Agency hopes to lure interest among Metro East startups

    A St. Louis-based nonprofit with money to give away to smart startups is hoping to attract interest from entrepreneurs on the Metro East side of the river.
    Ben Burke, director of entrepreneurship at Arch Grants, said he has recently held conversations with supporters of incubator-style projects in Belleville and Alton in an attempt to better understand those efforts and to build on what the organization has done during its first three years in St. Louis.

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P01 milesMiles    EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County’s new administrator of Community Development hopes to apply years of economic development experience to a multipronged, major effort to transform lives.
    Frank Miles says it may take the rest of his public service career to get done all the things he’d like to do in his new role, which began in June.
    “Somebody said seven years. That’s probably about right,” he laughed.

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    EDWARDSVILLE — From the phone at your ear to the carpet under your feet, there’s a little petrochemical in much of what you use on a daily basis.
    Despite that, there is a general disconnect between the consumers who use the products derived from petroleum and natural gas and the industries that manufacture them.

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Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race raises over $27,000 for mesothelioma awareness, support

More than 800 participants attended National Mesothelioma Awareness Day event sponsored by Simmons Hanly Conroy and others

    ALTON — The 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk in Alton raised more than $27,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, a non-profit dedicated to securing a global ban of asbestos and providing support to victims of asbestos-related diseases.