Collaboration between logistics companies, local governments and transit agencies are helping feed the demand for labor in Madison County’s growing logistics industry, according to officials from St. Louis Regional Freightway. For more than a decade, Madison County Transit has been expanding its service in the warehouse district along Illinois 111, especially to the Gateway Commerce Center, where the workforce is a key contributor to the 9,500 warehouse employees in Edwardsville alone.
“The Freightway’s role in bringing all the stakeholders together with the transit agencies to better communicate their specific needs was significant,” said Steve Zuber, principal with Barber Murphy Commercial Real Estate Solutions, who recognizes the importance of public transit access to economic development. “People were heard, and something was
done because of it. The outcome underscores how phenomenal the spirit of cooperation is within this region.”