January 9, 2019

This issue of Good NewsLink is our first of the New Year and we're happy to report there's a continuing flow of positive news within our region. Recent good news highlights several major infrastructure developments and renovations, job creation efforts, healthcare expansions and more, all of which we are excited to share with our readers.
The St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District partnered to host a press conference last month to highlight the completion of more than $74M in construction to enhance the Metro East levee system and celebrate a $95.2M appropriation recently announced for the East St. Louis Deficiency Correction project. This appropriation, when combined with the local efforts, will complete all remaining underseepage corrections in the East St Louis Levee.
We would also like to extend our warm congratulations to Kathy Osborn, Executive Director of the Regional Business Council, who has been recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the 2018 Citizen of the Year!
Continue reading for more on these exciting stories and all the other good news occurring in the Metro East as we dive head first into 2019. Have a great week!
Dr. Ronda Sauget
Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
104 Magnolia Drive, Ste B
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
STEM Freeburg Elem 4th Graders
The Leadership Council, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and the 375 th Communications Group at Scott AFB partnered to teach all the 4 th grade classes at Freeburg Elementary a STEM lesson using snap-circuits. 
East St. Louis levee flood project wins $95.2 million appropriation
(Illinois Business Journal, 12/19/2018)
The St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District on Tuesday celebrated the announcement of $95.2 million in federal money being made available for flood prevention in East St. Louis. With the funds, the levee work will be completed in 2022, after years of efforts. (Read More)

IMPACT Strategies Breaks Ground On New Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Training Facility
(St. Louis Construction News and Review, 12/26/2018)
IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on the new Local 562 Plumbers & Pipefitters Training Facility that will serve generations to come as well as the current 4,500 members and 400 apprentices. Located in Earth City, MO, on a five-acre lot adjacent to their headquarters, this two-story, 79,000 square-foot facility will have energy efficient electrical and lighting systems, a water efficient plumbing system, and technologically advanced HVAC and dust collection systems.  (Read More)
$10.9 million in demolition, renovations planned for East St. Louis public housing
(Belleville News-Democrat, 12/7/2018)
New construction, renovations and demolition are among $10.9 million in planned work on public housing following a critical few years for East St. Louis Housing Authority. Ben Carson, head of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, visited the city in August 2017 to announce the return of responsibility to local control over the housing authority for the first time since the federal government took it over 1985. (Read More)

Kathy Osborn, head of Regional Business Council, named Citizen of the Year
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/30/2018)
A few days after Michael Brown was killed in August 2014, Tony Thompson got a call from Kathy Osborn.
“What can we do?” she wanted to know. Schools were closed. Businesses shut down. Violence filled the streets. How are young mothers caring for their children when they don’t have access to services?
Thompson picked up Osborn in his Tesla and they pulled into a Walgreens, filling a cart with baby wipes, diapers, food and other items. (Read More)

BJC, Memorial to open $38 million Siteman Cancer Center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/12/2018)
Illinois will receive a $38 million Siteman Cancer Center on the campus of Memorial Hospital East in 2020. The 70,650-square-foot medical office building, located at 1404 Cross St., in Shiloh, Illinois, will offer radiation oncology and chemotherapy services, along with access to therapeutic clinical trials. In addition, the site will also include a diagnostic laboratory and a pharmacy.  (Read More)

Forum Education Foundation Presents to Illinois Guidance Counselors
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 12/7/2018)
A panel representing the Construction Forum Education Foundation (CFEF) participated Monday (Dec. 3) in a workshop offering information on careers to guidance counselors from throughout Southwestern Illinois. The panel, organized by the Southwestern Illinois Career & Technical Education System, was held at Lewis and Clark Community College’s Nelson Complex in Edwardsville.  (Read More)
Southwestern Illinois Region Wins Big with $95.2M in Appropriations
for East St. Louis Flood Prevention Project  

Metro East hospital adding $8.5 million surgery center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/2018)
Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois plans to construct a $8.5 million surgery center in Edwardsville, Illinois. The new facility, called Anderson Goshen Campus, will be a 8,500-square-foot ambulatory surgical treatment center and pediatric specialty clinic, according to a Certificate of Need (CON) filing. The facility, which has an anticipated completion date of Dec. 31, 2021, will be located near the northeast intersection of Goshen and Gusewelle Roads in Edwardsville. (Read More)

HSHS St. Elizabeth's gets approval for radiation oncology clinic in O'Fallon
(Illinois Business Journal, 12/7/2018)
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and its parent company Hospital Sisters Health System announced Tuesday that they have received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to lease space for a radiation oncology clinic near the hospital along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in O'Fallon. (Read More)

Developer proposes yet another hotel in O’Fallon, making it the 14th in the city
(Belleville News-Democrat, 1/4/2019)
O'FALLON - The hotels just keep coming in O’Fallon, and officials continue to consider the lodging industry a major part of its economic development future. The city of about 30,000 people estimates it will collect a whopping $2.4 million in hotel/motel taxes in 2020, thanks to its 11 existing hotels and two new hotels expected to open this year along Interstate 64. (Read More)

Ameren Illinois unveils plan to upgrade natural gas transmission pipeline from Troy to Highland
(, 12/4/2018)
COLLINSVILLE – As part of its plan to modernize the energy delivery system throughout central and southern Illinois, Ameren Illinois announced today it plans to upgrade approximately 15 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline from Troy to Highland. The project, which is set to begin in April 2019, will replace vintage steel natural gas transmission pipeline from the 1960s with modern, 12-inch steel pipeline. (Read More)

Edwardsville retail center to open with Sugarfire, Strange Donuts
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/6/2018)
It was seven days short of a year before Contegra Construction Co. got the OK in January from the Army Corps of Engineers to start building a new $6 million retail development in Edwardsville. The development's challenging position in a low lying wetland area prompted the long permitting and approval process, but it was a path Contegra wanted to take, said Project Executive Jim Mundy. (Read More)
Old Troy Road project shooting for completion by end of 2019
(Alton Telegraph, 12/16/2018)
GLEN CARBON — Glen Carbon Administrator Jamie Bowden says Old Troy Road should be paved to Glen Crossing Road by Dec. 31, weather permitting while the entire project should conclude in a year.
That part of the project will help straighten a sharp curve in the former roadway, just north of Interstate 270. “During the last two weeks, it’s been too cold to pave and we’ve had moisture to deal with,” Bowden said. (Read More)

SIUE planning parking lot improvements, new graduate dental clinic
(Illinois Business Journal, 12/17/2018)
SIUE will move forward with plans to improve its parking lots at the Edwardsville campus and to get cost estimates for a graduate dental clinic on the Alton campus. The decision follows action Thursday by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus. The board also granted a temporary construction easement for the widening of East University Drive. (Read More)

Expansion on horizon for Edwardsville’s Gateway Commerce Center
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1/3/2019)
EDWARDSVILLE — Where can you find Amazon, Hershey, Proctor & Gamble and Walgreens in the same general location? The four corporations and many others have logistics and distribution centers in Edwardsville. Gateway Commerce Center (GCC), on the city’s west side, straddling Route 255, has become a prime logistics and distribution hub.  (Read More)

Solar energy companies flocking to Metro East, Illinois
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/8/2018)
Spurred by record-low equipment costs and state-sponsored incentives, solar installation companies are flocking to Illinois. One of the fast-growing solar markets involves partnering with farmers willing to lease some of their acreage to cultivate solar energy rather than crops. (Read More)

East St. Louis officials building on opportunities for businesses
(Illinois Business Journal, December 2018 Issue)
East St. Louis area officials are on a mission to build alliances between small businesses and potential government resources. Entrepreneurs and others got a rare opportunity to find out what’s potentially available to them during a fall event sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East and the Greater East St. Louis Business Development Association.  (Read More)

Metro East Park and Recreation District releases $2 million in grants
(Advantage News, 12/29/2018)
The Metro East Park and Recreation District awarded $2 million in grant funding to support local park and trail projects throughout 15 Metro East communities, MEPRD Executive Director Bryan Werner announced. In July, MEPRD began accepting grant applications for its fiscal year 2019 Park and Trail Grant Program. By November, the district had awarded the last of the program’s allocation.  (Read More)
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Celebrated New Office Space with Ribbon Cutting & Open House
on December 3rd!

Our new address is:
104 Magnolia Drive, Ste B, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Thank you to the Leadership Council's Program Sponsors: