graphicIllinois industry and businesses that include Southern Illinois University, School District 7, and Scott Air Force Base, employ approximately one third of local workers. About one third work in local services and businesses, while the remainder commute to work in the St. Louis area.

Local industry is diversified, employing a wide variety of skilled laborers. There are many career opportunities open in in high tech, management, sales, clerical, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, construction and service industries. The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) work to ensure a healthy business climate. The local Chamber connects a network of hundreds of businesses and professional firms focused on maintaining a strong economy in the region.

The RCGA represents five Illinois counties, including Madison County, and six Missouri counties. This 11-county region is the 17th largest metropolitan area in the country, offering more than one million jobs each year.

A sampling of area businesses include Brandt Tech Inc., The BANK of Edwardsville, Elliott Jewelers, FMI Brokerage, Piece of Mind Books, The Education Resource, Four Flag Motors, R. P. Lumber, Bridwell Financial Group, Glik’s, State Farm Insurance, First Federal Savings, Farm Fresh Grocery, Edwardsville Shoe Service, and Clover Leaf Bank.

The Alliance of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon is an organization established to assist businesses in locating to the area.

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are home to national companies such as TruVue, Inland Corp., and Lanter Trucking Co. Also present are Nikkin Flux Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of advanced foundry fluxes for metals and Florists’ Mutual, a leader in insuring florists and greenhouses that was founded 110 years ago and now has 245 employees in Edwardsville.

University Park is a research and technology park at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where scientists, students and corporations work to improve technology and create new products.

Edwardsville’s University Park, fifth on the listing of Fortune 500 companies and home to 13 companies, is an ideal location for research and development, training and the production of prototype products. The park offers sites up to 50 acres, build-to-suit development, fiber optic and copper communications and Interstate access.

TruVue Corp., Westgate Research, Decamp Industries and Juneau Associates have recently relocated to University Park. Juneau Associates will continue engineering and land surveying while TruVue is an investment group specializing in photography and mapping data for the oil industry.

Numerous businesses also reside at the Gateway Commerce Center business park in Edwardsville prompting renovation of nearby schools and the construction of a new high school.

The future of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon looks bright. Start up businesses are popping up in the area thanks to an increase in certified capital companies interested in providing early-stage financing. In addition, Gov. George Ryan has signed legislation to create the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit Act. This move will help attract high-paying jobs to Southwestern Illinois.


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