All of us know that change can be hard, especially if it involves uprooting our families and moving them into an entirely new town, with new schools and unfamiliar surroundings. There may be mixed emotions filled with excitement about the new opportunity, but also likely some fear of the unknown. Of course, it’s important to find a new home that you love, making you feel comfortable as you adjust to the new environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of reputable resources that could help acclimate you and your loved ones to this new community? Well, I’ve compiled a list of resources to help navigate you through the beloved communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, with the hope of making the transition even easier (and more fun, too).
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce. In our community, there are many, many small and large businesses alike that have joined the local chamber. It’s a wonderful organization filled with good people and great resources. There’s a tool on their website that offers ways to search businesses, places and things. Looking for an area restaurant? Most likely, they are a chamber member and are listed on this website with a link to the actual business. Fortunately, most businesses have some sort of web presence today so you can always find more about them online. Learn more about the Ed/Glen Chamber here http://www.edglenchamber.com/home.htm.
Edwardsvilleonline.com. This handy website is another “go-to” resource for people relocating to the Edwardsville area. Residents of Glen Carbon and Edwardsville, as well as surrounding communities like Troy and Maryville, can also go to Edwardsvilleonline when searching for local events, new businesses that are opening in the area, and more. Local organizations can also submit their own events to the website, so you can find a number of things to do, whether it’s a church craft fair, local 5k, or a larger-scale community-wide event in the area. Here’s the link to Edwardsvilleonline: http://www.edwardsvilleonline.com/. It also offers an easy-to-use search engine if you are looking for a specific business.
Both communities have their own websites. Edwardsville’s can be found at http://www.cityofedwardsville.com/ and Glen Carbon’s link is http://www.glen-carbon.il.us/. City business information is available at both sites, including information on administrative services, public works and parks and recreation. If you are on Facebook, you can also follow both community Facebook pages for up-to-date events as well as other newsworthy information.
District 7 is a wonderful, award-winning school district, and if you are relocating with school aged-children you can find more information about the district by visiting the website http://www.ecusd7.org/. For children aged pre-K through 12th grade, District 7 is known for top-notch education as well as extra-curricular activities, including a variety of team sports. Locally, the area also offers private schools for children, including a recently built Catholic High School in Glen Carbon (http://mcgivneygriffins.com/).
Other resources include the Edwardsville Arts Center, located attached to the Edwardsville High School, offering wonderful, affordable art classes for the community as well as a gallery and gift shop you won’t want to miss. The local YMCA offers not just one but TWO locations (Esic Center and Meyer Center), filled with so many classes it will be hard to choose your favorite. An indoor pool, outdoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasium and fitness centers at both locations make it easy to stay healthy. A class catalog and more is available online at http://www.edwardsvilleymca.com/.
Edwardsville and Glen Carbon offer a perfect combination of small town warmth with all of the amenities you’d find in a larger city. Conveniently located just 20 minutes away from St. Louis, you’ll enjoy the short drive to a larger metropolis but will also soon learn that wonderful dining, shopping and activities are available right here, without having to cross the river! I am happy to answer more questions you may have about the area or offer advice. Contact me here or call me at 618-978-2384 with your relocation inquiries. Happy New Year!