• MidAmerica development could bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    Southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County will have more than 250 acres of its land near a struggling airport appraised as a step toward selling the property to developers planning a business park.

    The Belleville News-Democrat reports the county’s public building commission overseeing MidAmerica St. Louis Airport agreed Thursday to hire a company to affix a value to the 253 acres.

    Airport Director Tim Cantwell didn’t address the long-term plans of the appraised property.

    But the newspaper reports that Covenant Aerospace Inc. Looks to build a business park centered around the construction of cargo airplanes near the Mascoutah airport.

    The company estimates the venture could create nearly 2,200 jobs.

    Midamerica hasn’t turned a profit since opening in 1998 as an alternative to St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport.