,462 in value —…

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Airport adds two more hangars and plans others, officials say

By RITA DUCKWORTH St. Louis Downtown Airport retained its spot as the third-largest general aviation airport in Illinois despite a dip in the total number of takeoffs and landings in 2018. “Operations have been down nationwide due to fuel prices and overall economic factors,” Airport Director Erick Dahl said. The airport is one of five…

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Sandberg Phoenix chair says firm grows by acquisitions, smart moves

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. will spend the next year integrating a number of new staff members and legal specialties after a very busy 2018.    “Through lateral acquisitions, group acquisitions and organic growth, we onboarded about 118 employees to Sandberg Phoenix last year,” Managing Partner Bhavik Patel said. “Staffing is around…

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Commissioners see growth continue at St. Louis Regional business park

    New leadership and new construction have brought a lot of energy to St. Louis Regional Airport and it’s 600-acre business park in East Alton and Bethalto.     A highlight of 2018 was West Star Aviation, under the leadership of new CEO Jim Rankin, wrapping up construction of new 60,000-square-foot hangar.    The new facility brings…

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