East St. Louis mayor hopes new investments will bring jobs

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EAST ST. LOUIS IL (KTVI) - On Tuesday East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks, developers and business owners gave an update on some of the city’s most significant developments. Some of them ranging from a new port, an aquaphonic food plant, two grocery stores, an entertainment amphitheater, and a $140-million dollar solar energy farm. All of them expected to bring thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars in revenue. The city is also planning  to help business owners with grants of up to $25,000 to help start and maintain businesses. Enhancements to public safety are also part of the plan.

Many of the projects are currently in development; others are still in the planning stages. Some will be done within the next two months.  Mayor parks didn’t elaborate on the medical marijuana plant but did say the group handling it is expected to speak to the community next month.

The mayor did say it would not be located near any schools, homes, churches or highly populated areas.