Friday, August 26, 2016

Hwy 127 Expansion

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the roadwork on Highway 127 north of Murphysboro is not a precursor to an expansion of the road to 4 lanes but rather a more efficient way of replacing the bridge crossing the Big Muddy River at that point. It is easier and more efficient to build the replacement bridge separately, then move the traffic from the old bridge to the new.

At approximately 5000 cars per day, north Highway 127 does not have enough traffic to justify a 4 lane expansion to Interstate 64. While such an expansion would probably generate more traffic along the route, the Department does not have the money available to invest in such development when there is other, more pressing work, such as along Hwy 13, to complete.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DE Weekly

According to my ad rep for the SIUC Daily Egyptian, starting this semester, the paper, which published online only over the summer, will move to a once a week print publishing schedule. New issues will appear once a week on Wednesday. She also indicated they were wooing bars and liquor stores, which abandoned the DE en masse a decade ago after a few stories the paper ran on bar overcrowding. Prior to that, bars were among the largest DE advertisers but over the years that money has moved to Thomas Publishing and the Carbondale Nightlife.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

IHOP Complex

Had an inquiry about the building going up behind the International House of Pancakes building. From what I understand, it is additional retail space the developer expects to rent out based upon traffic drawn to the site by the new IHOP.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jeffry Laundromat Closed

Downtown Carbondale landmark Jeffry Laundromat has had this noticed posted on the front door since early April, indicating a notice to shut the property due to not having a working restroom use by employees and customers. It appears that the restroom situation has not been dealt with as the doors have been locked for about two weeks or so.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Printing Plant Grand Re-opening

The Printing Plant will host a grand re-opening at its new location at 608 S. Illinois, just south of its old location. Previously, the building had hosted a mixed martial arts school, yoga center, furniture store and, for several years Duckett's Video Game Arcade:

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at The Printing Plant in Carbondale. The event will include an opportunity to tour the business’ new location and learn of expanded service offerings.
The Printing Plant is a full-service printing company offering traditional printing, design, signage, banners and is a designated Fed Ex shipping center.
The business is located at 608 S. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale, just across the parking lot from the business’ previous location.
Representatives of the Chamber, City and business will participate in the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

We're Number 2

The Carbondale (and other local) Chamber of Commerce's "Shop Southern Illinois" promotion took second place in the national Chamber Innovation Award Competition:

Shop Southern Illinois, a cooperative effort of 17 area chambers of commerce, placed second in the third annual national Chamber Innovation Award Competition, a program which celebrates and shares inventive ideas from chambers across the nation. Nearly 100 entries were received from Chamber organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards were announced Wednesday at the annual conference of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives held in Savannah, Ga.
Shop Southern Illinois featured a website where area residents could learn some of the reasons why it is important for Southern Illinoisans to shop locally and where they could take an online pledge to do most of their own holiday shopping in the region. By making the pledge, participants were entered in weekly drawings to win prizes which were donated by businesses.

A full marketing plan supported the program. Local and regional media ran promotions as public service announcements free of charge. The campaign included television and radio commercials featuring Southern Illinois University Men's Basketball Head Coach Barry Hinson, who urged area residents: "Don't cross the river and don't go online. Do your holiday shopping right here, where we all win."

Southern Illinois Chambers cooperating for the effort included Benton/West City, Carbondale, Carmi, Carterville, Chester, DuQuoin, Hamilton County, Herrin, Jefferson County, Marion, Metropolis, Murphysboro, Nashville, Pinckneyville, Saline County, Union County, and West Frankfort.

"It's very exciting to have our Shop Southern Illinois program recognized on a national scale," said Les O'Dell, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. "The effort is the ultimate in regional cooperation -- 17 chambers and businesses all over the region all working together with one goal: making area residents mindful of the importance of supporting our own communities and region."

Area Chamber leaders plan to continue the two-year-old program in 2016 and are pledging to use the $500 cash prize from the competition as prize money for this year's Shop Southern Illinois campaign.

The contest was sponsored by Minnesota-based ChamberMaster, a company that provides membership database software to Chambers of Commerce.