Fairview Heights, Illinois is located in the Metro-east portion of the St. Louis MSA and is 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. With over 3,000,000 sq. ft. of retail, Fairview Heights is dubbed the RETAIL HUB OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. It is home to a Super Regional Mall and 7 shopping centers. 75 restaurants operate in the City as do 8 hotels/motels. Interstate 64 straddles the City with Traffic Counts at Exit 12 exceeding 75,000 cars a day.
The Fairview Heights, Illinois Economic Development Department has two (2) primary goals:
- Retain existing businesses within the City and advocate/assist in the expansion of those existing businesses.
- Recruit new business start-ups and solicit Companies to locate in the City.
To accomplish these two (2) goals the Department utilizes a number of tools. A Community Profile outlining the demographic and business characteristics of the City is maintained and updated on a regular basis. A Marketing Brochure slanted toward Economic Development opportunities in the City has been produced to entice builders, developers and companies to locate here. An Inventory of Vacant Building and Sites available for occupancy or development in the City is maintained and updated continually. A Business Assistance Program document has been prepared to inform individuals and companies of financial incentives available to assist in locating, relocating or expanding in the City. All of these tools are available on the Department’s website.