April 27, 2015

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Exciting news in this edition includes the region's second win in three years of the prestigious Abilene Award, recognizing the support for the military at Scott Air Force Base. The announcements of a second speculative faculty at Gateway Commerce Center validates the region's focus on multi-modal logistics. And, in the health care sector there is news of expansions and awards for the region's providers. Enjoy this edition and the week ahead in beautiful Southwestern Illinois.


Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Industrial rebound: Gateway leased, TriStar eyes $60 million spec

(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/10/2015)
With Saddle Creek Corp., a third-party logistics company from Florida, set to lease nearly 700,000 square feet of industrial space in the 673 building at Gateway Commerce Center later this year, TriStar Properties, the developer of the industrial park, expects to start construction on a new speculative facility in May.
(Read More)


Award highlights area's support for Air Force base 
(Advantage News, 4/21/2015)

The coveted Abilene Trophy is returning to Southwestern Illinois for a second time in three years in recognition of the extensive support demonstrated during 2014 for Scott Air Force Base's military members and their families.

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One year later: New bridge eases traffic, prompts development
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/08/2015)
The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opened for traffic in February 2014 with the goal of easing traffic congestion for drivers traveling across the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois.
(Read More)


USDA offers $28 million in business grants
(Advantage News, 4/22/2015)
USDA has announced that more than $28 million in grants will be available to support rural businesses and create jobs through the Rural Business Development Grant program.
(Read More)


St. Elizabeth's move to O'Fallon; Belleville eyes legal appeal

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/21/2015)
State OKs State regulators gave their approval Tuesday for St. Elizabeth's Hospital to move from Belleville to O'Fallon.
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Alton Memorial Cuts the Ribbon on Expanded Women's Health and Childbirth Center

(Riverbender.com, 4/17/2015)
Alton Memorial Hospital celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house showing off its renovated and expanded Women's Health and Childbirth Center on April 16.
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SIU OKs plan for fire station on Edwardsville campus
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/20/2015)
The Southern Illinois University board of trustees recently approved four contracts to complete repairs and renovations on the Edwardsville campus as well as a plan by the City of Edwardsville to build a fire station on the SIUE grounds.
(Read More)


Godfrey Development to Restart

(WBGZ, 4/23/2015)
Development of Godfrey's Rivers Edge neighborhood is about to restart after years of inactivity.

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O'Fallon, Ill., council approves project that will get tax support
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/2015)
The O'Fallon City Council voted Monday to approve the Four Points Center, a development that will be at the northwest corner of Highway 50 and Scot-Troy Road.
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Committee moves property acquisition forward
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/21/2015)
With the city of Edwardsville in the middle of a campaign to introduce new park facilities, the Finance Committee has forwarded two resolutions in order to secure property for the parks.
(Read More)


Committee forwards parking study
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/17/2015)
Downtown Edwardsville has recently received a great deal of attention with the streetscape project the renovation of the Wildey and the addition of many new restaurants.
(Read More)


Demo Makes Way for New Building
(WBGZ, 4/22/2015)
Demolition work is underway on the former Riviera Maya restaurant in Alton.   The location sits directly in front of the Home Depot on the Homer Adams Parkway and for many years was a Ponderosa Restaurant.
(Read More) 


Holland Construction is building a new school in Wayne City, Ill.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/17/2015)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4/17/2015 - Swansea-based Holland Construction Services Inc. is building a new $6.9 million K-12 public school in Wayne City, Ill.
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'Get to know m.e.' theme of new Metro East campaign
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/22/2015)
A group of area businesses and organizations have joined together to launch a regional image campaign to help celebrate the many reasons people love living and working in the Metro East.
(Read More)


County Board will meet in Cahokia, repeal blackbird law to mark 225 years

(News-Democrat, 4/26/2015)

To attend, the St. Clair County Board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Cahokia Courthouse Historic Site, 107 Elm St.

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Retention attention
(Advantage News, 4/26/2015)
By incorporating a specific business retention plan, Alton is striving to not only bring new business to Alton, but keep it here so everyone - business owners, local consumers and the city - wins.
(Read More)


LCCC and Webster University Team Up

(Riverbender, 4/14/2015)
As nursing students complete their studies, not all are sure what degree to get. Lewis and Clark Community College and Webster University are putting their heads together to raise the percentage of nurses with bachelor's degrees to 80% by the year 2020.
(Read More)


OSF St. Anthony's Honored
(WBGZ Radio, 4/18/2015)
OSF St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton has been recognized as one of the top emergency care hospitals in the nation.
(Read More)


Legislation would create business portal

(Advantage News, 4/25/2015)
To help entrepreneurs start job-creating businesses, State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) is sponsoring a measure that would have the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity create a source for information that new businesses need to begin operating.
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Electric, gas savings cast Granite as a 'Most Progressive City'
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/15/2015)
Ameren Illinois says Granite City is one of six Illinois
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Local hospitals earn high marks in new Medicare ratings
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/17/2015)
In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the federal government has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patients' appraisals.
(Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue  

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

Memorial Hospital

Holland Logo

Ameren IL Logo   
Anderson Hospital

McKendree Logo



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Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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