July 13, 2015

Southwestern Illinois saw two exciting developments already this month. First, the St. Louis Business Journal editorial "Go East" provides regional support for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) relocation to St. Clair County. Second, great news for Madison County as ground is broken for another $30 million warehouse facility, the first expansion on the east side of I-255.

Southwestern Illinois is positioning for growth ahead as the budget discussion in Springfield and the weather heats up.
Enjoy this edition and have a great week.  


Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Gateway Commerce Center breaks ground for expansion building

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/8/2015)
The Gateway Commerce Center is now expanding onto the east side of the interstate, with another $30 million warehouse under construction.

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Editorial: Go East

(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/10/2015)
As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency narrows its site selection for a new headquarters in the metropolitan area, our region once again finds itself immersed in internecine warfare.
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Bill Supports Steel Industry
(WBGZ, 6/29/2015)
About 2,000 employees at the Granite City Works location of U.S. Steel avoided the unemployment line last month, after the parent company changed its mind about temporarily shuttering the facility. 

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Ameren Illinois invests $50,000 in the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2015)
Ameren Illinois has invested $50,000 in support of Lewis and Clark Community College's latest initiative to restore the historic Lincoln School and establish the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.
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SIUE salutes GeoGraph as business success story

(Alton Telegraph, 6/28/15)
Earl McDowell, Jr.'s company, GeoGraph LLC, is one of only two minority owned businesses within its market niche in Illinois. That niche is developing customized geographic profiles via a geographic information system (GIS).
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Metro East levee district is getting a jump on upgrades

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/10/15)
Months away from finishing projects meant to bring Metro East's river protection system back into minimum federal flood-prevention rules, levee officials don't plan to miss a beat.
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Ameren Illinois Upgrading Substations in East St. Louis-Area to Strengthen Energy Delivery Network

(St. Louis CNR, 7/9/15)
Distribution improvements slated to boost service reliability

Ameren Illinois continues to make energy infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its energy delivery systems for residential and business customers throughout southern Illinois.
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Path clear for development

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/11/15)
At a previous Edwardsville City Council meeting, the @Cloverdale planned unit development was approved.

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Leadership Council implementing new growth strategies
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)

It appears that the Leadership Council has undergone a transformation over the last three years. Membership, the number of committees and the activity of the committees are all up. What's triggered the change?
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SIBA Hosts Event Featuring Former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello

(St. Louis CNR, 7/10/15)
A kickoff event for the Southern Illinois Builders Association Leadership Development Council was recently held. Former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello was the keynote speaker and applauded the efforts of SIBA stating that developments in infrastructure and building are driven by the construction industry, and that organizations like SIBA allow members of all sizes and experience levels to stand even stronger together than they would individually.
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Memorial earns recognition from gastrointestinal medical society: From Illinois Business Journal news services

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
Memorial Hospital has been granted a three-year renewal recognition for quality and safety from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a gastrointestinal medical society.

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College is a Green Champion

(WBGZ, 7/10/15)
Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey continues to go greener, and a recent award seems to bear that out.

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Southern Illinois Builders Association begins Leadership Development Council

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/12/15)
Southern Illinois Builders Association has launched a Leadership Development Council to support long-term growth among association members and their employees.

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Leadership Council members associated
with projects
 in this issue 

Madison County IL











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Riverbend Growth Association



 Memorial Hospital  









Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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