August 11, 2014

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With school session beginning, you will see several articles related to educational advancements in this newsletter.  Other interesting news announced is the expansion of America's Central Port and the potential development of a new ice rink.  Read on to learn about more exciting news in Southwestern Illinois. 


Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



State doubles size of Granite City port district

(News-Democrat, 8/1/14)

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that increases the size of America's Central Port and gives it additional powers...(Read more).



Does your school district have a construction project under way?

(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/3/14)

Lebanon grade school students can look forward to moving into their new elementary school later this school year. The new school is one of the larger construction projects under way at metro-east school districts.

(Read More)



$3.3M in YouthBuild grants awarded to Illinois

(The Telegraph, 8/10/14)

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $73,654,300 in YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.

(Read more)



Business moves into former YMCA building; more planned there

(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/7/14)

The former YMCA buiding in downtown Belleville is now home to an insurance claims company and -- soon -- another service to help create more businesses.

(Read more)



First Clover Leaf Bank announces new location

(Advantage News, 8/14)

First Clover Leaf Bank is pleased to announce their second expansion...(Read more).



Impact Strategies Awarded Contract to Build TAMAR II Office Building in Shiloh

(Riverbender, 7/28/14)

Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a $2.0 million contract to build TAMAR II Office Building on Hartman Lane in Shiloh, Ill. 

(Read more)



Lindenwood University-Belleville Unveils Major General William L. Enyart Veterans Success Center

(Belleville, Ill., 8/7/14)

Lindenwood University-Belleville unveiled its newest facility specifically serving its veteran student population. 



Wood River approves marijuana cultivation

(KSDK, 8/7/14)

Wood River City Council voted on an agreement Monday night to allow for a marijuana cultivation plant at the EnviroTECH Business Park.

(Read more)



Lindenwood Belleville touts new cafe, new degrees, more sports

(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/6/14)

While supporters of Lindenwood University-Belleville toured the improvements to the building and grounds of the West Main Street campus Wednesday, school leaders announced new additions to the school's programs and activities.

(Read more)



New ice rink coming to O'Fallon?

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/30/14)

The approval of a tax incentive for a sports complex in O'Fallon has some hoping the site will host the return of an ice skating rink to the metro-east.

(Read more)



One on one: Seven questions with banker Kevin Pesko

(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/14)

Bank of Belleville announced recently that it will build a new 10,000-square-foot headquarters on property at 213 and 219 S. Illinois St. in downtown Belleville at a cost of more than $3 million.

(Read more)



Turning on the faucet: Rural residents will soon tap into water system

(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/4/14)

Residents of rural Millstadt and Stookey Township, who have relied on wells, cisterns and ponds, will tap into a new co-op that will provide them with water from Illinois-American Water Co (Read more).

In Other News:


Grants to allow SIUE to study redesign of principal-preparedness programs

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

The Illinois Education Research Council at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and a two-year $50,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation.

(Read more)



Durbin, Quinn ask Amtrak to increase trains in Illinois

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today asked the President and CEO of Amtrak, Joe Boardman, to study the possibility of increasing the frequency of trains along the Chicago - Champaign - Carbondale route.

(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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