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The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Organization for the communities of the Riverbend. As a Chamber of Commerce, we actively promote activities between our member businesses. As an Economic Development Organization, we work closely with state, regional, county and local officials to develop new employment opportunities.
The mission of the Growth Association is to provide the leadership required to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the Riverbend community.
The Growth Association serves the following communities in southwestern Illinois: Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Elsah, Foster Township, Godfrey, Grafton, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana, Wood River, and Wood River Township.
As a chamber of commerce, we actively promote the recruitment of new members into the organization as well as retaining the current membership. We do this through a variety of benefits such as our communication pieces, networking events, event sponsorships, training opportunities, business to business resources, referrals and more.
Membership with the RBGA entitles you and your business to benefits that will strengthen your position in the community. Whether you are looking to brand your business through our networking events or utilize our Prescription Drug Card, your membership with the RBGA shows your commitment to the Riverbend community.
The Riverbend economy has grown and diversified replacing its historical dependence on manufacturing with a full spectrum of new and expanding businesses in the financial, service, industrial, transportation and tourism trades. The Riverbend enjoys a relaxed rural environment with close and immediate access to St. Louis and its arts, culture, sports, and education assets.
The RiverBend Growth Association can provide you with information and connections to programs and people within the Riverbend. Just call us, and we’ll make connections and provide all the information you’ll need to locate here.
Database of available sites and building profiles
General, statistical, economic and demographic information on the Riverbend communities, Madison County and the St. Louis region
Employer training program information
Enterprise Zone programs
Tax Increment Financing programs
Wage and labor market information
Business financing programs
Economic Development Incentives
UNIQUE REGIONAL QUALITIES
Available/productive labor force
Excellent infrastructure network and access
Pro-Development oriented communities
Competitive utility rates and reliable service
Central location to north-south and east-west markets