March 17, 2015

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With recent changes in our elected officials, the Leadership Council is hosting and enlightening them on Southwestern Illinois's excellent regional assets for growth; Scott Air Force Base, multi-modal logistics, our manufacturing base and many others. This edition of the Good NewsLink is packed with growth in all these aspects. Enjoy! 


Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti tours Scott, predicts area will get new home for spy agency

(News-Democrat, 03/12/15)
Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti predicted Thursday that a nearly 200-acre site next-door to Scott Air Force Base will become the new home for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and 3,000 workers employed there.
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West Star leads boom at St. Louis Regional

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

St. Louis Regional Airport soared to new highs in the past year and has no prospects for grounding in 2015.
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Reinvesting in the River

(St. Louis Business Journal, 03/6/2015)

In 2010, Abengoa Bionenergy placed a $250 million bet on the Mississippi River when it opened an ethanol and distiller grain production facility at America's Central Port in Madison County.

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Levee project debated

(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 03/14/15)

Improvements to the Metro East levee system are on track to be finished by the end of the year. 

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Construction under way on $2.4 million expansion to Centreville health center

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

A $2.4 million expansion and renovation project is now underway at the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Mother and Child Center in Centreville.

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Realty sales up in 2014

(Alton Telegraph, 03/07/2015)

Reports of the real estate market's death are an exaggeration.

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Edwardsville leads region's construction boom in 2014

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

The year 2014 was a strong one for construction, according to the Southern Illinois Builders Association, a trade association representing more than 500 contractors and affiliated businesses in Southern Illinois. 

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Contegra Construction completing work on Roxana water treatment plant

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 02/13/15)
Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is targeting a fall 2015 completion for the renovation and expansion of the water treatment plant that serves Roxana. 

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Improvements planned at two District 7 schools

(Edwardsville Intelligencer 03/11/2015)

During its general meeting Monday night, the Edwardsville District 7 Board of Education approved facilities improvement bids for Lincoln Middle and Nelson Schools as well as approved legal intervention of property tax assessment reductions requested by three businesses within the District 7 area.

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Holland Construction Services Building New Catholic High School in Glen Carbon

(St. Louis Construction News and Review, 03/05/2015)

Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently began construction on the new Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Ameren Illinois Making Progress on Initiatives to Strengthen Region's Energy Delivery Network

(St. Louis Construction News and Review, 03/05/2015)

As part of a multi-year plan to build a next generation energy delivery system and create jobs in central and southern Illinois, Ameren Illinois announced it is investing approximately $3.7 million to improve electric service for residential and small business customers in and around Monroe County.

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Slots at Fairmount? State lawmaker will try again for gaming expansion

(Belleville News Democrat, 02/24/2015)

An Illinois lawmaker is taking another run at gambling-expansion legislation that could bring slot machines to the Fairmount Park horse-racing track.
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Council approves 3 Alton hub plans 
(Alton Telegraph, 03/12/15
Three sets of plans for the Alton Multi-Modal Regional Transportation Center project won unanimous aldermanic approval Wednesday night.
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Business Bulletin Board

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 02/27/2015)

Swansea-based Holland Construction Services Inc. began renovations and a new addition at the May Apartments in Edwardsville.

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Meat Company Coming to Alton

(WBGZ Radio, 03/11/15)

A long-time fixture of the business community in Jerseyville is expanding, with the announcement of a new store to be located in Alton. 

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Credit union expands to Granite City

(Advantage News  03/14/15)
1st MidAmerica Credit Union completed a merger with School District No. 9 Credit Union in Granite City on March 2, expanding its footprint to 10 locations.

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Grafton Tourism in Focus

(WBGZ Radio, 02/27/2015)

The leader of the Jersey County Business Association says Grafton will likely see the benefits of a tourist economy for years to come.  

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Liberal Arts Building at SWIC in Belleville is certified as LEED Gold
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03/13/15)
The Liberal Arts Building on the Belleville campus of Southwestern Illinois College has been certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.  
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Illinois is tops for LEED development

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 02/04/2015)

Illinois again won the top nod from the U.S. Green Building Council, which for the second year in a row said the state led the country in energy efficient development.

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In Other News 

Ameren Illinois president recognized as top leader

(Alton Telegraph 02/28/2015)

Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois, was recently named as one of the nation's top business leaders by the publication "African-American Career World."

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New president takes the helm of Bank of Edwardsville

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

Kevin Powers has begun his duties as the 13th president and chief executive officer of The Bank of Edwardsville.

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Metro-East Nursing Homes get Top Rating

(Belleville News Democrat, 03/09/2015)

Eight metro-east nursing homes are among the top-ranked in the country.
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Nursing school ranked among nation's best

(Advantage News 03/11/2015)

The SIUE School of Nursing is ranked among the top nursing schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

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Enrollment at Lindenwood University Belleville continues to climb

(Belleville News Democrat 03/09/2015)

Lindenwood Belleville is again enjoying brisk growth thanks, in large part, to the opening of its new Collinsville center.

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Granite City CEO Program Strives for Success

(Advantage News, 03/12/2015)

On Feb. 24, 12 Granite City High School seniors went on a field trip.

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Godfrey Brand Revealed

(WBGZ Radio, 03/10/2015)

"Godfrey - You can see your future from here."  That is the new brand and tagline for Godfrey's new branding effort at Lewis & Clark Community College

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Q&A with Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

IBJ: You've been here almost three years now. What's been the biggest challenge for you?    
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Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Gregg Butler, Broker Associate, BARBERMurphy Group

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/15)
Gregg Butler has been a licensed commercial broker for six years and recently joined BARBERMurphy Group when the company merged with Johnson Properties, Inc.  

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Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real David Wittenauer, Vice President, NAI DESCO

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/157/2015)
The local NAI DESCO team of 24 brokers and eight support staff combine their connections, resources, and knowledge of the Metro East market to offer a wide range of opportunities and exposure for clients. Often, Missouri businesses expand into Illinois and the company's network of St. Louis brokers can help facilitate that process smoothly.
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Guest view: Collaboration is Key to Tackling Region's Toughest Issues

(Belleville News Democrat, 02/07/2015)

Without question, the latter part of 2014 proved to be a challenging time for the St. Louis region as events in and related to Ferguson unfolded.

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Edwardsville launches campaign to fund splash park, teen center, sports park

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

A Spray & Play Park, an ice rink/teen center and a multi-use sports park are the centerpieces of a $12 million, multipronged, fund-raising effort launched today.

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Lewis and Clark sets annual Job Fair on April 8

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

Lewis and Clark Community College will play host to its annual Job Fair this spring, hoping to match community residents with employers from throughout the metro area.

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue  

Madison County IL

America's Central Port Logo


Holland Logo

Ameren IL Logo

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

Ittner Logo

Memorial Hospital



Lewis & Clark Logo


St. Clair County Seal

BARBERMurphy Group

St. Louis Regional Chamber

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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