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March 3, 2021

Greetings,

The combination of warmer weather in the region and positive news of workforce development initiatives and investments being made in various sectors across the Metro East is putting a little spring in our step this week. 

As part of the Leadership Council’s mission to support economic development statewide, we are pleased to be able to offer training sessions to our regional EDO partners and the communities that they serve in order to maximize the number of new business opportunities locating in Illinois. Intersect Illinois, the state’s public-private partner leading business attraction and site selection efforts on behalf of the State of Illinois, will be providing a training session next Thursday, March 11 at 10 a.m. The informative session will feature a brief introduction to Intersect Illinois’ programs and services, an overview of the site selection process, and a tutorial on Intersect's property database and project management system. Participants can join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/773437493.

The Leadership Council Education Committee’s also continues to partner with PCs for People, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that distributes refurbished corporate computers updated to Windows 10, with very low-cost, unlimited internet access for students, underserved populations, the elderly and veterans. Their recently opened retail and warehouse space in Belleville will be able to coordinate computer donations and serves as a place underserved citizens and students can select computers. As noted previously, the State of Illinois Office of Broadband has committed to facilitate the donation of 10,000 computers to PCs for People Metro East, but they have set a goal of sourcing a total of 25,000 computers in their first year in order to meet the significant need in our community. To learn how you can help us achieve this goal, contact our office at 618-692-9745. For more information on PCs for People, check out the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7AJL0ZKxUs.

In other exciting news, the Metro East housing sales market started out the calendar year strong, construction is underway on the second phase of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport's $30 million terminal expansion in Mascoutah, Illinois, and Poettker Construction broke ground on the new 15-acre John Deere dealership in Breese, Illinois; and those are just a few of the recent stories highlighted below.

Read on for more details and to catch up on all the good news happening throughout Southwestern Illinois. Have a great rest of your 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
618-692-9745 
Work starts on next phase of MidAmerica Airport's $30M terminal expansion
(St. Louis Business Journal, 02/18/2021)
Construction has started on the second phase of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport's $30 million terminal expansion in Mascoutah, Illinois. (Read More)

15-acre John Deere development kicks off in Metro East
(St. Louis Business Journal, 02/23/2021)
Poettker Construction is starting construction on Riechmann Bros.' 15-acre John Deere dealership in Breese, Illinois. (Read More)

Several road projects planned in Metro East
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/25/2021)
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a series of road projects. Here is a review. (Read More)

Broadview Hotel project in East St. Louis in line for $1.5 million grant
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/26/2021)
The state’s Rebuild Illinois program is in full swing, state Sen. Christopher Belt said Thursday, in announcing a $1.5 million grant for a shovel-ready construction project in downtown East St. Louis. (Read More)

Bank of Belleville begins construction of second new bank in two months
(St. Louis Business Journal, 02/18/2021)
Bank of Belleville has begun construction of its second new bank in two months, the Bank of Monroe County at 813 North Market Street in Waterloo, a 3,200 square-foot building with two oversized drive-up lanes, ATM and powered in part by solar energy. (Read More)

Edwardsville to embark on 4-year water meter project
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 02/19/2021)
EDWARDSVILLE — One of the larger recent projects Edwardsville Public Works will embark on this year is a four-year plan to replace and upgrade city water meters, residential and commercial, with automated versions that communicate via radio signals. (Read More)

Roxana village hall taking shape
(Alton Telegraph, 02/26/2021)
ROXANA — Progress continues on the new $11 million Roxana Village Hall being constructed on Central Avenue. (Read More)

S.M. Wilson & Co. Adds New Locations
(Illinois Business Journal, February 2021 Issue, Page 10)
S.M. Wilson & Co. a 100-year-old construction management and general contracting firm is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with the opening of two new locations Edwardsville, Ill., and Cape Girardeau, Mo. (Read More)

Ameren Illinois continues second phase of grid upgrade in Jersey, Macoupin counties
(Advantage News, 02/28/2021)
Ameren Illinois will soon begin the second phase of a two-year project that will enhance energy service reliability, flexibility and load capacity of the company's local electric grid for customers in Jersey and Macoupin counties. (Read More)
PCs for People help get computers in the homes of those who truly need them!

Distributes refurbished corporate computers updated to Windows 10, with very low-cost, unlimited internet access for students, underserved populations, elderly, and veterans.

They have connected over 450,000 people to internet and computing devices. The State of Illinois Office of Broadband has committed to facilitate the donation of 10,000 computers to PCs for People Metro East, but they have set a goal of sourcing a total of 25,000 computers in their first year in order to meet the significant need in our community, and they need our help to meet that goal.

PCs for People is NAID AAA certified to wipe clean all data off computers and recertify them for reuse

PC donations needed!!  

If you would like more information about how to donate computers, please contact the Leadership Council office at 618-692-9745 or ronda@leadershipcouncilswil.com
Bank of Hillsboro breaks ground on permanent Staunton site
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/18/2021)
Bank of Hillsboro held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate work beginning on its new permanent branch in downtown Staunton. (Read More)

County offers second round of CARES Act funds for service agencies
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/24/2021)
Madison County will offer a second round of $20,000 grants for public service agencies for COVID-19 relief. (Read More)

Metro East housing numbers see strong start to the year
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/21/2021)
The housing sales market has started out strong for the calendar year in the Metro East. (Read More)

Riverbend Family Ministries lands $493,892 grant for expansion
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/25/2021)
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has selected Riverbend Family Ministries in Wood River to receive a grant of $493,892 to expand services in the Metro East, state officials said Thursday. (Read More)

New director named for Commerce and Economic Opportunity department
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/19/2021)
Gov. JB Pritzker this week named Sylvia I. Garcia to serve as director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate. (Read More)

Metro-East Park District Celebrates Milestone Anniversary With 20 Years Of Supporting And Promoting Local Parks, Trails
(Riverbender, 02/26/2021)
The Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) celebrates its twentieth anniversary, marking an important milestone for the agency and its mission to develop a first-class, regional system of parks and interconnected trails. (Read More)

Great River Road receives ‘All-American Road’ historical designation
(Illinois Business Journal, 02/23/2021)
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis on Tuesday today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has designated Illinois’ portion of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River as an All-American Road for its historic and cultural significance. (Read More)

New pediatric services coming to Anderson’s Goshen Medical Campus
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 02/25/2021)
EDWARDSVILLE — Anderson Hospital’s Goshen Campus keeps adding new facets of care. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic now offers new specialty pediatric services in the southwestern Illinois area. (Read More)

Farnsworth Group Moving to Downtown Bellville
(Illinois Business Journal, February 2021 Issue, Page 9)
Farnsworth Group will soon relocate its St. Clair County office to downtown Belleville. The move strengthens a continued commitment to the Metro East area and sets the stage for expansion and growth. (Read More)

Calhoun woman leads Saturday’s ‘Engineering Day’ for girls
(Alton Telegraph, 02/25/2021)
EDWARDSVILLE — “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” returns to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday with a new look. (Read More)
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