May 19, 2017

Ronda Sauget

The year 2017 seems to be flying by, the construction of the new mixed-use development in Edwardsville is one of the many exciting projects taking place this summer. This featured story explains in greater detail Pin Oak plaza on a 95-acre piece of land at the southwest corner of Interstate 55 and Highway 143 interchange in Edwardsville. The mixed-use commercial frontage plaza will include a hotel, one or more restaurants and other related amenities. 

With the month of June quickly approaching, we are excited about the Scott Air Force Base Air Show and Open House open to the public on the 10 th and 11 th of June. The air show will include The United States Air Force Thunderbirds as Scott AFB celebrates their 100 th year of existence. We hope you can make it!  

Again this edition includes many Leadership Council members highlighted in the stories below, and we encourage you all to read about the wonderful things going on throughout Southwestern Illinois!

Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Commercial development to launch in Edwardsville
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
Pin Oak Plaza, a 95-acre, mixed-use development at the southwest corner of the Interstate 55 and Highway 143 interchange in Edwardsville will soon be getting underway, according to Sean Gooding, president of Pangea Development Co.  (Read More)

Free Airshow and Open House at Scott Air Force Base June 10-11
(, 5/17/17)
For 100 years, countless  brave service men and women have passed through  our gates and have called the Greater Scott community home. Local
communities have helped us grow from a pilot training base during World War  I to the Nation's premier transportation and cyber hub today.  On June  10-11, we're opening our gates in celebration of our 100-year partnership  with you. (Read More)

Belleville West, Highland high schools among top 100 in Illinois
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/28/17)
Two of U.S. News and World Report's top 100 high schools in Illinois are located in the metro-east.  (Read More)

Q&A with Chuck Etwert, chief supervisor of construction and the works, the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/7/17)
A lot of work has gone into improving the Metro East levees. The trigger was the Federal Emergency Management Agency's threat to decertify all the levees. That was almost 10 years ago.  (Read More)

Phillips 66 donates $25,000 to aid in flood relief efforts
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/10/17)
Phillips 66 has made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Chapter to help with flood relief efforts in the area communities that neighbor the Wood River Refinery and the company's terminal and lubricants assets in the region.  (Read More)
Top BNSF executive highlights region at freight conference
(Alton Telegraph, 5/13/17)
Transportation experts from around the metropolitan region, including several Metro East representatives, gathered in Downto wn St. Louis recently to gain insight from a top BNSF Railway executive.  (Read More)
Connecting bike trails a possibility
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 5/1/17)
A trail connection from the MCT Watershed Trail to the Watershed Nature Center is in the works.  (Read More)

Safety on track with new high-speed rail
(Advantage News, 4/30/17)
When construction is complete on the St. Louis-to-Chicago high-speed rail project, faster passenger trains will shave as much as an hour from the current 5 1/2-hour journey.  (Read More)

Entrepreneur learner's permit program passes Illinois Senate 
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/2/17)
A bipartisan measure to help first-time business owners in Illinois has been approved by the Illinois Senate.  (Read More)

A new Walmart is planned for west Belleville
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/2/17)
A Walmart Supercenter is being planned for the intersection of South 74th Street and Illinois 15 in Belleville, city officials said Tuesday.  (Read More)

SIUE School of Nursing partners with BJC HealthCare
(Riverbender, 5/2/17)
Thanks to a new partnership with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SIUE SON), BJC HealthCare nurses can obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing in as little as one year form the comfort of their own homes and on a schedule that fits their lives.  (Read More)

O'Fallon hotel changes name; new ice cream location planned in Belleville 
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/7/17)
The Days Inn in O'Fallon is under new management and has a new name.  (Read More)
Funeral director here launching national cremation franchise
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A unique franchise concept aimed at building discount cremation services across the United States is being launched in Southern Illinois.  (Read More)
Interstate 255 scheduled for pavement repairs through mid-summer
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/11/17)
A long stretch of Interstate 255 in Metro East will undergo pavement overhaul, the Illinois Department of Transportation says.  (Read More)

Indoor trampoline park opens in the metro-east
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/14/17)
Sky Zone in Fairview Heights was scheduled to open its 40,000-square-foot facility Saturday, May 13 in Fairview Heights.  (Read More)
The new St. Clair County Event Center is open
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/14/17)
When Adam Jokisch was growing up, he had fun going to auctions with his family.  (Read More)
Gateway Motorsports Park announces first St. Louis Speed Festival
(, 5/10/17)
Gateway Motorsports Park owner Curtis Francois and Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe today formally announced the inaugural St. Louis Speed Festival, which will start on August 19, will kick off the inaugural INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on August 26 at the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois.  (Read More)
Mid America Army Ball
2017 Mid America Army Birthday Ball will be Saturday, June 17th, 2017 in downtown St. Louis at the Marriott Grand Hotel. Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner starts at 7 p.m.  ( Read More)
Summer@IMSA 2017: Integrated Science Program
Interested in taking your STEM knowledge to the next level? Curious about what it's like to be an IMSA student? Apply today for IMSA's summer Integrated Science Program for an inside view!  (Read More)   (Read More)
Couple's son spurs first Illinois gym for special needs children
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A local family's love for their autistic son is behind the upcoming launch of Illinois' first gym dedicated to children with special needs.  (Read More)

Amazon hiring 2,000 employees in Illinois
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/15/17)
In the next year, internet retailer Amazon plans to hire 2,000 people in Illinois.  (Read More)

New Alton Dollar General to host grand opening May 13
(Advantage News, 5/5/17)
The grand opening of Dollar General's new store at 2901 Homer Adams Parkway is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13.  (Read More)

Letters from our community leaders:
Ameren Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Richard Mark, Chairman & President.  (Read More)

America's Central Port

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Dr. Charles King, Jr., Board Chairman.  (Read More)

Associated Bank

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Phil Hickman, President.  (Read More)

Commerce Bank

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Matt Gomric, President of the Metro East Region.  (Read More)

Diel & Forguson, LLC

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Kenneth R. Diel (CPA/CVA), Managing Member.  (Read More)

St. Louis Regional Airport

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from David C. Miller, Director of Aviation.  (Read More)
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Russell K. Scott, Officer.  (Read More)

Holland Construction Services
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Mike Marchal, President.  (Read More)

Illinois American Water
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Bruce Hauk, President.  (Read More)

Lindenwood University-Belleville
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Justin Edgren and Derek Dadian-Smith, Assistant Professors of Communication.  (Read More)

EWR Architects, Inc.
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Bill Reichert, Principal.  (Read More)

Mathis, Marifan & Richter, Ltd.
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Patrick B. Mathis, Founding Shareholder and President.  (Read More)

Poettker Construction Company
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Keith C. Poettker, President.  (Read More)

TheBANK of Edwardsville
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Kevin Powers, President & CEO.  (Read More)

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital 
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Peg Sebastian, President & CEO.  (Read More)

St. Louis Downtown Airport
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Erick A. Dahl, Airport Director.  (Read More)

Scheffel Boyle
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Dennis Ulrich (CPA), Managing Principal.  (Read More)
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/8/17)
A letter from Phil Landing, Shareholder/Edwardsville Office Managing Partner.  (Read More)

In Other News:
Olin Brass named 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year by EPA
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/12/17)
EAST ALTON - Global Brass and Copper Holdings Inc. says its subsidiary, Olin Brass, has been named a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year - Energy Management Award winner for its outstanding efforts to improve the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings and facilities. (Read More)

Art on the Square returning to Belleville
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/12/17)
Art on the Square, a nationally acclaimed show, returns to Belleville on May 19-21.  (Read More)
Business' Paint the Park events to continue in June, July
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/15/17)
Planned improvements to Alton's Gordon Moore Park will be financed in part with a local business' "Paint the Park" events.  (Read More)
Metro East apartments sold for $4.6 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/11/17)
Gateway Multifamily Group, a local real estate firm that is targeting acquisitions in St. Louis and the Metro East, has bought a Bellville apartment complex for $4.6 million.  (Read More)

Expanded, renovated Alton Aldi reopens Monday; grand re-opening on May 5
(Alton Telegraph, 4/27/17)
The newly expanded and remodeled Alton Aldi store will quietly reopen Monday, with its grand reopening fanfare scheduled for Friday morning, May 5.  (Read More)
ECF program to benefit non-profits
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 5/10/17)
The Edwardsville Community Foundation (ECF) just launched a new six-week Community Sharing Program designed to raise community awareness and donations for three local nonprofits and the special projects they are working to complete.  (Read More)

Carrollton Bank donates textbooks, laptops to SIUE East St. Louis Center
(Riverbender, 4/24/17)
Carrollton Bank has donated textbooks and laptops to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (ESLC) to support finance education. The gift will enhance the curriculum at the ESLC Charter High School.  (Read More)

The Graying of a Fleet: 'Tired Iron' Needs Total Force Boost
(, 5/16/17)
About every three minutes, airmen from the Air Force's Mobility Command launch a sortie to fly ammunition, fuel or troops somewhere around the globe. ( Read More)

RiverWorks Discovery to Host Career Fair for the Inland Waterways
(, 5/10/17)
St. Louis, Missouri -  A partnership between RiverWorks Discovery and the Inland Marine Expo will provide employers in the river sector, along with prospective employees, with a unique opportunity to network with each other on May 24th. (Read More)

(Advantage News, 4/28/17)
The outlook is a bit brighter at night for an Alton area animal shelter, thanks to a donation from Ameren Illinois.  (Read More)
SIUE selected as Peace Corps site
(Riverbender, 4/25/17)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.  (Read More)
Illinois American Water awards $20,000 in grants
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/2/17)
Illinois American Water says seven watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company's 2017 Environmental Grant Program.  (Read More)
SIU board approves Edwardsville loan to Carbondale campus
(Belleville News Democrat, 5/10/17)
Trustees for Southern Illinois University unanimously approved a loan up to $35 million from the Edwardsville school to its sister campus in Carbondale, but with some of the restrictions requested from SIUE faculty.  (Read More)
Region improves on air quality rankings
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 5/2/17)
With summer air quality forecasting getting underway May 1, data from the American Lung Association's 2017 "State of the Air" report, released on April 19, has revealed that St. Louis is no longer ranked among the top 25 most-polluted cities in the U.S.  (Read More)
R.P. Lumber's Jason Plummer receives Young Retailers of the Year honor
(, 5/12/17)
Jason Plummer, vice president of R.P. Lumber, was recently named one of the hardware industry's 2017 Young Retailers of the Year award recipients by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).  (Read More)
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' 28
th Annual Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Country Club raises $27,500
Glen Carbon, Illinois - Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) held its 28th Annual Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Country Club on May 15. This year's Golf Classic raised $27,500.
 (Read More)
A BUSY MOM: Laura Reed loves her role as mother, wife, business entrepreneur
(, 5/14/17)
Laura Reed is a highly successful business woman, but she is equally as successful as a wife and mother.  (Read More)

Leadership Council
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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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