August 25, 2014

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In light of the tragic events occurring in Ferguson, it feels appropriate for us in Southwestern Illinois to offer our prayers and support for leaders, families and businesses involved.  As we do so, we can also be grateful for the good news in Southwestern Illinois. I hope you enjoy this week's edition. 


Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



State Investing Millions In LCCC

(WBGZ Radio, 8/22/14)
Millions of dollars in investments are coming to Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, courtesy of the state's Illinois Jobs Now!
(Read More)



Allegiant adds another Florida flight from MidAmerica
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/19/14)
Allegiant Airlines announced Tuesday that it will expand its service at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.
(Read More)



County awards $500K grant for housing developments
(The Telegraph, 8/23/14)

A $500,000 housing grant will go toward redeveloping some properties in low-income areas in Madison County, including in Alton.
(Read More)



Gateway Urgent Care set to open in October near Glen Carbon

(Belleville News Democrat, 8/25/14)
Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City will be opening Gateway Urgent Care in October just south of the intersection off Illinois 159 and Glen Carbon Road near Glen Carbon.

(Read More)



Business leaders voice support for Belleville accelerator
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)
A group of regional leaders is showing sincere interest in a project to turn the historic Turner Hall building into an accelerator for small businesses, and specifics are likely to evolve over the next few months as resources, including money and participation, are determined.
(Read More)


Impact Strategies completes Enclave West expansion
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/22/14)
Impact Strategies has completed a $9 million expansion to Enclave West, an off-campus student housing development in Edwardsville that is reserved for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville students.
(Read More)



White issues $2.8 million for library renovation projects
(News-Democrat, 8/21/14)
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White visited three metro-east libraries Thursday to present $2.8 million in construction grants.
(Read More) 



American Bottom Levee Project 

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

This Special Section provides an update on the work currently underway to enhance the Metro East Levee system.

(Read More)



Enyart: VA to award $505K for homeless vets

(Advantage News, 8/14)
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) has announced that $505,065 has been awarded to Chestnut Health Systems Inc. in Granite City from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
(Read More)



Spotlight on Engineering 

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)
This engineering special section includes a list of various engineering projects underway in Southwestern Illinois, as well as articles on some of the most significant projects in the region.
(Read More)



Downtown Belleville is on the upswing

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/22/14)
Traffic flows under the new canopy of trendy lights spread over East Main Street, where bars and restaurants open to broad, patio-like sidewalks.
(Read More)


Commercial Real Estate Market Continues to Improve!

(,  August 2014)
Barber-Murphy Group announcing 19 transactions completed in the past 4 weeks. The 19 sales / leases include 34,175 SF industrial space, 17,492 SF office space, 22,861 SF retail space and 92 acres of land sales.
(Read More)




Ross clothing store planned for Alton Square
(The Alton Telegraph, 8/14/14)
In the largest retail investment in years at Alton Square, Ross Dress for Less soon plans to begin renovating 28,000 square feet of space on the mall's main floor for another outlet.
(Read More)




In Other News

Holloway retiring as TheBANK president, CEO
(The Alton Telegraph, 8/17/14)
After 10 years of distinguished service and leadership, Thomas E. Holloway, president and CEO of TheBANK of Edwardsville, announced recently that he will retire on May 29, 2015.
(Read More)


Granite schools to launch hometown CEO program

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)
Granite City schools this month become the first in the region to enact a program aimed at keeping high school graduates in their hometown, potentially as future business leaders.
(Read More)



Estate leaves $2.73 million gift to McKendree University

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)
A $2.73 million legacy gift from the estate of Patricia and Charles "Chuck" Leemon has been made to McKendree University.
(Read More)



Eckert's named one of Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants

(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/14)
Belleville's own Eckert's Country Restaurant was just named one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants.
(Read More) 

SIUE's solar car honored at American Solar Challenge
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/18/14)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Solar Car Team placed 13th out of 20 total cars at the 2014 American Solar Challenge Formula Sun Grand Prix race during July in Austin, Texas.
(Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

Lindenwood U

Belleville Chamber of Commerce

America's Central Port Logo



St. Elizabeth's Hosp


BARBERMurphy Group



McKendree Logo


St. Louis Regional Chamber

Memorial Hospital


Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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