The Waterloo Chamber of Commerce was formed to cultivate, assist, and promote the educational, cultural, and civic advancement and progress of the City of Waterloo and the surrounding community and to encourage, assist, and promote business and industry in the community.
In addition to serving and promoting the needs of business within the community, the Chamber has established and maintains a public park within the city to further support its mission.
The Chamber promotes economic and civic development through itsVarious committees and by maintaining strong ties with the city government. It has established a record of strong support for businesses in the central core of the city as well as those new businesses located elsewhere within the city.
Just 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, lies the picturesque town of Waterloo, Illinois. With a charming town square and quiet, clean streets, Waterloo combines traditional small-town living with big-city advantages to offer residents, businesses, andVisitors the best of both worlds. Agriculture and farming are big business in Waterloo, as the area is rich in principal crops such as corn and small grains. Dairy, livestock, hens and hogs are also important to the regional economy. There is plenty to see and do in Waterloo, where friends are always close by. This "bedroom" community, where many commute to work in St. Louis, is an ideal place to live and raise a family.
Waterloo is connected to the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan regionVia Route 3, which runs through town. The city is also well-connected to the nation with an excellent transportation network of highways and railways. Public transportation is also available through The Bi-State Development Agency, which has several St. Louis-Waterloo buses operating weekdays. Air transport is accessible as well at nearby Scott Air Force Base, which is undergoing expansion in order to bring civilian air traffic into the region.
Illinois Route 3 is in the process of being relocated to the west side of Waterloo. When completed, this route will provide relief from traffic congestion at peak drive times and ease access to residential and commercial areas of the city.
Recent residential growth in Waterloo has spurred increased commercial activity. WalMart has opened a new, 24-hr. Supercenter on North Market Street. New food service and other retail establishments are scheduled to open in the commercial developments at the north end of town. Other shopping opportunities are also available 20-30 minutes away in the St. Louis and metro east areas.
In addition to the new chain stores that have opened in town, Waterloo has a strong, historic downtown business district that has many retail establishments. Neighborhood taverns serve family fare, and service industries cater to aVariety of needs. The downtown area is anchored by the Monroe County Courthouse and annex, Waterloo City Hall, and several financial institutions. Retailers and property owners downtown are supported by Mill, Market, & Main, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the economicViability of the citys central core.
The city is also actively involved with industrial development in an effort to capitalize on light-industrial zoned property on the main transportation arteries. Opportunities for light industrial parks and tax-increment financing districts are also under review.
For fun any day of the year, you dont have to go any farther than Waterloo. The Waterloo Country Club, just north of town off Route 3, has a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, dining room, and bar open to the public. The Waterloo Sportsmans Club on Sportsmans Road offers fishing, camping, nature trails, and picnicking. The Ridge Golf and Country Club, one mile east of Rt. 3 on Hamacher, features an 18-hole golf course, driving range, restaurant and bar all open to the public, with memberships available. More golfing is offered at Annbriar Golf Course, located two miles west of Waterloo on Gall Road, with an 18-hole course, dining room, and bar. All are open to the public
The entire family will enjoy the many beautiful parks owned and operated by the Waterloo Park District. Konarcik Park, on 60 acres east of Waterloo on the Konarcik Park Road, has three pavilions, a crystal blue lake with fishing, and a ball diamond. The Park District also maintains two tennis courts, public swimming pools, playground, five ball diamonds and one soccer field. The Jaycee Ball Diamonds, one of which is on the northern edge of Waterloo on North Moore Street, hosts both womens and mens leagues. Acorns Golf Course is an 18-hole public facility on Ahne Road with restaurant, bar, and banquet facilities. On the western edge of Waterloo on the Maeystown Road are three city lakes where fishing is permitted. Lions Club Park, located in the Sunset Acres subdivision in the western part of town, has a public playground for the little ones.
A sports complex featuring four baseball diamonds and two soccer fields, operated by the Waterloo Sports Association, is located on the West end of Illinois Ave. The Association also has baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, and T-ball organizations for boys and girls age five through 18. For year round fun for the whole family, Waterloo has it all.
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