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Announcement of Resignation of President of the RiverBend Growth Association, Monica Bristow

posted Nov 16 2017 12:00 PM

It is with a mixture of gratitude and sadness that the Board of Directors of the RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA) announces the departure of its President, Monica Bristow effective November 30, 2017.

Since 2003 Monica has played an integral role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership we wish her the best of luck in her pursuit of the seat in the Illinois House of Representatives 111th District that will be open due to the announced retirement of current Representative Daniel Beiser.

The Board would like to thank Monica for her 14 years of dedicated service to the RBGA, its member communities and businesses involving many significant accomplishments including:

  • Helping create the CEO Program for High School Seniors
  • Bringing the local municipalities closer together to work for the interests of the whole Riverbend Region
  • Working on the Illinois Medical Malpractice Issues
  • Prevention of the General Revenue Tax
  • Participation in workforce issues

A committee has been formed by the Board of the RBGA to conduct a search for both an interim President and a permanent President in the coming months to lead the organization.

"We cannot thank Monica enough for the dedication, passion and enthusiasm she has given to the RBGA over the last 14 years. She will be missed by Staff, Board and Membership alike", said Board Chairman, August Wuellner.

The RiverBend Growth Association is both 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 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.

The mission of the Growth Association is to provide leadership required to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the Riverbend Community.