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AmerenUE contributes to SMEDA

Monday, March 19, 2007

PORTAGEVILLE - AmerenUE has provided a $10,000 contribution to the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance to help support regional economic development initiatives in the six-county area.

The money will go toward efforts to support the growth and expansion of existing employers as well as to attract new business and industry to the region.

Glenn W. "Skip" Smallwood Jr., business development executive, Economic Development, Ameren Services, presented the check to Buz Sutherland, SMEDA executive director, at the University of Missouri Delta Center in Portageville.

Smallwood said the money will help fund marketing tools and activities such as brochures, trade show participation, Web page improvements, and targeted marketing strategies.

He added that AmerenUE is committed to the region's economic vitality and through the company's Economic Development Department, provides comprehensive development services to SMEDA, including:

* Development of regional Quality of Labor data;

* Identification of property for industrial site development;

* Access to the Location One Information System--a Web-based community profile and industrial building/site search engine;

* Technical planning assistance;

* Demographic information and economic data.

The Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance is a six-county partnership formed in 2005 to encourage regional economic development in the Bootheel region.

AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren, through its operating subsidiaries, serves 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

More information on Ameren's economic development programs and services can be found by visiting the Ameren Web site (www.ameren.com) and, under "Business Center," clicking on "Economic Development."