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  • 1. www.growthassociation.com the Business EDGE Serving Business, Encouraging Growth in Southwestern Illinois Volume 6 MAY Issue 5 RIBBON CUTTINGS Riverbend Family Ministries Celebrates Open House On Thursday, March 20th, Tammy Iskarous, Founder and Executive IN THIS ISSUE Director for Riverbend Family Ministries, was ecstatic to showcase her dream! Located at 131 East Ferguson Avenue in Wood River, Riverbend Family Ministries is a “consortium of non-profit organizations and their Ambassador of the Month winner collective goal is supporting individuals, bringing wholeness to the page 2 family and strength to the community.” Although each of these is an independent entity, they all work in tandem to address various aspects of Small Business of the Month individual, family and community needs. Bringing these ministries under winner one roof will further enhance the cooperative nature of their support mechanisms to better provide their services in a collective manner. Some page 3 of the “arms” of Riverbend Family Ministries are Vision Plus, Riverbend Youth on Fire, Crown of Beauty, as well as, Riverbend Family Ministries. Welcome our Newest Members For more information on Riverbend Family Ministries, call 251-9790. page 4 Divas and Dudes opens in Bethalto On Thursday, April 10th, Elisha Naumann, owner of Divas and Dudes Upcoming Event Children’s Boutique, located at 401 West Bethalto Avenue in Bethalto, page 5 celebrated with a ribbon cutting to announce the opening of her children’s store. The name, Divas and Dudes, came as inspiration from Mayor Report - Godfrey Elisha’s daughter and son. Divas and Dudes concentrates on unique page 7 and custom items. A baby registry is available and they host “Little Diva Parties.” Divas and Dudes carries Swarvoski Bling Sneakers and other elegant and unique items. Custom-made jewelry and hair bows are also in the inventory. For more information on Divas and Dudes Children’s Boutique, call 618-377-2229. Glenhaven Gardens of Alton Glenhaven Gardens of Alton, LLC, a privately owned and operated Supportive Living Facility, celebrated with an open house on Thursday, April 24th. They are located at 100 Glenhaven Drive in Alton, on the grounds of Alton Memorial Hospital. Glenhaven Gardens has 92 5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall apartments for seniors age 65+. This is residential-style apartment living Godfrey, Illinois 62035 with community areas for social occasions. Meals and most utilities are included in the rent as well as household, personal, and medical Phone: 618-467-2280 services when needed. Glenhaven’s goal is to help seniors remain as Fax: 618-466-8289 independent as possible for as long as possible. One of the things that info@growthassociation.com makes Glenhaven Gardens different from other types of senior living www.growthassociation.com facilities is their financial arrangements for rent. People can pay privately or there is a financial assistance program for those who qualify. To set up a tour of Glenhaven Gardens or to receive more information, call Lotie at 462-1500. A monthly publication of The River Bend Growth Association... Your Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Agency
  • 2. page 2 • Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Ambassador Committee Thank You! Calendar of Meetings and Bill Aery Joell Aguirre Gary Hoggatt Jr. of National Bank at Events 6/4 New Member Orientation, Nancy Baahlmann Edwardsville River Bend Growth Dorrie Ball Association office, 12:00 Ambassador of the Month for April 2008 6/5 Promotions Committee Jenni Beck meeting, Sgt. Peppers Café, Mary Boulds Gary joined our Ambassador Committee 8:30 Sally Crook in January 2007. He has been in the banking 6/6 Awards Committee meeting, Loretta Dawdy business since 1987 starting his carrier as a part- Coffee Cabana, 8:30 time teller. He has managed various branches Dorothy Droste, RN, BSN for 13 of those years. He also spent 3 years as a 6/10 Ambassador Committee Debbie Frakes meeting, Alton High School, small business lender and relationship manager. 11:45 Linda Funk Currently he is the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for National Bank in Edwardsville 6/16 Membership Committee Jerry Gibson meeting, Sgt. Peppers Café, where he focuses on residential mortgage lending Jennifer Hasamear and business development. In addition to his 11:00 Janae Hausman management duties, Gary is acting Security 6/17 “Let’s Talk” on WBGZ, 10:00 Gary Hoggatt, Jr. Officer for National Bank and keeps the National 6/18 Breakfast Connection, Sgt. Bank website up-to-date. National Bank with Peppers Café, 8:00 Phil Kammann headquarters in Hillsboro, IL has 9 locations serving south central Illinois. The 6/20 Golf Tournament, 11:00 Debra Kannel Edwardsville branch, located at 1611 Troy Road, opened in May 1997. registration, Lockhaven Therese Kuddes Although Gary joined the chamber several years ago, it was not until this Country Club past year that he decided to become more active. He started attending all Marlene Lewis of the Breakfast Connections, Total Networking lunches, Lunch and Learn Karen McAtee Networking events, Business After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings. Between Brenda Moore two chambers this can become a real challenge. Gary found that the ribbon cuttings are a great way to get connected. “I have found the ribbon cuttings Jackie Parks to be an untapped resource for networking. You have the opportunity to meet Dick Propes business owners while they are showing off their business. You do not even EMAIL CONVERSION Otto Rice need to be an Ambassador to attend and I would encourage others to attend Members: Over the last month, our Jenny Robison when they can.” email service has been switched. Another way Gary has connected with the Ed/Glen Chamber and the If you have not been receiving our Amy Schaake Growth Association is to accept the call as an Ambassador. “I look forward to weekly emails, please call us at Christy Schaper representing the chamber in a positive and professional manner. I am excited 467-2280 so we can investigate the Donna Thornton about demonstrating to others in the business community how they can get the problem. most out of their chamber membership” Pam Whisler Gary’s advice for members: “If you feel like you are not getting any value Denise Wolff from your membership, I ask you to evaluate what you are putting into your Tina Zumwalt membership. Are you attending all of the functions or as many as you can? Do you actively speak to people and network when you do attend? Have you ever gone to the chamber office and sat with the staff. They are a wealth of knowledge and can give you many ideas of how your chamber can partner with your business for the benefit of everyone in the community. My advice is to GET CONNECTED. Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  • 3. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, May 27, 2008 • page 3 May 2008 Small Business of the Month Winner Dentistry With TLC Congratulations to Anna Smith, DMD, Business of the Year award. and her staff at Dentistry With TLC, located at 1317 D’Adrian Professional Congratulations to Dentistry With TLC! For Park in Godfrey! They are The River more information pertaining to Dentistry Bend Growth Association’s Small With TLC, please call 618-466-0733. Business of the Month winner for May 2008! If you would like to nominate a business for The River Bend Growth Association’s Dentistry With TLC will receive a Small Business of the Month, please fill $2400 promotional package for out the form below and mail it to The River being selected Small Business of Bend Growth Association, 5800 Godfrey the Month: the opportunity to attend Road, Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035. The River Bend Growth Association’s monthly show on WBGZ talk radio, For more information regarding Small be our guest at The River Bend Business of the Month, please contact Growth Association’s networking Joell Aguirre at 618-467-2280 or jaguirre@ breakfast or luncheon where they growthassociation.com. will be recognized and awarded with a plaque, a 2-sided yard sign to Business Name ________________________ display at their business, a featured Anna and Travis Smith, of Dentistry With TLC, proudly accept the story in The Telegraph newspaper, Owner or Manager______________________ Small Business of the Month award for the month of May 2008 recognition in The River Bend from Amy Schaake of The Telegraph, Chairman of the Awards Growth Association’s Business Edge, Reason for nomination __________________ committee. Employees surrounded Anna and Travis and shared in the displayed on The River Bend Growth celebration. Association’s board that travels to _____________________________________ Business After Hours and become eligible to win the annual Small Nomination submitted by (optional) _________ Young Adults Committee wraps up school year The Young Adults Committee of and ticket sales goes back into participated and made the the River Bend Growth Association our community by providing commitment to get involved in wrapped up their 2007-2008 scholarship(s) and providing a their community: Matt Beatty school year with a celebration of local charity a donation. This and Andrea McPike of Alton their achievements at TheBANK of year’s charity is United Way of High School, Jake Bartels and Edwardsville on May 8th. Greater St. Louis. Samantha Wattles of Civic Memorial High School, Matt The Young Adults Committee is The United Way of Greater St. Cook and Alyssa Rogers of made up of two representatives Louis was awarded a check for East Alton/Wood River High from six local schools (Alton High $1155 and 2 scholarships were School, Chris Kratschmer and School, Civic Memorial High awarded in the amount of $577 Pat Fitzgerald of Marquette School, East Alton-Wood River to Jacob Sabolo of Roxana High Catholic High School, Michael The 2008 Young Adults Committee members at their School and Christen Ellege of Rust and Taylor Slayden of Battle of the Bands fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, High School, Marquette Catholic 2008. High School, Roxana High School Civic Memorial High School in Roxana High School and and Southwestern High School) Bethalto. Alex Cope and Josh Erthal of and they organize a fundraiser in Southwestern High School. which they recruit local high school Thank-you to our committee bands to compete against each members for their active other for a cash prize, sell tickets to participation and dedication to the event, market the event through the Young Adults Committee: sponsorships and flyers throughout Karen McAtee of TheBANK of the River Bend community and Edwardsville and Sue Mueller of Marquette Catholic High School. The Young Adults Committee chose the United Way as work the night of the event. The their charity of choice for their fundraiser. Committee money collected from this event members present Jeanene Harris of United Way with a through the donations, sponsorships Thank-you to our students who check for $1155. Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  • 4. page 4 • Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Welcome our newest members who joined the Growth Association during the month of April Bluff City Athletic Club, NFP Kristen’s is a full service salon for men throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Greg Volner, President Global Brass and Copper, Inc. & women. Services vary to satisfy the and Missouri, our specialty is looking at P.O. Box 782 Terry Sitze, Dir, Human Resources whole family from haircuts, color, perms, a customer’s credit needs. Plus, we do Alton IL 62002 427 N. Shamrock Street updo’s, wax’s, to manicures & pedicures not use a credit scoring or automated (618) 917-5437 East Alton IL 62024 & make-up. Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 also approval system. At PFC, our managers www.bluffcityathletics.com offers an assortment of professional hair and staff are equipped to make (618) 258-2000 Bluff City Athletic Club, NFP is a care products. Kristen’s is open Tue-Fri sound business decisions that benefit www.olinbrass.com 10-5 & Sat 9-4 earlier or later hours by non-profit organization dedicated to all. Personal Finance Company can Olin Brass is a leading manufacturer and appointment. Come in and experience providing youth in the local area with generally be classified as a consumer distributor of copper and copper-alloy luxury at an affordable price. a fair opportunity to play competitive finance company. We have over the last sheet, strip, plate, foil, and fabricated sports. We provide athletic programs several years, however, been involved in components in North America. It has that teach players the fundamentals of Maxine’s Day Care & Learning the sales finance business through the established this position through the the sport and act as feeder systems for Center purchase of retail installment contracts utilization of world-class production and the local high schools. We also provide Maxine Jackson, Owner initiated through dealers. Our “Smile quality capabilities, introduction of new players and parents with opportunities 739 Silver Street Package” began as a dental plan, but products, strategic acquisitions, and to participate in community service Alton IL 62002 has evolved into health professional international expansion. Its broad range projects. We have accumulated more plan-- “ProCare”. Currently, the plan of product offerings, which also includes (618) 463-0078 than 290 hours of community service provides patient financial services for pre-processed aluminum and stainless since our founding in late summer 2007. hospitals, Lasik eye surgeons, and steel strip, are designed to meet exacting MDC Group - St. Louis Office In 2008 we will field 3 baseball teams - dentists. customer specifications across the Amy Ackerman, Account Manager two high school aged teams and one U8 full range of end-use segments. As a team. 31812 Red Oak Drive Premier Vending division of Global Brass and Copper, Olin Brighton IL 62012 Dennis Kessler Brass is the world’s leading developer Community Hope Center / House of of high performance copper alloys. Built (618) 372-3810 105 Kirby Street Hope on solid metallurgical expertise and www.GetawayIncentivesStLouis.com Jerseyville IL 62052 Angela Valdes, Development Director manufacturing excellence, the company Amy Ackerman helps businesses create (618) 465-8363 has produced copper alloys commercially successful customer promotions and Dennis Kessler, owner of Premier P.O. Box 124 for over 90 years. Today, Olin Brass employee incentive programs designed Vending, has been in business more 1201 Hope Center Ln. to increase sales and bottom line profits Cottage Hills IL 62018 leads the industry in a wide variety of than 15 years. Premier Vending end-use markets including automotive, as well as a competitive advantage. serves the entire River Bend plus the (618) 259-0959 The customer promotions are intended housing, electronics, coinage and immediate outlying areas. Vending hopecenters.com to increase traffic and sales, to set ammunition. Applications range from services include soda machines and Community Hope Center is celebrating more appointments, and to publicize electronic devices and automotive wiring snack vending machines. Current 20 years of faithful serving in the major events such as a grand opening harnesses, to decorative hardware, and customers include schools, hotels, and River Bend Community. They are a or fundraising event. In addition, the coinage. companies with employee lounges and/ full service crisis emergency center employee incentives programs reward that meets the needs of many through or waiting areas. Call Dennis today at and motivate employee performance, 465-8363 for your vending needs. their diverse programs. Although their Illinois Small Business promote a perfect safety record, and main mission has been to provide food Development Center offer a travel bonus for a job well assistance to those in need as well Kwa Mister, Director done. The primary motivator is family The Store as prayer and ministry they also offer 601 James R. Thompson Blvd vacations worth $500 - $1000 each. Chad and Bethany Attebery clothing, furniture, household items, East St. Louis IL 62201 These awards feature well known 220 N. Shamrock cleaning supplies and toiletries. Their (618) 482-8329 resorts such as Wyndham, Hyatt, East Alton IL 62024 wide range of services is designed to www.siue.edu/BUSINESS/sbdc Hilton, Marriott, and Doubletree. MDC (618) 259-8685 not only give them hope but tools to can bring them to business customers The Store is family owned and operated further their education and abilities Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 for as little as what it costs to take two business for the last 50 years! We are in the work force. Their newest people to dinner! For more information a convenience store and much more... Kristen Meyer, Owner resources that are being implemented visit www.GetawayIncentivesStLouis. we offer an impressive menu of hot are interview/resume skills, budget 17 E. Ferguson com or contact Amy at 618-372-3810 or food, ice cold beer, cigarettes and you counseling, health classes, cooking Wood River IL 62095 can pay all your bills here and cash toll-free at 1-888-851-0466 x715. classes, a Career closet, and Bible (618) 254-1717 your checks! We just started food studies. These will compliment their Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 with Kristen delivery service 7 days a week from Meyer owner & licensed cosmetologist, Personal Finance Company already existing computer classes. 11am-9pm. Our store hours are M-F Sarah Fowler licensed cosmetologist, Sherene Yaghoutfam All services are free. On scheduled 6am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm and Sunday and Keeley Kesterson professional 2516 State Street Thursdays, they offer a medical clinic 8am-8pm. Our check cashing and bill which is voluntarily offered by Dr. Ron make-up artist make the newest addition Alton IL 62002 payment hours are M-F 8am-5:30pm Schroeder and begins at 10:00 am. to downtown Wood River. What once (618) 466-2728 and Saturday 8am-2pm. We have the If interested in volunteering or for a was the home of Hartman’s Jewelry Personal Finance Company (PFC) nicest staff in town, so come check us tour of the organization please contact Store, a landmark in downtown Wood is a member of the local community, out! Angela Valdes, Development Director at River, has been completely remodeled specializing in a variety of financial 259.0959 or 558.6433. and transformed into a 3500 sq.ft. salon. services since 1939. With 106 branches Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  • 5. page 5 • Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Business Edge THE TELEGRAPH Annual River Bend Duck Race is May 29 Thursday, May 29th from 5-7 p.m., marks the River Bend Growth Association’s annual River Bend Duck Race at Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton. The annual River Bend Duck Race is a Business After Hours networking event held at Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton. It is one of our most popular Business After Hours, drawing more than 2000 members and guests. Ducks are adopted for $5.00, placed in the Endless River attraction at Raging Rivers WaterPark and float to the finish for a chance to win one of 200 great prizes. The Annual River Bend Duck Race is a great time to promote your business. And it’s a great way to see the many businesses that make up the River Bend community! So, join us for a night of networking, duck racing, food and fun! 2007 Annual Duck Race: Members and Thank-you to your generous sponsors who donate to this event! We appreciate your support. guests of the Annual Duck Race watch in anticipation for their winning duck to come in. Co-Host Sponsors Royal Office Products, Inc. Carrollton Bank Heitz Optical Pere Marquette Stables AFLAC Saint Anthony’s Health Center Carrow Chapel Dentistry Helmkamp Construction Piasa Pub St. Peters Hardware & Schwartzkopf Printing, Inc. Cassens Bait Shop Holiday Inn-Alton Piasa Winery Rental, Inc. Serenity Title & Escrow Cedar Box Humbert Road Dentistry Picture This and More Raging Rivers WaterPark Shell Community Federal CU Cheetah Wireless Imaging Center Pietown Stompin Grounds The Telegraph St. Louis Regional Airport Chicago Title Insurance Co. Imo’s Pizza Premier Title & Escrow TheBANK of Edwardsville Citizen’s State Bank of Shipman Iron Décor and More Quality Pontiac-GMC- WBGZ Radio City of Grafton Islands Tanning and Hair Salon Cadillac-Buick Corporate Sponsors Wooff Realtors Comfort Inn Jacoby Arts Center Raging Rivers WaterPark All/Pro Office Technologies Community Hope Center Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design Regions Bank Alton Bell Community Credit ComPAS Jenny J’s River Bend Growth Association Union Prize Donors (as of May 19, 2008) ConocoPhillips Jersey State Bank Rolling Hills Golf Course Alton Memorial Hospital COPE Plastics Jerseyville Carpet & Furniture Royal Office Products A&A’s Beads-N-Things Alton Securities Group Country Corner Galleries Rull Brothers Propane Ackermantravelbiz.com Alton VFW Post 1308 County Appliance Jimbo’s Saint Anthony’s Health Center Airliner Bar and Grill American Water Creative Flooring by Design Johnson’s Corner Scheffel & Company, P.C. Airport Bowl Argosy Casino Derrick Richardson/ Kellers Senger’s Gas Company Alfie’s Beverly Farm Foundation ddrichardson.com Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 Serenity Title & Escrow, Ltd. Alton Little Theater C.J. Schlosser & Co., LLC Dick’s Flowers Langa Resource Group Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab Alton Marina (Parrot Pointe Century 21 Seniker-Edwards Dixon Distributing Lewis and Clark Community Silpada Designs, Kathy Wehling Marine, Inc.) Chicago Title Insurance Co. Dora’s Spinning Wheel College Southern Illinois Real Estate Alton Memorial Hospital Community Title & Escrow, Ltd. Alton Museum of History and Art Dos Rios Liberty Bank Title Center ConocoPhillips Wood River Duke Bakery Lilly’s Spirits Lounge Alton Square Mall Refinery El Mezcal, Bethalto Location Lilly’s Family Restaurant St. Louis Regional Airport Alton VFW Cope Plastics Everett Loy Loading Dock St. Peters Hardware Amarillo’s Cornerstone Bank & Trust, N.A. Finn Inn Lockhaven Country Club Suncon Inc. Designers & Ameren Edward Jones - Jim Claywell First Clover Leaf Bank Mac’s Sealing & Striping Builders American Water Equity One Mortgage Food-n-Fermentation Wine & Maneke Jewelers Sylvan Learning Center Amoco First Clover Leaf Bank Beer Shop Marquette High School Tara Point Andy’s Auto Body Freer Auto Body Freer Auto Body Mattress Giant Tastefully Simple, Nancy Antoinettes Haunted History Illinois American Water Gateway Grizzlies Meridian Bank Baahlmann Tour Company Gebbs Total Video Mineral Springs Haunted Tours The Telegraph Applebees of Wood River Liberty Bank Geno’s 140 Club Mississippi Half Step TheBANK of Edwardsville Aquatic Center, Wood River Logo It @ Langa Resource Gentelin’s on Broadway Mississippi Mud Pottery Tony’s Restaurant Argosy Alton Group Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Moonlight Restaurant Unique Boutique Backyard Dreams MAC’S Sealing & Striping Godfrey K C Mosaics Fine Home Furnishings United Community Bank Barleff’s Clothing Store Meridian Bank Gouldings Jewelry Mustain Consulting Village of Bethalto, Mayor Bryant Baxters Olin Community Credit Union Grafton Canoe & Kayak My Just Desserts Vintners Cellar Winery Be Well Now Partners Bank Beauty Control, Amy Schaake Grafton Harbor National Bank at Edwardsville White Pelican Phone Masters LTD Grafton Ice Cream Co. Nautilus Fitness Center Bechtold, Phyllis White’s Greenhouses Raifort Properties Grafton Landing O’Hair’s Salon & Spa Belk Park Golf Course Wildgoose Saloon Regions Bank Hair Force 1 O’Jan’s Fish Stand Beverly Farm Foundation Williams Office Products Regions Bank Harrison’s Olin Community Credit Union Bossanova Martini Lounge Wood Workers Wife Reliance Bank Hartford Ribs Our Dinner Bell Bubby & Sissy’s Woodlands Golf Course Roberts Ford Chrysler Jeep Healing Touch Wellness Center Pajarito Candy Basket YWCA of Alton Roth, Evans & Lading, P.C. Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
  • 6. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, May 27, 2008 • page 6 Federico Chrysler Dodge opens new showroom Stock Auto Body expands with additional building On Thursday, Kent and Suzanne May 8th, Federico Eberhart, owners Chrysler Dodge, of Stock Auto Body, located at 1875 expanded their East Edwardsville operations to 263 Road in Wood River, South Sixth Street showcased the new in Wood River. facility to the public The Eberhart’s by hosting an Open celebrated their House. new facility with an open house for President Bob everyone to see on Federico and his Monday, May 12th. staff were excited to display their showroom, car lot and service area. It is a state of the art facility and it is a great addition to the Wood River This new building gives Stock Auto Body the ability to service more community. Several community leaders, family, friends and staff joined customers. Their original facility at 505 South Sixth Street in Wood in the ribbon cutting celebration with the Federico family. River is their main office, where pick up and delivery still occurs. Their new location and building provides Stock Auto Body the room to For more information on Federico Chrysler Dodge, call 254-1000. increase their customer base and their auto body work. For more information regarding Stock Auto Body and their services, call 618-254-9163. Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 opens in downtown Wood River OfficeMax opens its first location in River Bend Kristen Meyer, owner of Kristen’s OfficeMax, located Hair Studio 17, at 520 Wesley located at 17 East Drive in Wood Ferguson in Wood River, opened their River, celebrated doors for business her River Bend on Thursday, Growth Association May 1st and membership with celebrated with a ribbon cutting a grand opening ceremony. ceremony on Monday, May 19th. Kristen works Several community with Sarah leaders as well as Fowler and Keeley Kesterson. Together, the three ladies are licensed neighbors, family, cosmetologists and professional make-up artists. Kristen’s Hair Studio friends and Growth Association members were on hand to share in the 17 is a full service salon for men and women. Services vary from celebration. haircuts, color, perms, updo’s, and waxes to manicures & pedicures and make-up. OfficeMax is a leader in both business-to-business office product solutions and retail office products. OfficeMax provides office supplies Kristen’s Hair Studio 17 is open Tuesday-Friday from 10-5 and and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax Saturdays from 9-4. Earlier or later hours are by appointment only. For ImPress, technology products and solutions, and furniture to consumers more information on Kristen’s Hair Studio 17, call 254-1717. and to large, medium and small businesses. For more information regarding OfficeMax, call 258-0455. Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!
  • 7. THE TELEGRAPH River Bend Growth Association Tuesday, May 27, 2008 • page 7 MAYOR REPORT – Mike Campion, Village of Godfrey In the past year, Godfrey has the purchase of the former Owens dollar expansion that will solve those near the intersection of Pierce Lane continued to grow in spite of the poor Illinois Machine Plant on Tolle Lane. problems, and for the first time provide and Airport Road. We hope to be overall national economic conditions in International Mulch Company intends sanitary sewers to the residents of out for bid for this portion of the other parts of the country. I believe we to relocate a manufacturing facility to Piasa Hills. As our main sanitary construction later this year. are continuing to grow at a fast pace. the former Owens Illinois Plant where sewer lines are extended to serve Our challenge remains to manage that they will employ approximately 40-45 Piasa Hills, thousands of additional I continue to work for the improvement growth in a manner that will maintain people in their manufacturing process. homes, many of which are not yet and expansion of our Godfrey park the clean, small town feel that makes International Mulch Company is a planned, will have sanitary sewer system. The beautiful Glazebrook Godfrey a good place to live. family-owned business with excellent access available. Community Park on Stamper Lane potential for future growth. I am happy has recently received notice that it In the past year, the developers of the to see that this property did not remain The Village of Godfrey has been will be granted $400,000 of funding new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Godfrey vacant for too long and that it will planning a Crosstown Road for many from grants for improvements to obtained all of the approvals they were be put back into productive use. We years, beginning with the early days Glazebrook Park. These dollars required to obtain from the Village certainly want to welcome the owners of the administration of Mayor Lars will be used to construct new ball of Godfrey. They are in the process of International Mulch Company to the Hoffman. Countless public meetings fields to replace the ball fields we of obtaining their final permits from Village of Godfrey. have been held to discuss the design currently lease from Lewis and Clark the Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois and location of the Crosstown Road Community College. Our Park and Department of Transportation, and The Village of Godfrey is finally ready and after years of study and input from Recreation Department continues to the Illinois Environmental Protection to go out for bids for the expansion the community, the Village of Godfrey improve and must do so to continue Agency. I remain proud of the fact that of our sanitary sewer system to has been successful in obtaining to meet the growing demands of our Wal-Mart chose Godfrey to build a serve the hundreds of homes near commitments for funding to construct Godfrey residents. new Supercenter with absolutely no the western border of Godfrey along the new Crosstown Road. The tax incentives. Route 3. This includes the residents Crosstown Road is designed to be a New opportunities seem to present of Piasa Hills Subdivision. For many new road running from East to West themselves every day in the Village of We have recently been advised that years, those residents have had to put from Godfrey Road to Illinois Route Godfrey. If you haven’t seen Godfrey another corporation has selected up with failing private septic systems. 3. The first phase of the Crosstown lately, or if you would like to learn Godfrey as the community in which There has been no public sanitary Road will begin at a point between the more about Godfrey, please come on they wish to expand. International sewer system in that area. We are Benjamin Godfrey Mansion and the out and talk to us. We welcome new Mulch Company has announced about to construct a multi-million Godfrey Village Hall and will terminate business and residents. Quarterly Economic Update meeting will be River Bend Golf Classic is June 20 July 16 When: Friday June 20, 2008 Please join us for an update from Mary Lamie, Illinois Department of Transportation Deputy Director, Region 5 Engineer, on 11:00 a.m. registration Wednesday, July 16, 11:30 a.m. at the Godfrey Knights of 12:00 p.m. shotgun start Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Ms. Lamie will give us an update on IDOT projects in our area, including IL255, Where: Lockhaven Country Club US67, and the Mississippi River Bridge projects. Reservations are required and can be made by calling our reservation line at 467-2290 or e-mailing us at receptionist@growthassociation.com. Cost: $500 foursome Cost is $10 at the door and includes a buffet lunch. It’s not too late to register a Member Gets National Recognition foursome for the River Bend Dwight Werts and Werts Welding & Tank Service were featured in a recent Golf Classic. issue of Bulk Transporter, a media publication for the bulk transportation and logistics industry. The article featured pictures of Dwight and his family, the inside and outside of his business, and a photo of the Werts’ receiving an Call Joell at 467-2280. award from George Horst of JIKOH Manufacturing, Inc. as JIKOH’s National Dealer of the Year for both 2006 and 2007. Werts Welding is celebrating their 50th year in business, a business that was started by Dwight’s parents, Bob and Verna. Congratulations to Werts Welding & Tank Service for the national recognition and for 50 years in business. Support River Bend Development...Join the Growth Association Today!

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