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Heil named Glen Carbon Director of Community Development

Times-Tribune staff

Erika Heil has been named the new Director of Community Development for the Village of Glen Carbon. 

In her role Heil will oversee the building and zoning department and economic development initiatives, according to a city news release.

Erika Heil

“It’s an honor to be selected as the director of community development for Glen Carbon,” Heil stated in the release. “Glen Carbon is such a wonderful, vibrant community and as the momentum continues to accelerate in the Village, I’m thrilled to be a part of its future progress and initiatives.”

Heil will start work on May 8. She has extensive economic development experience in Missouri and Illinois, working on local, statewide and regional projects, according to the release. 

“Erika brings with her a great amount of experience and knowledge and we look forward to working with her.” Village Administrator Jamie Bowden said. “She’s going to be an asset to the Village, its residents and its businesses.”

 Heil has 20 years experience in municipal government and related organizations. She previously served as the Executive Director for The Alliance of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon and recently was the Village Administrator for New Baden, Illinois. 

She has served in various positions and boards to include Edwardsville Township, Secretary for the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council, Illinois Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Illinois Economic Development Council, National Corn to Ethanol Research Center Stakeholder, and Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council. 

Heil was also the recipient of an Excellence in Economic Development award by the International Economic Development Council for her work, according to the release. 

Heil earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Eastern Illinois University and her master’s degree in public administration from Troy University. She is an Honorary Commander at Scott Air Force Base and Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 8030-G in Edwardsville, also volunteering at Gateway Pet Guardians in East St. Louis.

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