Separated by the mighty Mississippi River from Metropolitan St. Louis, more people than ever before are proud to call Southwest Illinois home. A balanced mix of farming communities and urban developments, the area preserves its rich history while offering all available modern conveniences.
Scott Air Force Base, the regions leading economic partner, employs thousands of military service men and women, and reaches powerfully into every corner of the area thorough the countless support personnel and businesses with which it partners.
Abundant transportation includes several Interstate highways and Metrolink, the area’s light-rail system, with service from Scott Air Force Base to St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
Countless area attractions including National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, Gateway International Raceway, Gateway Grizzlies Minor League Baseball, Cahokia Mounds, Fort De Charters, and many more make Southwest Illinois a great place to visit and a wonderful place to live.