Granite City schools this month become the first in the region to enact a program aimed at keeping high school graduates in their hometown, potentially as future business leaders.
    Called CEO, for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, the program allows students to take a real world view of life by looking through the lens of local business leaders, who serve as mentors.

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P01 collinsville city hallAn artist’s rendition of what the front of Collinsville City Hall on South Center Street will look like when a streetscape program is completed this year. The former post office site across from City Hall was razed last month for parking to accommodate the surroundings.    COLLINSVILLE — On her Destination Collinsville game board, Erika Kennett has three strategic pieces that she moves about, in order to lure investment.
    The city’s director of economic development calls them “my three chess pieces.”

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    People who know the commercial development industry know the challenges it faces, the headaches of dealing with older structures, the high cost of building new and so forth.
    But in public-private partnerships, the two most important variables are time and money, says Peggy Blanchard, the chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Central Divisional Public Sector Alliance. The more time it takes a developer to get a project up and going, the less likely he is to lean toward a community that throws up a number of obstacles.

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Alton Miles for Meso 5K returns with community focus

Early registration now open for September 5K race, hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy

    ALTON – Early registration for the 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run Walk, hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy and organized by Metro Tri Club, is now open.