Cheryl (Cheri) R. Welge
Cheryl (Cheri) Welge is a business development executive in Ameren Corporation’s Economic Development Department.
Cheri serves as Ameren’s business development contact for a twenty-two county region in central, western and southwestern Illinois. Responsibilities include project management and community relations. In addition, she partners with communities, regional and state partners to attract, expand, and create new economic growth and sustainability throughout Ameren’s service area. She also serves as the marketing coordinator for the Economic Development Team.
Cheri began her utility career with Central Illinois Public Service Company (CIPS), now Ameren Illinois, in 1989. After serving in various support positions within both the Industrial Services and the Customer Expansion & Retention Departments, Cheri assumed the role of marketing coordinator of the Marketing Programs Department in 1996 and joined the Ameren Economic Development Department in 1998.
Cheri is a graduate of both Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, having earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.
In addition, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute in April 1999 and became a Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI)-certified BR&E Consultant in 2003. Cheri is a past Chairman of the Illinois Development Council.