Cork Tree Creative Sponsoring Route 66 Festival

It’s time to have a rocking good time at the 18th Annual Edwardsville Route 66 Festival happening Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at City Park in downtown Edwardsville, IL. Sponsoring the festival for the fourth consecutive year is St. Louis area marketing firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. Cork Tree Creative is a full-service marketing and public relations firm specializing in website design, graphic design, social media, video production, photography and SEO. 

Laura Reed, owner of Cork Tree Creative, is delighted to be associated with the festival and the historical significance of Route 66. “As Mother Road Sponsor of this popular event, it has been a pleasure to help organize and promote a festival that stirs such fond memories of Route 66. Because the festival appeals to all ages, it revitalizes our area’s history for the younger generations to appreciate as well.”

The weekend’s events include a classic car cruise and show, great food, beer and wine as well as art vendors, children’s activities, Metro Milers 10K Run, Trailnet Route 66 Bicycle Ride and live music by Well Hungarians and Dr. Zhivegas. Visit www.edwardsvilleroute66.com for the complete event schedule, follow the festival on Twitter, or like their Facebook page.

Reed Graduates from RBGA Leadership Academy

Laura Reed, Public Relations Director and Owner of the St. Louis area Marketing and PR Firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. graduated from the respected Riverbend Growth Association Leadership Academy Friday, May 15. Eight graduates celebrated this accomplishment after completing a nine-month program that included presentations from local business and political leaders, exercises in public speaking and communication enhancement endeavors. In addition to field trips and meetings with public officials, participants networked among themselves and forged lasting relationships within their fields and beyond. 

Reed said the sessions were quite informative, covering a wide-variety of subject matter to include healthcare, transportation and the media. “Working with this top-notch group of professionals has been a rewarding experience that I will never forget. I’ve now expanded my networking circle to include some great people, socially and professionally.”

The RBGA will hold its next Leadership Academy in the fall of 2016 and will make a call for nominations in July of 2016.  Nominees should be between the ages of 21 and 40 and be up and coming employees in the businesses in which they work.  For more information about Leadership Academy, contact Monica Bristow at 618-467-2280.

Cork Tree Creative Sponsors New Metro-East Positive Image Campaign

By Nicole Dicks

Cork Tree Creative recently signed on as a sponsor of the “Get to know m.e. campaign: The Metro-East. I live here. I love it.” The purpose of the campaign is to unite various local businesses in the area and fund a comprehensive, positive-image campaign for the Metro-East. Additionally, the funding of visible projects to make our community even stronger will be considered in the marketing efforts.

Laura Reed, Co-Owner and Director of Public Relations for Cork Tree Creative, thought this campaign was a great way to showcase the Metro-East’s many positive attributes. Reed said, “We have a great community and more and more people are starting to talk about the Metro-East for its food scene, housing stock, bustling Main Streets and our parks, which are only going to get better.” As a business owner that regularly supports the community, she also stated that there’s a lot of pride among Illinois residents and businesses, supporting each other and cooperating to make this area a better place to live, work and play.

The “Get to know m.e.” campaign is officially being launched March 2015 and a few sponsor spots are still available for local businesses wanting to participate. The website, www.gettoknowthemetroeast.com, is also accepting project ideas. Want to learn more? Use the contact form on the website or find up-to-date campaign details on their Facebook page.  

There are so many reasons to live in the Metro-East and love it!

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Cork Tree Creative Sponsors Local Community Events

Cork Tree Creative is giving back to the community by sponsoring two local events in Collinsville, Ill. in March of 2015: the 7th Annual Evening with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the inagural Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Cocktails & Connections event.

Cork Tree Creative is working with the city of Collinsville to put on the 7th Annual Evening with the EDC to help celebrate Collinsville’s development opportunities. The event, which will be held on Thurs., Mar. 5, 2015, helps attendees learn about Collinsville’s retail, office and workforce industry while networking with professionals at this invitation-only event. More information about “An Evening With the EDC” can be found online at www.destinationcollinsville.com or by calling 618-346-5200, extension 1129.

Cork Tree Creative will also help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois organize and promote its inaugural Cocktails & Connections event, a gathering of Southern Illinois women business and community leaders. This annual event will help develop future women leaders by promoting Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), financial literacy and health and wellness. The event will be held on Thurs., Mar. 12, 2015 and is open to all business women in the community. Reservations are limited. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois provides a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience for 14,000 girls and 4,500 volunteers throughout southern Illinois. For more information, contact Chermain Jennings, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 618-692-0692.

Laura Reed Joins Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

Cork Tree Creative Co-Owner Laura Reed joined the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois in January. The Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois’ goal is to unite business, industry, government, education and labor for economic growth in Southwestern Illinois.

As a member, Reed is looking forward to networking with other professionals in the region and cultivating relationships with businesses, sharing knowledge and learning from others.

The Leadership Council is a 501(c) 6 that is guided by a 16-member executive committee and includes approximately 175 top executives and decision makers, providing a level of diversity that makes the organization unique. Cooperation and collaboration among members and local community-based organizations have helped reshape Southwestern Illinois.