April 28, 2014

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From new developments to pending projects, the region is steadily growing. There are many Leadership Council members mentioned in the good news below! Stay dry and give Good NewsLink a thorough read this week.




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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President nominates Air Force generals for promotions at Scott 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/14/14)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Monday announced that President Barack Obama has nominated two Air Force generals with Scott connections for promotions.   (Read More)



Subdivision plat approved (The Intelligencer, 4/17/14)

The Edwardsville City Council approved the first phase of the Governors' Way subdivision Tuesday night. A resolution to approve the final plat of the Governors' Way subdivision was approved with six aldermen in favor and one abstaining. The first phase of the Governors' Way includes the construction of 44 single-family homes. The Plan Commission and the Administrative and Community Services Committee previously approved this.    (Read More)



March jobless rate hits five-year low in Illinois (Illinois Business Journal, 4/2014)

The March unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, the lowest level since January 2009, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.The rate fell despite more people entering the labor force to look for work.

As expected, however, the unseasonably cold and snowy weather in March dampened initial estimates for new hiring.    (Read More)



Ameren Route 159 work part of $3.5 billion, 5-year infrastructure investment 

(The Metro Independent, 4/17/14)

Ameren Illinois gas crews are nearing completion of work along Illinois Route 159 in Caseyville to re-route a natural gas line. The 3,300-foot, $93,000 project is part of utility company's $3.5 billion investment in natural gas and electrical transmission infrastructure over the next five years.    (Read More)



Quinn promotes Welcome Home Illinois Program (The Telegraph, 4/27/14)

Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday addressed the annual Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing where he discussed the state's commitment to affordable homeownership and the new Welcome Home Illinois loan program for first-time homebuyers. The mortgage assistance package has seen significant interest since its launch in March - so far 384 Illinois residents have reserved $46 million in total financing.

(Read More)



Durbin: Air Force leader will 'double down' on Scott's future 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/15/14)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she would "double down" on Scott Air Force Base's future, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who led James on a tour of the base Tuesday.

Durbin, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and other elected officials went with James to the air operations center at the base as part of an effort to show top Pentagon officials the importance of the base and to persuade them to protect the base from further budget cuts.    (Read More)



SIU board Oks contracts for road improvements, baseball turf replacement 

(Illinois Business Journal, 3/2014)

The Southern Illinois University board of trustees has approved contracts worth more than $1.5 million to complete two separate projects on the Edwardsville campus. SIUE also received project and budget approval for parking lot improvements estimated at $3.6 million.    (Read More)



MidAmerica airport to get Homeland Security equipment upgrade 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/17/14)

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport will receive a $32,000-plus upgrade to equipment required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. St. Clair County's Public Building Commission, which oversees the county-owned airport in Mascoutah, approved the upgrade during a meeting on Tuesday at the County Building. The equipment upgrade will be within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the airport.     

(Read More)



From old strip malls come new developments in Fairview Heights 

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/25/14)

This city, which rode the wave of the retail and commercial development boom in the 1970s and 1980s, is getting a bit of a fresh face. New retailers are starting to fill the space left vacant by older stores that failed during the recent recession.  (Read More)



Native begins investing in Alton properties (The Telegraph, 4/19/14)

An Alton native who has lived in California since 1982 is investing in his hometown area by recently purchasing four commercial properties costing $2.285 million. "My wife has suggested for years that we buy property in Illinois," said Charles "Chuck" DuVivier, 63, of Encinitas, north of San Diego. "I resisted for years, as we've been really (involved) in the real estate business in California."    (Read More)



State announces $4.7 million for bike, pedestrian trails in metro-east 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/13/14)

The state plans to invest more than $4.7 million in bike and pedestrian trails in the metro-east as part of a federally-funded program encouraging transportation-related projects, according to the office of Governor Pat Quinn. The local projects are part of a $52.7 million investment throughout the state, which will support more than 400 jobs with 71 projects.    (Read More)



East St. Louis church behind housing project (St. Louis Post Disptach, 4/22/14)

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Monday on a project by the Mount Sinai Development Corp. to build 30 houses in the Winstanley neighborhood of East St. Louis. The project is part of a $9.5 million community revitalization effort by the housing development corporation, which is a nonprofit operation of Mount Sinai Baptist Church. Its housing revitalization efforts began in 2002 when it led the New Salem Apartments project near the church in the 1200 block of St. Louis Avenue.    (Read More)



Edwardsville planning new police, fire stations (The Telegraph, 4/21/14)

Officials plan to meet Thursday to discuss details of a new police and fire station on the former Madison County Shelter Care Home property in the 300 block of South Main Street, recently purchased from Madison County. The Madison County Board approved the sale at its April meeting at a price of $750,000. The new building, and a related fire sub-station at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is estimated to cost between $12 million and $14 million. The city adopted a 0.25 percent sales tax to pay for the new building.    (Read More)



County sells shelter care property (Riverbender.com, 4/17/14)

Madison County has sold the former site of the Shelter Care Home to the city of Edwardsville.   The county board voted unanimously to sell the property for $750,000 so the city can build a new police and fire station.   The county board on Wednesday also approved extending the enterprise zone at the Gateway Commerce Center, pending additional approval from Edwardsville and Pontoon Beach.    (Read More)






East Alton eatery named Illinois Airport Restaurant of the Year 

(Advantage NEWS, 4/27/14)

The Illinois Department of Transportation has selected Highflyers Grille at St. Louis Regional Airport as the 2014 Illinois Airport Restaurant of the Year. The restaurant will receive IDOT's Five Prop award at a luncheon ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Illinois Aviation Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive in Collinsville.    (Read More)



State bicyclists group honors Madison County trails 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/24/14)

Madison County Transit received the League of Illinois Bicyclists' first-ever Innovation Award for the development and ongoing enhancement of the MCT Trails bikeway system. "When we looked at the Innovation Award, Madison County Transit really struck us," said Ed Barsotti, executive director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists.    (Read More)



Belleville named one of top 5 runner-friendly cities in country 

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/23/14)

Belleville was named one of the Runner Friendly Communities by Road Runners Club of America.The group named five cities nationwide, including Richmond, Virginia, Rockwall, Texas, Safety Harbor, Florida, and Spokane, Washington. Belleville was selected because of its vast network of sidewalks and running and biking trails.    (Read More)





Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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