April 29, 2019


As the warmer spring temperatures continue rolling in this week, so does more good news from all over the region that we’re happy to share with you in this lengthy edition of Good NewsLink.

Big things are happening in Shiloh in terms of economic development with the campus of Memorial East Hospital booming and construction beginning on Siteman Cancer Center’s newest location. The $38 million facility is expected to open in 2020 and bring nearly 300 jobs to the Metro East. Progress also continues to be made on a new $27 million upscale apartment development at Hartman Lakes. While Phase I of the project was finished last November, the entire community is scheduled to be finished by July of 2019.

Construction is also underway on a $50 million mixed-use, urban lifestyle development that will combine the convenience of downtown with the feel of a neighborhood for Edwardsville and the surrounding communities. The Parkway will consist of six outlots, three residential buildings, single story retail buildings and a new Kloss Furniture store.

Holland Construction Services recently wrapped up work on the new $17 million Fairview Heights Recreational Complex dubbed The REC, featuring a full fitness center, gymnasium with an elevated walking track, two basketball courts, auditorium, one of a kind climbing wall system, aquatic center with a four-lane lap pool, splash pad, water slide, lazy river and more. The 30-acre site is the former location of Our Lady of Assumption and is scheduled to open on May 6.

This month, America’s Central Port celebrates 60 years of bringing jobs and direct investment to the region, serving as an asset for manufacturers across the food, fiber, and energy supply chains. In addition to transporting $1.1 billion in freight annually, the port area has played host to some key updates in the last few years, including the 2016 opening of the $50 million intermodal Madison Harbor, infrastructure improvements to increase the lifetime of various port facilities, and multiple rail expansion projects.

Continue reading on for more positive news of exciting developments occurring across all sectors in Southwestern Illinois and have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Ronda Sauget
Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director and CEO
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
104 Magnolia Drive, Ste B
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Congressman Mike Bost a member of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met with the Leadership Council Public Policy Committee on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. 
Nearly $1M bike trail to open in Metro East
(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/27/2019)
St. Clair County Transit will open the first phase of its Orchard Loop bike trail Saturday. The nearly $1 million first phase is a new segment of the MetroLink bike trail that runs through Eckert's Farms' Belleville, Illinois, location. The Orchard Loop is the result of eight years of planning between Eckert's Farms and St. Clair County Transit, officials said. (Read More)
Construction underway at The Parkway
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/1/2019)
EDWARDSVILLE — Construction commenced in June 2018 on The Parkway, a $50 million mixed-use development at Governors’ Parkway and Route 157. The 26-acre development on the site of the former Madison Mutual Insurance Company headquarters will consist of six outlots, three mixed-use residential buildings, single story retail buildings and a new Kloss Furniture store. (Read More)

Memorial East campus booming, new residential developments going up in Shiloh
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Big things are building in Shiloh. The campus of Memorial East Hospital is booming. Last year BJC HealthCare and Washington University Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, opened a new pediatric center there. This is the first Washington University Pediatrics multispecialty office outside of Missouri, giving Illinois residents direct access to the exceptional services provided by Children’s Hospital without having to travel to St. Louis to access them. (Read More)

America’s Central Port celebrates 60th
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Wanting to leverage a key access point on the Mississippi River and a central location for U.S. distribution, legislators passed a law on April 1, 1959, to form America’s Central Port, a special purpose unit of government that operates within its own means without collecting tax revenue. (Read More)

Communities get grants for environmental initiatives
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/2/2019)
Madison County is awarding more than $181,000 in grants to municipalities and township for environmental initiatives. Thirteen communities throughout the county will receive environmental grants totaling $181,893 to support conservational and sustainability projects. The Resource Management Program within Planning and Development administers the funding for the program. (Read More)

SWIDA, Bywater open Metro Landing, more projects in works
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
The success of a public-private residential project next to the MetroLink station in Swansea has communities inquiring about similar projects of their own. Southwestern Illinois Development Authority and Bywater Development Group joined with Bi-State Development representatives and others in March for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening of Metro Landing of Swansea, a $10.9 million project. (Read More)

Alton Square Mall, Wadlow Town Center and Downtown redevelopment all on city’s plate
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Work continues on the restructuring of the Alton Square Mall. The shopping center, which was originally developed in 1979, was acquired by Hull Property Group, a Georgia-based retail real estate company, in 2015. Hull specializes in renovating and revitalizing declining regional malls and began work on the Alton mall last year. (Read More)

Business district amendment opens up new acreage in Highland
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
The city of Highland recently amended its business district. There were two, business district A and B. Now those have been combined plus the overall district has been extended to the south to add about 13 acres of open land that Mallord Hubbard, the city’s economic and business recruitment coordinator, thinks is ripe for development.  (Read More)

Edwardsville’s first and oldest shopping center being revitalized with business district tax help
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
The Montclaire Shopping Center on Troy Road in Edwardsville is undergoing a $2.1 million renovation with the city’s assistance via the designation of a business district under Illinois state law. Developed in 1958, the shopping center was the city’s first such retail development, turning 60 years old last year. (Read More)

O’Fallon adding property tax abatement to enterprise zone to attract national tenants
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Major developments are imminent in O’Fallon’s Mid-America Enterprise Zone, and the city is moving as rapidly as possible to bring them to fruition. TriStar, a St. Louis real estate development company that created the Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, is working with the city of O’Fallon to attract light industrial/warehouse developments on the northwest corner of I-64 and Reider Road, just north of Scott AFB.  (Read More)

Holland Construction Services, Fairview Heights Recreation Complex
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Work is completed on the new $17 million Fairview Heights Recreational Complex dubbed The REC located at 10025 Bunkum Road. The 30-acre site is the former location of Our Lady of Assumption Church at Bunkum Road and Interstate 64 on the city’s west side. Opening day is May 6. (Read More)

Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing Inc., Belleville, Multiple Projects, Southern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
E.J. Roscow started off small, built a multi-million-dollar business, and gives his employees credit for the growth. “The success we have had is because of our employees — 100 percent. Our people are the best in the trade, from our foreman all the way to the office and warehouse staff,” the president and owner of Belleville-based Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing Inc. said. (Read More)
 In celebration of Read Across America Day, Clifford the Big Red Dog and local Union Pacific employees and community business members from the Leadership Council’s speakers bureau visited students at Bluffview Elementary School on March 1st to read the new Scholastic book, “Clifford and the Railroad Crossing.” In this highly anticipated book, Clifford learns about railroad crossing safety alongside his closest friend Emily Elizabeth and her teammates who are going to a softball game. In addition, students were given books, conductor hats, and whistles.
P locher Construction, New Dental Facility, Edwardsville
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
A new dental facility on Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville is one of the latest design/build projects for Plocher Construction of Highland. The facility will house new offices for two separate dental care practices: BauerHite Orthodontics and Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentists.  (Read More)

Poettker Construction, Ameren Illinois Corporate Office, Collinsville
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Poettker Construction Co., headquartered in Breese, Ill., has collaborated with Ameren Corp. on more than 80 projects since 2016 for the utility’s Buildings & Facility Management Group as well as Transmission, Distribution, and Gas Service Groups. Most recently, the company completed its first design/build project for Ameren Illinois, the new $19 million state-of-the-art corporate office in the Eastport area of Collinsville. (Read More)

Contegra Construction Co., Hartman Lakes Apartments, Shiloh
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
Work is progressing on a new $27 million upscale apartment development in Shiloh dubbed Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes. Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction is the builder. Hartman Lakes Apartments, located at 1301 Centerpoint Circle, includes nine, three-story garden apartment buildings situated on 17 acres.  (Read More)

Eastgate Plaza: Additional New Businesses, But Still Room for More 
(, 4/13/2019)
EAST ALTON – East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood said he cannot go far without hearing about the new developments at Eastgate Plaza. The once-thriving shopping is being redeveloped by property owner Todd Kennedy, who also manages Julia's Banquet Center. He said as much as $5.3 million has been invested into the property to bring it back to its brighter days.  (Read More)

Proposed solar farm projects in Edwardsville, Carlyle earn energy credits
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/11/2019)
Two solar power projects proposed in the metro-east were chosen by lottery to receive renewable energy credits to help fund their development. The Illinois Power Agency announced Wednesday the winners of its Adjustable Block Program lottery. The program was established by the Future Energy Jobs Act to support the development of solar technology and community solar projects in Illinois. (Read More)

Madison County to loan money for infrastructure and parks projects
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/11/2019)
Officials this week approved lending more than $1.1 million to three Madison County entities to improve and build infrastructure. The Grants Committee unanimously voted Monday on two federal Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) loan/bonds and one Park Enhancement Program (PEP) Grant loan.  (Read More)

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new cancer care center
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/12/2019)
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday to highlight the future site of a new cancer care center that will offer comprehensive cancer services to patients in the metro east region. The radiation oncology center is expected to open in early 2020.  (Read More)

Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce earns rare national recognition
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2019 Issue)
The local chamber of commerce is typically the host of countless ribbon cuttings, networking sessions, breakfast meetings and activities around which the business community likes to gather. But with some extra effort, chamber representatives can also become a symbol of professionalism and a bastion of excellence. (Read More)

Hospital's new patient care program allows techs to learn on the job
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/29/2019)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health-care occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Health-care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups but the costs of getting trained for clinical care positions may be higher than some can afford. (Read More)

Fairview Heights invites public to help shape city’s economic development strategy
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2019)
Fairview Heights residents and businesses are invited to attend a citywide informational meeting on the city’s economic development strategy. The event will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Fairview Heights Library Lower Level, 10017 Bunkum Road. (Read More)

SIUE trustees approve contracts for campus projects
(Advantage News, 3/29/2019)
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Friday approved contracts worth more than $4.7 million to provide infrastructure improvements for the Edwardsville campus at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Springfield campus. The board also gave project approval for improvements in the campus water system and for the Waste Water Treatment Plant. (Read More)
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