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MCEDC hosts inaugural annual meeting

By on April 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

From left, Monroe County members of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Protection District Council Board of Directors, Bruce Brinkman, David Baxmeyer and John Conrad, were honored for their contributions to re-establishing FEMA accreditation for the region’s Mississippi River levees. At right is Chuck Etwart of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District. Not pictured is Ron Polka. (Alan Dooley photos)

A brisk wind from the west greeted many of the approximately 100 attendees of the first annual meeting of the Monroe County Illinois Economic Development Corporation as they walked out on the fifth story balcony of 11 South in Columbia on March 30.

There, most for the first time, attendees saw the splendid panorama visible from 100 feet above Route 3, with the St. Louis skyline and its Arch just 11 miles north in the distance.

Attendees then went inside to experience a wind of economic change and development for Monroe County and surrounding areas.

Outgoing MCEDC Board Chairman Jim Hill launched the session, describing the first eight months of operation of the not-for-profit, public-private partnership.

“We are very excited about the development opportunities in the region and the potential for the corporation to drive those forward,” Hill said.

He noted the MCEDC was an outgrowth of the former county development council headed up by the late Nora Feuquay. Incorporated last April, the MCEDC surged off the ground with the hiring of Edie Koch as executive director in August…>>>

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Alan Dooley

Alan is a photojournalist -- he both shoots pictures and writes for the R-T. A 31-year Navy vet, he has lived worldwide, but with his wife Sherry, calls a rambling house south of Waterloo home. Alan counts astronomy as a hobby and is fascinated by just about everything scientific.