August 30, 2016

Ronda Sauget
This edition of the GoodNews Link features estimated $50M economic boost of Version IndyCar Racing Series  starting in October 2017 and continuing with a multi-year agreement thereafter. Certainly, this is welcome  news to the surrounding Metro East communities with visitors traveling to our region for these events.
 
Additionally, we want to congratulate Ameren Illinois for being ranked No. 1 among Midwest large utilities  for establishing business brand trust among its business customers according to Cogent Reports Study  released by Market Strategies International, an international market research firm. Well done for being named  number 1!
 
Also, this edition highlights multiple articles discussing the upward trends in construction throughout the
regional area, including the ribbon-cutting of the new DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) $100 million dollar  new Global Operations Command at Scott Air Force Base.  The 164,000 sq ft DISA Global Complex houses premier cyber-protection  division built to executive global mission support and emergency response coordination. The building is a Gold Leeds  Certified for energy efficiency, earthquake proof and capable of withstanding an F-3 tornado.
 
According to Army Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, DISA Global director, said, "This state of the art facility is a reflection of our commitment to our employees, our mission  and the cyber defense of our mission. This building, our global operations center, will be the lynchpin to building and defending  DoD networks." Lynn also thanked the former DISA directors for their planning and vision over the past 10 years, which he  said "made this project a reality. From it we build, secure and defend the Department of Defense information networks, one of the  largest, most complex networks in the world." These networks support a range of military operations, from supporting forward deployed  warfighters, to strategic missions such as nuclear command and control. "DISA Global's contributions to the cyber fight are unequaled," he added.  "The men and women of DISA Global are crucial to ensuring our nation's warfighters have effective IT support and communications  networks that are available, trusted and operational at all times. Our nation can rest easy knowing that DISA Global is at  work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." By Staff Sgt. Clayton Lenhardt, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published August 17, 2016/ Scott Air Force Base Web Site Post
 
Great to see this level of continued economic activity and expansion in SWIL!  Please read on for more wonderful articles. 

 
Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

  
 
IndyCar stays true to its Midwestern roots with 2017 schedule addition
(USA Today, 8/25/16) 

Brazil didn't happen. Boston didn't stand a chance. New Orleans seemed like such a good idea. Watkins Glen, N.Y., seems like it'll work. It better, as the Verizon IndyCar Series plans to race at the storied venue for at least three years.
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A thirst for knowledge: Nation's first Swarovski 'waterschool' will start up in 2017
(The Telegraph, 8/23/2016) 

A global education program aimed at teaching kids about the Mississippi River and water preservation will start up after an initial six-month planning phase ends in December, coordinators say.
(Read More)

Ameren Illinois ranked No. 1 among Midwest large utilities for establishing business trust
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/18/2016) 
Ameren Illinois is the top energy company in the Midwest for establishing brand trust among its business customers, according to a Cogent Reports study released by Market Strategies International, an international market research firm.
(Read More)

Tourism revenues climb for Meeting of the Great Rivers area
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/16/2016) 

The tourism industry continued to grow at a steady pace last year throughout Madison, Jersey and Calhoun counties, matching growth across the State of Illinois, according to early reports from the Illinois Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism.
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Bost announces grant for Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport in St. Clair County
(llinois Business Journal, 8/26/16)
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, has announced a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration of more than $1.6 million for infrastructure improvements at the Scott Air Force Base/MidAmerica Airport facility.
(Read More)

Metro East Start-Up Challenge offers $20,000 in prizes
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/27/16) 
Entrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in the 2016 Metro East Start-Up Challenge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's third annual regional business plan competition.

Metro East hospital to build new outpatient surgery wing
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/29/16)

St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese is adding a new outpatient surgery wing.
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Illinois, is set to launch construction on a new outpatient surgery wing.
(Read More)

Scott Air Force Base gets a little more secure
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/2016) 
There may not be an iron-clad guarantee, but there is more inertia when the military drops so much silver in one spot.
(Read More)

Crushed Red signs franchise deal to add 20 restaurants
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/18/2016) 

Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop, a Clayton-based fast casual salad and pizza chain, has signed a franchise development agreement for 20 new restaurants in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas.
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MidAmerica Airport road upgrades to be considered
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/29/16) 
The St. Clair County Board on Monday is scheduled to vote on proposed roadway improvements at MidAmerica Airport.
(Read More)

Anderson Hospital, Mercy to launch joint cancer care in Maryville
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/26/16)

Patients in the Metro East will soon have convenient access to cancer care thanks to a new partnership between Anderson and Mercy (St. Louis).
(Read More)

Cancer treatment once available only in St. Louis comes to Swansea
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/29/16)
Two metro-east radiation oncologists are tailoring cancer treatments for their patients and offering radiation technology that was once available only at cancer treatment centers in St. Louis.
(Read More)

Cedarhurst living announces new senior living community 
(Riverbender.com, 8/17/2016) 

Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care announced today that it will break ground on its newest senior living community in Bethalto, Illinois this upcoming Fall.
(Read More)

Committee sends contract forward
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/17/2016) 
The Public Safety Committee recommended the approval of a contract enabling Impact Strategies, Inc. to construct the city's new public safety facility at last week's meeting.
(Read More)

Construction Continues Upward Trend in St. Louis
(St. Louis Construction News & Review, 8/25/2016) 

Both residential and nonresidential construction in metro St. Louis are registering double digit increases over a year ago
(Read More)

20 St. Louis companies make Inc. 5000 'Fastest Growing' list
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/18/2016) 
Twenty companies from the St. Louis metropolitan area appear on this year's  Inc. 5000 list , which recognizes the fastest growing private companies in America.
(Read More)

 
SSM Health to stage its first virtual career fair
(ST. LOUIS - SSM Health is planning its first virtual career fair)
Job seekers, regardless of where they're located, will be able to connect directly in real-time - and on their own time - with SSM Health recruiters and hiring leaders from across the organization's four-state system.

When will Frank Scott Parkway work end? Not soon
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/2016) 

Work is ongoing on a $6.57 million project along Frank Scott Parkway East as intersections are being widened at Old Collinsville Road, Hartman Lane and North Green Mount Road.
(Read More)

Business owners eye expansion in downtown Alton
(Alton Telegraph, 8/17/2016) 
Business owners and downtown enthusiasts gathered at the Jacoby Arts Center Tuesday night to discuss updates in the downtown area - and several business owners shared news of expansion.
(Read More)

Abengoa sells Madison ethanol plant as part of $237 million deal
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/23/2016) 
Green Plains Energy is buying three ethanol plants, including the one in Madison, Illinois, from  Abengoa Bioenergy for $237 million.
(Read More)

IN OTHER NEWS

County looks to take over roadways to get East St. Louis project going
(Belleville News Democrat, 8/24/16)
To help get the reconstruction of Front Street going, St. Clair County has plans to take jurisdiction of some additional roadway.
(Read More)

Region's second medical cannabis shop to open near baseball stadium
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/27/16)
The metro-east's second medical cannabis dispensary, The Green Solution, is set to open in mid-September.
(Read More)

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new public safety facility
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/27/16)
City officials, public safety employees from the Edwardsville Police and Fire Departments, their families, and contractors of the new development gathered at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Leon Corlew Park for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new combined public safety facility. 
(Read More)

'Sweet spot' river levels making life easier for barges
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/25/16) 
After a wet winter that caused flooding problems for many barge operators on the Mississippi River, water levels have evened out this summer, providing a smooth trip through the St. Louis region. 
(Read More)

Alton Marina celebrates 20 years
(The Alton Telegraph, 8/27/16)
It was all smiles Saturday on Alton's downtown riverfront as the marina celebrated 20 years of operation.
(Read More)

SWIC aviation partnership offers opportunities for new pilots
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/26/16) 
A new partnership between Southwestern Illinois College and Trans States Airlines will help put aviation students on a path to a career with the airline.
(Read More)

Mathis, Marifian and Richter awards scholarships to three Metro East students
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/26/16)
The law firm of Mathis, Marifian and Richter, Ltd. has announced the recipients of the firm's 2016 Law Scholarship Award.
(Read More)

EHS students top state ACT average
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/24/16)
The administration of Edwardsville District 7 Schools has recently been notified that the Edwardsville High School Class of 2016 earned the highest composite score - 23.2 - achieved by EHS seniors in the last 10 years.
(Read More)

STEM-focused internships amplify career aspirations of SIUE students
(Riverbender, 8/25/16)
The themes of the summer for 14 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students were continuous learning and educational outreach to youth across Illinois and Missouri on the topics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
(Read More)

Cyber competition expands to St. Louis region
(Riverbender, 8/24/16)
Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence (MWCCOE) is hosting a MWCCOE HackSpace Competition for high school and middle school students Saturday, Sept. 10 and 17.
(Read More)

Focus on Finance: Board unanimously passes resolution to place education fund tax rate increase
(Riverbender, 8/25/16)
At its Monday, August 22 meeting, the District 7 Board of Education took an important step toward ensuring future financial stability and maintaining academic excellence.
(Read More)

Midwest Members Credit Union "Tools for Schools" donates to 5 local schools
(Riverbender, 8/24/16)
Midwest Members Credit Union hosted a school supply drive for the months of July and August.  
(Read More)

Riverbend Growth: Local mayors talk economic development
(Riverbender, 8/25/16)
Two local mayors discussed economic issues and took questions from the community Wednesday afternoon at the I.B.E.W. Union Hall in Alton. 
(Read More)

Get to Know m.e. announces Metro East "Got Spirit" video contest
(Riverbender, 8/23/16)
The "Get to know m.e." campaign is inviting schools throughout the Metro-East to participate in its Metro-East "Got Spirit" Award Video Contest for a chance to win $5,000. 
(Read More)

Online offerings spark SIUE summer enrollment to seven-year high
(Riverbender, 8/22/16)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville reached its highest summer headcount since 2009 during the 2016 summer term. 
(Read More)

SSM Health to stage its first virtual career fair
(ST. LOUIS - SSM Health is planning its first virtual career fair)
Job seekers, regardless of where they're located, will be able to connect directly in real-time - and on their own time - with SSM Health recruiters and hiring leaders from across the organization's four-state system.
(Read More)

Learn how to successfully start a new business in Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/27/16) 
The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE, in partnership with the Greater Belleville Chamber, Southwestern Illinois College and Southwest Illinois Chapter of SCORE, will present a learning opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and future business owners.
(Read More)

Happy birthday, Godfrey!: Local village turns 25 this year
(Riverbender.com, 8/29/16)
Godfrey turns 25 this year, although many River Bend residents believe it is much older.
(Read More)

Dental school to provide free care for children
(Advantage News, 8/26/16)

Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine is urging parents of qualified children age 3 to 13 to bring their children to the 11th annual Give Kids A Smile Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 10, at the school's main clinic in Building 263, 2800 College Ave.
(Read More)

College to offer a professional development series designed for nonprofits
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/18/2016) 

Lewis and Clark Community College's Corporate and Community Learning division is offering a professional development series for nonprofit personnel this fall.

SIUE says students graduating with lower debt on average
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/16/2016) 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks 116th out of 1,300 colleges nationally for the lowest student loan debt per borrower according to LendEDU, the first organization to aggregate and analyze the data for the Class of 2015.

Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial Feature Nicolle and Danielle Patton: Golden Sisters
(Riverbender.com, 8/18/2016) 

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world through their Girl Scout Gold Award projects.

SIUE to compete in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge 
(Riverbender.com, 8/17/2016) 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of 90 universities nationwide, and the only in Illinois and Missouri, chosen to participate in the 2016 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. 

First day: Ss. Peter and Paul begins new year in old building 
(Riverbender.com, 8/17/2016) 
After spending half a year away, the students of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School are starting the 2016-17 school year at home.

Cutting the check  
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/17/2016) 

Representatives from Scott Credit Union presented a check recently for over $28,000 to Jay Korte, this year's Campaign Chair for the Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way of St. Louis.

Eighth 'Duck Pluckers' ambulance joins fleet at Alton Memorial
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/18/2016) 
Alton Memorial Hospital leaders and Duck Pluckers Ball committee members had the satisfaction of seeing an eighth "Duck Plucker ambulance" make its recent debut.

Lights, camera... optimism!
(Highland News Leaders, 8/17/2016) 
The Highland High School Technology Club recently won the Optimist International 2016 Reel of Optimism Video Contest award in the "Put Your Optimism On Display" category.
(Read More)

Works of East St. Louis Poet Laureate being collected at SIUE
(KTVI (FOX 2 News), 8/18/2016) 

Eugene Redmond was named poet laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, when the nation was celebrating its bicentennial.
(Read More)

Champion pig from Highland fetches $41K at State Fair
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/17/2016) 
A champion barrow pig shown by Lane Rinderer of Highland sold for $41,750 on Tuesday at the Illinois State Fair livestock auction.
(Read More)

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Contact Information

Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

618-692-9745

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