BUILDING AND GROWING THE I57 BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The Matteson Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Choctaw Nation’s plan for a casino in their Monday night board meeting.
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Comcast Business announced that it has expanded its advanced network infrastructure in Downtown Park Forest, adding a half mile of fiber optic cable along Forest Blvd, Victory Drive, Main Street and Liberty Drive. The expansion, which will bring Comcast’s network to more than 100 additional area businesses, is designed to help boost the local economy and make the downtown even more attractive to businesses, residents and visitors.
With the build complete, Comcast Business can provide small, medium and large businesses in Downtown Park Forest access to Internet speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) – and up to 100 Gbps on a case-by-case basis – along with a wide range of advanced services, including Ethernet, Internet, Advanced Voice and value-added cloud solutions. In addition, Comcast Business will be able to bring new customers along the path of the expansion online more quickly.
“Part of the Village’s economic development strategy is to attract more state-of-the-art services to downtown and make them available to local businesses,” said Tom Mick, Park Forest Village Manager. “Thanks to Comcast’s investment, and a collaborative effort between Downtown Park Forest Property Manager Heather Jones and Comcast, Park Forest’s downtown businesses will now have access to technologies that will help them compete locally, regionally and nationally.”
“Access to advanced technology drives economic growth,” said Jeff Cobb, Regional Vice President of Comcast Business. “In addition, advanced technology, faster Internet speeds and advanced services will help businesses serve customers remotely and support growing numbers of employees working in the field and at home.”
Additional advanced Comcast Business services available to Downtown Park Forest businesses as a result of the network expansion include:
Comcast also offers an Internet service up to 1 Gbps download speeds to homes and businesses across Park Forest using a technology called “Docsis 3.1.” Launched regionally in August 2016, Comcast provides the service using the company’s existing network.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois – As part of our effort to minimize the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields has instituted new visitor restrictions.
All visitation continues to be suspended throughout Franciscan Health hospitals unless listed in the following exceptions for healthy visitors: View Current Visitor Restrictions.
This is a public health issue, and it is our intent to protect the health and safety of our patients, our visitors and our employees. In doing so, we can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, flu and other seasonal-communicable medical issues.
Those with general questions about coronavirus can find resources online, which are updated regularly, including:
n recent years, University Park has quickly emerged as a national mega-cluster for logistics, distribution, and e-commerce. Thanks to the proximity to several interstate highways and national railroads, the region is now connected by truck and train to both oceans, Canada, and the Gulf of Mexico. The Interstate-57 logistics corridor is booming and considered one of Illinois’ emerging success stories. Anyone driving along I-57, whether coming from the north or the south, is witness to the massive new distribution and fulfillment centers popping up in recent years.
Big names like Clorox, Georgia-Pacific, Dot Foods, Avatar, and Amazon have done their due diligence analyses, completed their economic impact studies and invested hundreds of millions based on their positive growth projections. Occupying millions of square feet, these new outlets employ thousands of new workers, many of whom are integrated with state-of-the-art robotics, and together, they connect commerce to people across the Midwest and beyond. University Park is also home to Governors State University.