Last fall the Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council was formed, with the goal of raising awareness of global exporting and foreign direct investment as an opportunity for economic stability and growth in Southwestern Illinois.  It now has a board of directors in place, and is ready to move forward in helping local businesses grow. 

An overriding goal of the council, according to its first board president, is to be there to guide and support companies of all sizes that wish to begin exporting.  Identifying and forming strategies to address barriers that discourage or limit exports from the region and/or foreign direct investment are additional objectives of the council, as is encouraging existing and potential global exporting support regionally.  You can see more about the board members at this story at

Elected to the board of the Trade and Investment Council are David Kniepkamp, Smart Controls LLC, board president; Herbert Roach, SW IL SCORE, board vice president; Paul Toskin, Commerce Bank, board treasurer; and Erick Dahl, St. Louis Downtown Airport, board secretary.

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