e-Commerce Grants Still Available for Small Businesses
On May 18th, City Council officials approved a grant program to incentivize Highland businesses to implement e-Commerce solutions to facilitate purchases on their website. The Industrial Development Commission and Highland Communication Services partnered to launch the program, allowing businesses a grant of $500 to be used toward the cost of e-Commerce implementation.
Any brick-and-mortar Highland business that does not offer an e-Commerce option is eligible to apply. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be notified of approval after verification of the absence of an e-Commerce solution on the applicant’s website. The applicant will have three months to deploy the solution and, once the solution is verified, will receive the $500 grant. The Highland Chamber of Commerce has offered to provide guidance to businesses looking to implement e-Commerce.
E-Commerce Grant Application
The Industrial Development Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1115 Broadway. These meetings are open to the public.
List of Industrial Development Commission Meeting Dates
Our vision is a vibrant, innovative and diversified economy that creates a positive business climate and a high quality of life for the City of Highland.
Our mission is to provide visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement and business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner to continuously improve the region's economy and high-qualtiy of life.
1 Year Terms:
Each member of this five-member Commission shall serve for a term of one year, which one-year term (regardless of the date of the member's taking office) shall expire on the date of the first City Council meeting in the month of May next following the member's taking office.
Name Position Phone Email
James L. Meridith Chairman 618-654-2155 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Korte-Lindsay Vice-Chairman 618-973-8645 email@example.com
Jon Greve Treasurer 618-651-3507 firstname.lastname@example.org
William Napper Member 618-315-2758 email@example.com
Marshall Rinderer Member 618-882-6390 firstname.lastname@example.org
Members - Biographies
James L. Meridith, Chairman
Meridith Funeral Home
Term: May 4, 2020
Hi, my name is Jim Meridith and I lead our Industrial Development Committee. I am a licensed funeral director and run my family’s business, the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland and other small towns. I became interested in the IDC because business in Highland is important to me, obviously, but business in general is a passion of mine. I have helped lead my family business for the last 12 years or so and I find business ownership very rewarding and nerve wracking at the same time. Hopefully, I am able to help the business climate in Highland and we will be able attract more business’s to our great small town.
I graduated from St. Paul High School in 1986 and then McKendree College, now University, in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration. I have worked in the restaurant business, convenience store/gas station industry, for B-Line Systems and Graybar Electric and the funeral business. I live in Highland with my wife, Denise, our children, Jimmy and Sophia and we couldn’t be happier to be part of such an amazing community. I am a member of Knights of Columbus, Optimist, Lions and Moose clubs and I coach or help coach as many of my kids’ teams as I can. I look forward to meeting you and your family.
Diane Korte-Lindsey is a lifelong resident of the City of Highland and has always been proud to call it her home. She began her real estate career in 1981 as an agent. In 1986, after obtaining a broker’s license, Diane was the first managing broker of the Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors Highland office. Today she is one of the top agents at that office devoting full time to working with clients who are buying and selling properties.
Over the years she has been very active with the local and state Realtor associations, serving on numerous committees, as the local president of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in 1995 and Realtor of the year in 1997. Diane has a Certified Residential Specialist designation and served as the Illinois State President in 2000. Diane is married to Steve Lindsey. She has two sons, two step daughters and six grandchildren. Serving on the IDC committee is an honor and offers an opportunity to give back to a great place to call home!
I am a Vietnam veteran and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with more than 20 years of service.
Serving first as an aircraft technician on aircraft such as the KC 135, DC9 and KC 130 Hercules.
I am married. My wife and I have three children and four grandchildren.
While serving in the military, I attended several colleges and after several years of evening classes, I graduated from Central Texas College.
It was during a tour at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, I was encouraged to transition to Public Affairs. Graduating from Defense Information Journalism School, I began a new career as a military journalist which took me around the globe including mainland Japan, Okinawa, Korea and more.
After retirement, I created The Pioneer newspaper which covers Central and northern Madison County.
I believe that every community needs a positive person to “cheer on” the community and highlight the positive aspects of the community.
The community should be proactive and engaging to attract families and businesses who want to live and work in a safe and welcoming community. My desire is to be a part of a community such as that, and I believe that Highland fits that description completely.
P.O. Box 218
Highland, IL 62249-0218