November 19, 2014

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This issue of Good Newslink highlights growth around our multimodal infrastructure, a new brand for the region,, and multiple project announcements.  Southwestern Illinois is blessed with abundant resources and we give thanks for these as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families.


Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Two Development Agencies Team on Multimodal Campaign

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and St. Louis Regional Chamber are pursuing a collaborative initiative to create a new brand identity for the region as a growing, multimodal hub.

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Report spotlights economic development projects

(Advantage News, 11/3/2014)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced the release of the 2013 Market Review and Investment Update, revealing significant continuing investment activity in Southwestern Illinois during the most recent calendar year and continuing into 2014.

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New I-64 Interchange will serve Scott, MidAmerica

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)

A new interstate interchange that will provide more direct access to Scott Air Force Base and MidAmerica Airport is under way and should be completed by May 2017.

Port District Eyes Faster Freight Movement with new SouthHarbor

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
America's Central Port will substantially increase its role as a national hub for freight movement when its South Harbor project is completed, officials say

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McKendree Rec Complex Proposed for O'Fallon, Ill.
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 11/6/2014)
A privately-owned rec center with two NHL-sized hockey rings, pools, fitness area and other amenities is being planned for a 45-acre tract in O'Fallon, Illinois.

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Quinn helps kick off $23.5 million SIUE Science Building Renovation

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday kicked-off construction on a $23.5 million project to renovate a building that will complete the new Science Center at Southern Illinois University sEdwardsville.

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Touchette Regional Hospital Undergoing Two Major Renovations

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)

For more than 100 years, Touchette Regional Hospital has delivered high-quality care to Metro Eat residents. 

Anderson Hospital Expanding its Cardiac Catheterization Lab

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014) 

Anderson Hospital is working on a 5,400-square-foot expansion of its cardiac catheterization lab facilities. A ribbon cutting is anticipated in spring 2015.

Busy Time,  Now and in Near Future, for the Memorial Network
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
The Memorial network brings together Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Memorial Medical Group, and, coming soon, Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh. 

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Gateway Regional Medical Center to open urgent care in Glen Carbon

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
Gateway Regional Medical Center is opening its new Gateway Urgent Care at 4273 S State Route 159 in Glen Carbon this month. 

Urgent care center opens in Glen Carbon
(News Democrat, 11/17/2014)
A new medical center in Glen Carbon gives patients a convenient option for basic health issues and an alternative to the emergency room.

Real Estate Trust Buys Warehouse in Sauget for $21.1 million
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
Chambers Street Properties, a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring, owning and operating net leased industrial and office properties, today announced the acquisition of an approximately 502,000-square-foot, Class A distribution warehouse in Sauget for $21.1 million.

Real Estate Developer sees Future Expansion in Metro-East
(News Democrat, 11/17/2014) 
Former metro-east attorney turned commercial real estate firm owner Kurt Lord has expanded his St. Louis company by affiliating with Sperry Van Ness International.

IDOT plans meeting on Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a public information meeting regarding the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study, which has been looking at transportation alternatives.

Impact Completes Construction of Home Goods Store in Fairview Heights, Ill.
(Heartland Real Estate Business, 11/7/2014)
IMPACT Strategies has completed construction of a HomeGoods store in Fairview Heights.

Bank of Belleville Breaks Ground on New Banking Headquarters
(Riverbender, 10/31/2014)
Bank of Belleville, together with Hurford Architects and Plocher Construction, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for its future new banking headquarters at 215 N. Illinois Street in downtown Belleville.

Scott Credit Union passes $1 billion in assets
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
Scott Credit Union has eclipsed $1 billion in assets.
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In Other News

Q&A with Dr. Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood University-Belleville 

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State study: SWIC one of the best college bargains in Illinois

(Belleville News Democrat, 11/13/2014)
Southwestern Illinois College leaders say a state report shows the school is one of the best bargains among Illinois community colleges.

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Illinois agencies among recipients of St. Louis Regional Business Council grants

(Illinois Business Journal, 11/2014)
The St. Louis Regional Business Council is giving $110,000 in grants to 30 organizations throughout the metropolitan region, it announced today.

SWIC Ranks High for Service to Veterans
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/13/2014)
Southwestern Illinois College has been ranked ninth in the nation by Military Times magazine in their annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 2-year schools poll.

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Scheffel Boyle joins Gigabit Challenge

(Advantage News, 11/11/2014)
Scheffel Boyle is one of several local businesses joining together for the Gigabit Challenge in Highland.

Scheffel Boyle named Winning Workplace
(Advantage News, 11/4/2014)
Scheffel Boyle has been recognized by St. Louis Small Business Monthly as a "Winning Workplace" for the publication's November 2014 issue.

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Billion-Dollar Fertilizer Plant to Locate in Illinois

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday was joined by company officials to announce that Cronus Fertilizers, a much-anticipated $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, will be built in Tuscola.

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

St. Louis Regional Chamber  

America's Central Port Logo

Anderson Hospital

Memorial Hospital


Lindenwood U


Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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