August 31, 2015

The IDOT funded Southwestern Illinois Freight Transportation study was released on August 20, 2015 at a well-attended Regional Freight Forum.  The study provides us both data and direction: 
  • Data on our excellent position for freight job growth
  • Direction on the right opportunities to focus on for growth in both freight and manufacturing jobs
And, the St. Louis Regional Freight District's launch is perfectly timed to implement the study's recommendation.  

Opportunity may be ahead as General Darren McDew is installed as commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base.  He points out the imperative of cyber security excellence for the U.S. Military - a clear threat that can be an opportunity for job growth in the region.

Read on for details on these and other growth initiatives in Southwestern Illinois!
Ellen Krohne
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Leadership Council Says Region Could be a Freight Leader
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/20/15)
The St. Louis region has the ability to be a key distribution center for freight, local engineers said Thursday.
New Gateway Commerce development plan projected to bring thousands of jobs to area
(Riverbender, 8/19/15)
Those driving on Illinois 255 across from the Gateway Commerce complex will notice considerable dirt work across the highway in a new $30 million speculative building by Tri Star Properties.

New commander at Scott AFB wants to step up fight against cyber attacks
(St. Louis-Dispatch, 8/27/15)
The new leader of U.S. Transportation Command, essentially the moving company for nearly all things military, said here Wednesday that cyberattacks are an "evolving threat" with a low cost of entry that need to be dealt with.
Bi-State Development agency promoting overall role, not just Metro
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/15)
For many years people often referred to the Bi-State Development Agency as Metro, the public transit arm of the development agency. However, Bi-State does more than just provide public transportation in the region.
Transportation study shows region poised for growth
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/24/15)
The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today released the findings of the Southwestern Illinois Freight Transportation Study undertaken to determine the best ways to advance the region as a multimodal hub.
(Read More)

Dunstan, other congressmen praise $400,000 grant from EPA to identify Madison County brownfields
(Riverbender, 8/27/15)
Madison County has received $400,000 from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to help identify contaminated sites.
'Fab Lab' brings top tech to metro-east
(Alton Telegraph, 8/30/15) 
Tinkerers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and students alike will have access to an engineering and technology center in the new Confluence Fab Lab, fabrication laboratory, at Lewis and Clark Community College, N.O. Nelson Campus.
(Read More)
Local entrepreneurs expand through small business development center
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/30/15)

When Phil Green was looking for ways to expand his Collinsville home remodeling business, he eventually found the answer with help from local experts.

LOOKING FOR 500-YEAR FLOOD FIX: Work going strong on levees throughout county
(Riverbender, 8/27/15)
Those driving around the region will notice an enormous amount of work near Madison County and nearby Monroe and St. Clair County levees, all part of a project to providing a lasting fix.
Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan said support was something that required city governments
Poettker Construction to begin work on new Planet Fitness in Edwardsville
(Riverbender, 8/18/15)
A new Planet Fitness is locating in Edwardsville adjacent to the Eclipse Car Wash off Center Grove Road.

WRPD Construction Update
(WBGZ, 8/18/15)
Wood River could be getting a new police station as early as the beginning of 2017. Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward gave a report of the progress in the development at the pre-meeting before the city council meeting last night.

Planned unit development moving forward
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/28/15)
The proposed Hawthorne Hills planned unit development took a step forward Tuesday.  At the Edwardsville Public Services Committee meeting, the 10.7-acre planned unit development was recommended for approval to the Administrative and Community Services Committee.
(Read More)

In Other News
Economic development organization's leader to retire
(Advantage News, 8/21/15)
The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced that the council's executive director for the past three years will be retiring this fall.
(Read More)
SIUE art students take look at 3-D printing
(Edwardsville Intelligencer. 8/19/15 )
Art students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are moving beyond the pottery wheel; and instead, producing ceramic objects with the click of a button.

Green thumbs at Lewis and Clark educate through gardening
(The Telegraph, 8/19/15)
With a goal of creating the nation's first community college with a botanical garden, the gardeners at Lewis and Clark Community College have been hard at work this summer tending their "Garden of Eatin'."

Community dedicates new Father McGivney school
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/30/15)
Father McGivney Catholic High School senior Morgan Wagner shared her high school journey with the mass of people who came out to dedicate the area's newest Catholic high school on Sunday.

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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