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SIUE Among RCGA's Top 50 Award Recipients For Second Year

SIUE Among RCGA's Top 50 Award Recipients For Second Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville again is being recognized among the region's top 50 by St. Louis Commerce Magazine.

As one of the 2008 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award recipients, SIUE will be honored in the magazine, as well as at an awards presentation dinner Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront.

In order to be selected, companies and organizations must show significant economic and civic impact on the region. The awards are presented by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), in collaboration with the St. Louis office of Deloitte. Along with Commerce, other sponsors include Ameren Corporation, Edward Jones, Southwest Bank and KMOX Radio.

SIUE is one of the largest employers in Madison County, with nearly 2,000 full-time employees. SIUE's total regional economic impact was $365 million in FY05. About 3,500 students live on the campus and the majority of its more than 13,600 students live in the region, contributing to the Greater St. Louis regional economy. Additionally, more than 60 percent of SIUE's nearly 80,000 alumni live within 50 miles of campus, contributing to the vitality of the economy.

"At SIUE, we develop solid citizens who graduate from this institution wiser than when they arrived, inspired to engage in public service and committed to a better world," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "Consistent with our vision, we produce exceptional leaders. Those leaders go on to have a significant, positive impact on the economic and civic prosperity of our region, leaving an indelible mark of excellence."

In 2007, SIUE was one of only two universities and one college named among the Top 50, which included a list of corporations and businesses including BJC HealthCare, MasterCard Worldwide, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Korte Company and Maritz Inc.

The Top 50 was started in 1996 to recognize technology-related companies. The number of notable companies across all industries prompted the expansion of the program in 2004 to include the recognition of companies and organizations in all areas of business.

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