Our multi-purpose convention center is centrally located in the middle of the Metro East IL & St. Louis region. We offer beautiful event spaces
that are accessible and flexible with ample free parking and proximity to hotels and attractions that will make any event a success. With in-house
catering, decor and production services, an event planner has all the elements they need for an excellent event experience.
In the mid 1980’s the State of Illinois made a sizable investment in the construction of public assembly facilities in various communities throughout
Illinois. The state legislators' goals were to improve quality of life opportunities for its citizens and to spur economic development. Both
of these objectives continue to be met by Gateway Center. As a result of this initiative, the Collinsville Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium
and Office Building Authority was created by the Illinois Civic Center Act. The Authority owns and operates Gateway Center. The purpose of
the act was to accomplish the aims of the State of Illinois to enhance the ability of its citizens to avail themselves of civic and cultural
Gene Brombolich, mayor of Collinsville from 1975-1991, and at one time, board member of Gateway Center, initially proposed the construction of
a convention center in the community of Collinsville. Brombolich was instrumental in securing the funding and support for construction of the
60,000 square foot multi-purpose facility.
Revenues that initially funded the construction, operation and promotion of Gateway Center were derived from the collection of a 5% hotel/motel
tax, 1% food and beverage tax and all operating revenue collected from the use of Gateway Center.
The local development that has resulted from the construction of Gateway Center could hardly have been envisioned back in the mid 1980s when the
idea to build a convention center first came about. Now Gateway Center anchors the Eastport Plaza area, which has evolved into a viable hospitality
business center, that affords visitors and event participants the opportunity to meet, eat and sleep in one location.
In 1995, just shortly following Gateway Center’s initial years in operation, the decision was made by the Authority to look at the feasibility
of expanding Gateway Center. The Authority felt that the future of Gateway Center depended on its ability to bring larger events to the Center
and provide more space to allow current customers to expand their business. This would in turn bring more people to the area that will spend
more dollars at local hotels, restaurants, service stations, shops and attractions. For the reasons of business retention, missed opportunities
and competitive considerations, two subsequent expansions of Gateway Center have come to fruition adding more than 45,000 square feet to the
venue’s original footprint.
The present day 105,000 gross square foot facility, has hosted as many as 624 events annually, and has attracted a variety of users from around
the world. In 2011, this multipurpose facility has been responsible for bringing nearly 2.8 million visitors to Southwest Illinois over the
duration of its history.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, automated trash collection will begin for the residents of the City of Collinsville.
All residential customers will receive a new 95-gallon trash cart, during the weeks of Monday, June 26th through Friday, July 7th. These
blue trash carts are similar to the current recycling cart, but with a black lid labeled trash.
Additional trash carts may be leased for $2/month, with a 3 month commitment.
A resident can exchange their 95-gallon trash cart for a 65-gallon trash cart, free of charge, through August 31, 2017.
Residents will no longer need to provide their own containers for trash.
Republic Services will dispose of the personal trash containers through July 31, 2017. If you want
Republic Services to dispose of your trash containers, set them at the curb and mark “take container.”
Some residents may have a change in their service date. Watch your mail the week of June 26, 2017 for service date information.
Proper cart placement for automated service:
- Have your cart at the curb by 6am of your service day.
- Place the cart at least five (5) feet from any object; like a tree, pole, fire hydrant, mailbox, electrical box, cable box, etc. and at least five(5)
feet away from cars so the automated arm can reach your cart.
- Please have this same distance of five (5) between trash and recycle carts.
- Don’t lean anything against the cart.
- Don’t place your cart under a tree or near utility lines.
- Place carts one (1) foot from the curb or edge of the street.
- All trash must be bagged and contained inside your Republic Service cart, with the lid closed.
- Bags/trash lying outside of the cart or personal cans/containers will not be picked up.
For any question about automated trash collection call Republic Services Customer Service at:
The City of Collinsville partnered with Pat & Leonard Reitz to bring you the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. The Banners will be on display in
Uptown Collinsville until after Veteran's Day 2016. This is the first year for the banner program and it has been a huge success with over 140
banners purchased by local family members of our armed services.
Below is the video of the Dedication Ceremony held September 24, 2016. Thank you to Pat & Leonard Reitz for organizing this great program, and
of course, thank you to the Veterans and their families for their dedication and service to our country.
The Mission Lifeline award was recently received by the Collinsville Fire Department.
The Mission Lifeline is an initiative started by the American Heart Association to
address gaps in cardiac care with the goal of improving outcomes through a combined
effort between EMS, Emergency Room, and the cardiac catheterization lab. The
program is a coordinated and proactive system that allows both EMS and hospital staff
to function as a single team with the purpose of improving survival and over all
outcomes from acute coronary syndromes. The parameters used to measure success
are based on a 90 min time window from first medical contact to the revascularization of
the effected artery. In addition, the department is rated on a set of protocols for which
patients should receive a 12- Lead ECG in the field and our compliance to these
The Collinsville Fire Department has received the Silver award this year, a step up from
the Bronze level recognition received last year. This designation indicated we are an
effective partner in improving overall outcomes and reducing the likelihood of significant
disability or death. In 2015, we diagnosed and treated 11 ST- Elevated myocardial
infarctions with excellent outcomes occurring in all cases. These are 11 residents who
previously would have experienced lengthy delays in their care and the probability of a
negative outcome would be high.
At the City Council Meeting June 27th, 2016, Mission Lifelife Director Art Miller presented Captain Tim Rainey, along with Mayor John Miller & City Manager Mitch Bair the award from the American Heart Association.
The Collinsville Police Department is offering to local schools, businesses & organizations, a free training course on Armed Intruder Response. Officer Mike Brown, of the Collinsville Police Department, gives an overview of the class. For more information contact Lt. Eric Herman at 618-344-2131