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ALTON, ILLINOIS


General Information

     Primary County MADISON        
Additional Counties   

POPULATION 1980 1990 2000 2010 Current CLIMATE City 34,171 32,996 30,496 27,865 27,865 Avg. Winter Temp 30.66 F -0.74 C County 247,691 249,238 258,941 269,282 269,282 Avg. Summer Temp 78.00 F 25.56 C Labor 0 0 0 178,075 170,789 Avg. Annual Rainfall 21.00 In 53.34 Cm Market Avg. Annual Snowfall 18.00 In 45.72 Cm

Economic Development Amenities

Municipal Services
     Local Government MAYOR / COUNCIL / CITY        Municipal Zoning YES
   Comprehensive Plan Yes            - Rev. 2003       County Zoning YES
Subdivision Ordinance YES                                  Home Rule YES
  w/ Design Standards                                 Public Library YES
 Emergency 911 System YES                               Rescue Squad YES
 
 Fire Insurance Class 3     in city        outside
 
                         Full Time  Part Time  Volunteer
      Fire Department           50          0          0
    Police Department           70          0          0
 
Commercial Services
General Waste Disposal YES            Radio Stations   2
Special Waste Disposal YES               TV Channels   7
                                               Cable YES
                                          Newspapers   1 Daily    2 Weekly
                                          
         Machine Shops   4  If none, distance to nearest  10 MI   16 KM
            Tool & Die   1  If none, distance to nearest     MI      KM
 
                 Banks   9  Assets $    596,834,000
     Savings and Loans   0  Assets $              0
 
Additional Economic Amenities
Competitive Communities Initiatives YES     Stages    4      Foreign Trade Zone YES
                    Enterprise Zone YES                      Tax Increment Financing Dist YES
 
Remarks
ASSETS DOLLAR AMOUNT IS ACTUALLY DEPOSITS.

Transportation

MotorCarrier
   Highways Serving Community   1 Federal   5 State
Interstates Serving Community I-55, I-270, I-70, I-255, I-44                    
          Nearest Interchange NO   Distance    10 MI   16 KM

      Motor Freight Terminals   2
               Local Carriers  33
          Interstate Carriers  10
          Intrastate Carriers   3

     Package Delivery Service YES
       Commercial Bus Service YES

Air
Nearest Commercial Airport LAMBERT INT., ST LOUIS MO.
                     Local NO    25 MI 40 KM
       Commercial Airlines   16   Flights per day 1070

    Nearest Public Airport ST. LOUIS REGIONAL
                     Local NO   10 MI   16 KM
           Type of Surface CONCRETE       
            Longest Runway  8,100 FT   2,471 M 
            Runway Lighted YES
            Fuel Available YES    Charter Service Available YES
     Pvt Storage Available YES    Pvt Maintenance Available YES

Water
City Adjoins Navigable Water YES
            Name of Waterway MISSISSIPPI RIVER        
                Public Barge YES
               Private Barge YES
               Channel Depth     9 FT      3 M
            Length Of Season 12 Months
           Public Dock Local YES    0 MI    0 KM

Travel Time
(distance and travel time for goods in transit to selected major cities)

              Highway   Highway    Days       Days
City           Miles      Km.     by Rail   by Truck
-----------   -------   -------   -------   --------
Atlanta           558       893       2         1
Chicago           285       456       1         1
Cleveland         546       874       1         2
Dallas            645     1,032       2         1
Denver            856     1,370       2         2
Detroit           543       869       2         2
Kansas City       253       405       1         1
Los Angeles     1,848     2,957       3         4
Memphis           294       470       1         1
Minneapolis       546       874       2         2
New Orleans       695     1,112       2         2
New York          966     1,546       2         3
St. Louis          20        32       0         0
Seattle         2,109     3,374       4         4

Railroad(s)                Frequency of Switching
UNION PACIFIC              Daily       
NORFOLK SOUTHERN           Daily       
BURLINGTON NORTHERN        Daily       
GWR                        Daily       
                                       

Piggyback Service NO    13 MI   21 KM
Container Service NO    13 MI   21 KM

Remarks
ALTON HAS AMTRAK SERVICE.

Utilities

Water

      Water Supplier IL AMERICAN WATER COMPANY
        Water Source RIVER          

                                    Gallons/Day          Liters/Day 
              Storage Capacity        6,240,000          23,712,000
            Treatment Capacity       16,000,000          60,800,000
          Average Daily Demand        8,291,000          31,505,800
             Peak Daily Demand       12,789,000          48,598,200
               Excess Capacity                0                   0

Waste Water Treatment
Type of Sewage Treatment Plant SECONDARY      
                       Process ACTIVATED SLUDGE    
            Treatment Capacity       10,500,000          39,900,000
                  Present Load        8,000,000          30,400,000
               Excess Capacity        2,500,000           9,500,000

Natural Gas - Electricity - Telecommunications
            Gas Supplier AMEREN ILLINOIS          
       Electric Supplier AMEREN ILLINOIS          
Local Telephone Supplier AT&T                                              
       Digital Switching YES
            Fiber Optics YES
 Long Distances Carriers AT&T SPRINT MCI  

Remarks
SOUTHWESTERN CELLULAR & PAGING, EXCEL, 
CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS.

Health Facilities

 Number of Hospitals in Community  3    Total Number of Beds    451
  If No Hospital, Dist to Nearest   0 MI    0 KM
                           Clinic YES
             Doctors in Community   115
            Dentists in Community    30
Emergency Medical Treatment Local YES    0 MI    0 KM

Remarks

Education Facilities (in community)


Type                 Number  Teachers  Enrollment
-------------------  ------  --------  ----------
Elementary                7       185       2,840
Junior High               1       111       1,368
High School               1       129       2,022
Trade & Technical         1        26         811
Community College         0         0           0
Four-Yr College           0         0           0
University                1       110         200

Latest A.C.T. Composite Score 19.6

Remarks
6 MAJOR UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES WITHIN A 30-MILE 
RADIUS; SPECIAL EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE, UNIVERSITY 
- SIU-E DENTAL.

Employment

Major Employers In The Community

                                                          Union            Year
Employer                   Product/Service     Employees  Affiliation      Established
-------------------------  ------------------  ---------  ---------------  -----------
CITY OF ALTON              GOVERNMENT                238  NONE             1837
                         
CHALLENGE UNLIMITED        WORK PROVIDER/DISABL      865  NONE             1959
                         
ALTON COMMUNITY            EDUCATION                 897  NEA/IEA             0
UNIT SCH DIST #11        
ALTON MEMORIAL             GENERAL HOSPITAL          903  NONE             1937
HOSPITAL                 
SAINT ANTHONY'S            GENERAL HOSPITAL          948  NONE             1956
HEALTH CENTER            
ARGOSY CASINO              ENTERTAINMENT             489  SIU              1991
                         
AMERICAN WATER             CUSTOMER SERV CTR         435  NONE             2001
                         
RIVERBEND HEADSTART        SOCIAL SERVICE ORGAN      145  NONE             1916
& FAMILY SERVICES        
MILLER'S FIRST             INSURANCE                  64  NONE             1877
INSURANCE CO.            
COPE  PLASTICS             FABRICATOR/DISTRIBUT      226                   1946
                         

Labor Force
Labor Force Summary for  Jersey/Macoupin/Madison Co             
Annual Average for Year 2012
      Total Labor Force   170,789
             Unemployed  15,198
             Percentage   8.90%
         Total Employed   155,591
          Manufacturing  11.62%
      Non-Manufacturing  88.38%
            Agriculture   0.00%

Community Union Activity
       Last Year Data Available 2011
Labor Relations Board Elections 
         Number in Last 5 Years   1
            Number won by union   1
          Number won by company   0
      Work stoppage occurences
            within last 5 years   3
   Number of employees involved      50

Wage Rates
Wage rates for experienced workers in selected occupations working in the Econ Dev Reg 9 SW        

Occupation                 Entry      Top   Occupation                 Entry      Top
----------------------   -------  -------   ----------------------   -------  -------
Accountant/Auditor       $ 19.95  $ 40.37   Maintenance Mechanic     $ 19.88  $ 28.63
Assembler-Electronic     $  9.40  $ 15.56   Office Clerk             $  9.30  $ 15.78
Assembler-Production     $  9.40  $ 15.56   Secretary                $  9.68  $ 15.49
Computer Operator        $ 11.84  $ 17.25   Sheet Metal Worker       $ 11.68  $ 18.22
Computer Programmer      $ 17.91  $ 34.02   Ship-Recving Clerk       $ 10.96  $ 18.56
Data Entry Operator      $ 10.66  $ 16.15   Systems Analyst          $ 24.14  $ 39.65
Drill or Punch Press     $ 12.64  $ 18.44   Technician               $ 16.88  $ 33.35
Engineer                 $ 25.64  $ 39.20   Tool & Die Maker         $ 21.41  $ 29.98
Janitor/Porter/Cleaner   $  8.73  $ 13.34   Warehouse Worker         $ 10.41  $ 16.09
Laborer                  $ 14.51  $ 26.82   Welder                   $ 14.87  $ 26.17
Machinist                $ 13.66  $ 23.26   Word Processor           $ 12.46  $ 15.07

Remarks
WAGE RATES 2011 from IL Dept. of Employment 
Security website.

Community Facilities

(Available within 10 miles)

                   Motels/Hotels      13        Protestant Churches 150
                 Number of Rooms     615          Catholic Churches   9
                     Restaurants     150          Jewish Synagogues   1
Capacity of Largest Banquet Room     600              Country Clubs   1
             Public Golf Courses       8               Health Clubs   4
            Public Tennis Courts      24      Public Swimming Pools   5
     Public Access to Lake/River YES
              Name of Lake/River MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS & MO RIVERS                 

Remarks
326 SLIP MARINA UP AND RUNNING, ADDING 50 MORE 
SLIPS.

Tax Structure

Property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation. 
Valuation is 33.3% of real property except in Cook
 County where residential is assessed at 10%, 
commercial and industrial property is assessed at 
25%.

Property Tax Rates
    Year 2012          Total Property Tax Rates      Total Sales Tax Rate  7.85%
    City  2.1489%      For Two Previous Years        Utility Tax On 
  County  0.6974%          2011       2010              Electricity  0.00%
  School  4.2714%         8.0818%    7.9596%            Natural Gas  0.00%
Other(s)  1.2722%                                         Telephone  0.00%
   Total  8.3899%                                             Water  0.00%

Remarks
TOTAL SALES TAX RATE: 7.85% OUTSIDE ALTON SQUARE 
BUSINESS DISTRICT; 8.85% INSIDE ALTON SQUARE 
BUSINESS DISTRICT. TOTAL SALES TAX RATE ON 
TELEPHONE IS 12%.

Location Services and Other Information

Economic / Industrial                Profile Information
Development Contact                  Provided By        
Monica Bristow                       Monica Bristow                     
President                            President                
River Bend Growth Assoc              River Bend Growth Assoc            
5800 Godfrey, Alden Hall             5800 Godfrey, Alden Hall           
Godfrey, IL  620352426               Godfrey, IL  620352426
Phone (618) 467-2280                 Phone (618) 467-2280
  Fax (618) 466-8289                   Fax (618) 466-8289

Other Information
Zip Code(s) 62002           Rep Dist           111                          
                            Senate Dist        56                           
                            Congressional Dist 12    19         


Remarks
Monica Bristow E-Mail: 
mbristow@growthassociation.com
River Bend Growth Association Website: 
www.growthassociation.com

Last updated 06/10/2013
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