December 1, 2014

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As we head toward the Christmas holiday, we in Southwestern Illinois have much to be thankful for in spite of the events in Ferguson this past week and the onset of winter weather. Enjoy reading about the many new developments in the region in this edition of the Good NewsLink.

Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Scott is one of three finalists for new Air Force installation support center

Scott Air Force Base is one of three finalists to serve as home base for the newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.

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Plastics company finds new home in region

Advantage News- Nov. 20, 2014

Applied Engineering Plastics Inc., a plastics manufacturing company, recently moved from St. Louis to 6 Industrial Drive in Jerseyville.
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Scott AFB impact touted as part of public-private study

Illinois Business Journal- Nov. 2014

The worth of Scott Air Force Base and other Illinois military installations is supported in a report released today and touted by public officials as reason to continue the investment.

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SIUE Opens Multicultural Center Nov. 24, 2014

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and Associate Chancellor Venessa Brown dedicated the new Multicultural Center in the Morris University Center with a ribbon cutting Thursday, Nov. 20. 
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Allegiant and MidAmerica Airport Celebrate Inaugural Flight to Tampa Bay

Riverbender- Nov. 20, 2014
Beach balls and balloons greeted travelers as they arrived at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport yesterday for Allegiant's inaugural flight from MidAmerica to Tampa Bay, Fla. 

A bridge, a hospital and more: Council touts achievements

News-Democrat- November 24, 2014  
A new hospital, a new bridge and other economic expansion lead the list of development highlighted by the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois.
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Putting out the welcome mat: Region promoted as transport hub

News-Democrat- November 28, 2014

Business leaders from both sides of the river have partnered to promote the region as a transportation hub poised for growth.

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Several construction projects approved for Metro East

Illinois Business Journal

Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday announced investments of more than $48.9 million for construction projects in the Metro East area.

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Peel Wood Fired Pizza coming to O'Fallon
News-Democrat- December 1, 2014  
The metro-east's second Peel Wood Fired Pizza could open as soon as this week. The Edwardsville pizzeria anticipates opening at 104 S. Charry St. in O'Fallon sometime this week. 

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Taking flight
Advantage News- Nov. 23, 2014
Tucked inside the Community Center sits a new family-friendly caf´┐Ż that brings to Alton a new level of community involvement.

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Local Churches Upgrade Facilities with Help From Impact Strategies Nov. 18, 2014
Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it has completed two separate construction projects for First Baptist Church in Columbia, Ill., and Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh., Ill.
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In Other News

Social Mobility Index ranks SIUE among top schools in the nation

Illinois Business Journal- Nov. 2014

The newly released Social Mobility Index ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 70th among 539 top school in the U.S.

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LCCC Media Services Department wins five medallion awards

Illinois Buisness Journal- November 2014

Lewis and Clark Community College's Media Services Department won three gold medallions, one silver medallion and one bronze medallion during the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations District 3 Awards Ceremony in October.

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Illinois awarded $5.9M for Safe Routes to School program

Illinois Business Journal- November 2014

Governor Pat Quinn Saturday announced Illinois has been awarded a $5.9 million federal investment to create Illinois Safe Routes to School.

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

St. Clair County Seal

Memorial Hospital

St. Elizabeth's Hosp


Ameren IL Logo

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Madison County IL

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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