Three Things to Know about Illinois Route 3 in Southwestern Illinois

Friday, May 27 – Hear firsthand from the author of the latest study on the economic impact of Illinois Route 3 east of St. Louis and discover how this 60-mile-long corridor has become a nationally significant heavy industrial corridor. Economically impactful and successful, with an accessible and highly skilled workforce, and optimized for manufacturing and logistics, learn how this corridor is helping to meet the insatiable demand for industrial space with suitable real estate sites available right now and plans in the works to elevate other sites to developer ready status. Attendees will also get insight on how international business trends, especially in light of continued supply chain disruptions and shortages, COVID-19, inflation, and now the emerging geopolitical situation, affect site selection trends and foreign direct investment, including reshoring. Hear how those trends might positively impact an area like Route 3 in Illinois and the role state and local governments can play in advancing those efforts.


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Doug Rasmussen

Doug Rasmussen

CEO and Managing Principal of Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners

Doug Rasmussen, CEO and Managing Principal of Steadfast City Economic and Community Planners, has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation/logistics, real estate, economic development and entertainment industries as an economic development professional, entrepreneur, thought leader and transactional consultant. During his career, Rasmussen has seen success while negotiating business and real estate development incentives along with assisting organizations in lowering their operating costs and securing gap financing for their capital projects.

James Clayborne portrait.

Former Illinois State Senator James Clayborne

Founding Partner, Clayborne & Wagner, LLP

James Clayborne is the founding partner of the only African American certified minority owned law firm between Chicago and Kansas City. Clayborne serves on numerous boards with extensive leadership experience in business and politics, having served in the Illinois State Senate from 1995 to 2018. As a champion of systemic change, his communication skills have played a key role in cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals. His experience includes representing public utilities in negotiations for real estate, overseeing environment cleanup of old industrial sites, and broad-based litigation in commercial development and P3 development projects.

Paulina San Millan portrait.

Paulina San Millan

Vice President, Business Development, Intersect Illinois

Paulina San Millan is Vice President of Business Development at Intersect Illinois, the state’s private sector business recruitment organization. In this capacity, she oversees projects and develops strategies to market the State of Illinois, attract opportunities and respond to projects. With 14 years of experience in economic development, San Millan supported local businesses while they became export-ready with the Small Business Development Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During her time in New Mexico, she also served as a catalyst for business attraction and site selection at New Mexico Partnership and Newmark Knight Frank.

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Ameren Illinois
Burns McDonnell
Castle Contracting
The Jerry Costello Group
CMT – Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Supporting Sponsors

Hauser Group – Public Relations
The Boeing Center – Olin Business School at Washington University
Design Nine – Engineering Services for Railroads and Industry

Associate Sponsors

Terracon – Explore with us
CDI – Civil Design, Inc