February 16, 2016 

Ronda Sauget

This Newslink edition features a significant increase in NGA West relocation stories and comments pieces featuring why Scott AFB site, located in St. Clair County, Illinois, should be the clear choice if logic prevails in the NGA decision making process. Thanks to many of the Leadership Council members and partners for voicing their opinions on this very important issue.  
Additionally, America's Central Port Madison Harbor (formerly known as the South Harbor) loads its first barge at the new port located in Madison County, Illinois. This is significant progress in promoting Southwestern Illinois as a prominent multi-modal port of choice for freight and bulk transport. Further, America's Central Port will see construction begin on a new 100,000 sq. ft. design-build warehouse facility constructed by the Korte Company. This new warehouse located in Madison County, Illinois, will only be 5 miles from downtown St. Louis and easily accessible by river, road, and rail multi-modal transportation modes.

Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence Board Member,  Jason Carter of Aegis Strategies also speaks about the organizational growth and benefits of the new Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence bringing cybersecurity training, certifications, and expert talent pipeline to our regional area. Columbia, Illinois, officials are leading the way for a developer to turn the  former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, school, and grounds into a $4.5M multi-use entertainment block. SIUE located in Edwardsville, Illinois, announced the largest Spring enrollment of 13,346 students in the school's history. Also, SIUE International Trade Center helps Progressive Recovery, Inc. in Dupo, Illinois, to pursue  a global strategy. Progressive Recovery, Inc., designs and manufactures customized equipment to help customers to recycle and process hazardous waste safely for multiple industry segments.  Please read this edition to see how many of our Leadership Council members are leading the way in regional, domestic, and global expansion and growth strategies.
Well done!

Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Metro-east lawmakers meet with NGA head to make case for Scott site
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/10/2016)
Metro-east lawmakers continued Wednesday to press their case with Robert Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, on why the spy agency should build its new $1.6 billion campus on a 182-acre St. Clair County site next-door to Scott Air Force Base.
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National Geospatial Agency looking to move headquarters from St. Louis
(KTVI, 2/12/2016)
The National Geospatial Agency (NGA) is looking to relocate one of its largest headquarters to a larger piece of land. 
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Employees would love NGA site near Scott Air Force Base
(St. Louis Post- Dispatch, 2/12/2016)
The editorial urging the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to remain in St. Louis reminded me of Stan Kroenke's savage assault on the region when he left town ("Why the NGA belongs here," Feb. 9).
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Editorial makes a 'homer' call in favor of NGA site
(St. Louis Post- Dispatch, 2/12/2016)
In sports, when a referee makes subjective calls favorable to the home team, they are called "homers." The Post-Dispatch editorial team fits that definition when it comes to the editorial "Why NGA belongs here" (Feb. 9).

Madison Harbor loads its first barge at port district
(Illinois Business Journal, 2/5/2016)
A project long in the making took a significant step Wednesday with the loading of the first barge at the Madison Harbor, formerly known as the South Harbor, at America's Central Port.
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Dodge report shows construction boomed in metropolitan area in past year
(Illinois Business Journal, 1/28/2016)
A report released today by Dodge Data & Analytics shows construction values skyrocketing during the past year in the metropolitan area around St. Louis.
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NGA locating in St. Clair County makes perfect sense
(Belleville News-Democrat, 1/25/2016)
I have been a business owner in Southern Illinois for many years and am excited about the possibility of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency building a new facility near the Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County. This move would have a positive economic impact in our regional communities bringing more people, money and opportunities to businesses and communities like mine.
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Governor announces formation of NonProfit Economic Development Organization
(Riverbender, 1/27/2016)
Governor Rauner today announced in his State of the State address that leaders at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and business stakeholders will collaborate in organizing a newly formed private, non-profit organization focusing exclusively on increasing Illinois' competitiveness for job creation and investment.
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Kirk: NGA is 'not an urban renewal agency,' should pass on blighted St. Louis site
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/13/2016)
No one doubts that wherever the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters winds up - whether in a blighted part of North St. Louis or in a patch of cornfields in St. Clair County - the economic impact will be huge and long-lasting.

State's healthy housing markets recognized
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1/26/2016)
Homeowners in Glen Carbon and Maryville have something to be happy about.
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Retail Roundup: Developer, city of Columbia pursuing TIF district for downtown development
(Belleville News Democrat, 2/1/2016)
Columbia officials are paving the way for a developer to turn the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the adjacent convent and school and grounds at South Main and Madison streets into a $4.5 million multi-use entertainment block.
(Read More)

Join the Illinois effort to seal the deal on NGA
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/6/2016)
As the date for the decision on where to move NGA West draws near, fear and politics are reaching a crescendo. So how do we help seal the deal when the city of St. Louis is pulling every trick in the book to keep the facility?

Higher Education Matters: SIUE to introduce girls to engineering
(Belleville News Democrat, 2/9/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Society of Women Engineers will host its fourth annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" on Feb. 20 in the SIUE School of Engineering building.
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The Korte Company Begins Work On Facility At America's Central Port - Madison, Il
(St. Louis CNR, 1/25/2016)
The Korte Company will begin construction on a 100,000 square foot design-build warehouse facility within America's Central Port, located in Madison, IL, just 5 miles north of downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Regional Airport Ripe for Development, Lacks Capital
(The Alton Telegraph, 1/30/2016)
A gigantic hangar sits, still in its infancy, at the St. Louis Regional Airport, and Manager David Miller would like to have three more just like it.
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A Conversation with Jason Carter - Cyber Center of Excellence 12-15-15
(Charter channel 994, 2/1/2016)
The Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence is a new, not-for-profit start up organization, which will partner with regional educational institutions and business partners to develop a cyber work force, implement a regional Cyber Patriot program, improve public awareness in the cyber domain, and engage in cyber-oriented research, development, and entrepreneurial activities.
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Treasurer to invest more than $220 million in Illinois tech start-ups
(Illinois Business Journal, 1/27/2016)
Illinois will invest more than $220 million in emerging tech companies that will create an estimated 3,600 jobs during the next three years, state Treasurer Michael Frerichs said Tuesday.
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What does the future hold for O'Fallon Family Sports Park?
(Belleville News Democrat, 2/1/2016)
What the standard is now won't be the standard years from now, according to Mary Jeanne Hutchison, director of O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department, which is why a comprehensive plan for a Sports Park Village at O'Fallon Family Sports Park is needed.
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City's park project receives donation
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 2/5/2016)
At the Edwardsville City Council meeting on Jan. 5, Mayor Hal Patton announced that there would be two "major contributions" over the next month.
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Liberty Bank Amphitheater ramping up for another successful season
(Riverbender, 2/9/2016)
The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater Commissioners and City of Alton staff provided some far-reaching statistics about the venue and reflected on the boundless excitement it has created on Tuesday.
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Country Club Lawn-Tree continues growth 16 years into business
(Riverbender, 2/8/2016)
The story of Country Club Lawn-Tree is something that sounds as American as it comes.
(Read More)

Tim Hortons coming to Metro East
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/1/2016)
Tim Hortons Cafe is planning to open its first location in the Metro East.
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Shogun puts on show for grand opening
(Advantage News 2/4/2016)
Shogun Japanese Steak House opened Thursday with a Chinese New Year flourish.
(Read More)

Hops House opens at Argosy Casino
(Advantage News, 2/8/2016)
Craft beer is taking center stage at Hops House, a new establishment at Argosy Casino Alton.
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Jack Flash convenience store to open near Shrine in Belleville
(Belleville News Democrat, 2/9/2016)
An Effingham convenience store chain announced Tuesday that it will build a Jack Flash store in the hotel, restaurant and sports complex to be built off Illinois 15 across from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
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Mexican restaurant opens its doors
(Belleville News Democrat, 1/24/2016)
It's probably the only restaurant in the area with a wall-length mural depicting a mustachioed skeleton about to guzzle a margarita.
(Read More)

In other news
SIUE spring enrollment hits all-time high
(Illinois Business Journal, 1/27/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's spring enrollment of 13,346 students is the largest spring enrollment in the university's history, officials said today.
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RBGA salutes region's best at annual awards dinner
(Riverbender, 1/29/2016)

Thursday night was a reflection of the past year and a night to honor some of the region's best achievements and people behind them at the RiverBend Growth Associational Annual Awards Dinner at Lewis and Clark Community College.
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Alton, Highland and Madison County receive Green Cities Awards
(Riverbender, 2/8/2016)
The cities of Alton and Highland were recently awarded for their participation in the pilot program of the Green Cities Challenge, while Madison County was awarded for their efforts as a champion level participant in the green Business Challenge. 
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11 South Project Started in Columbia
January 2016 Construction Digest

Illinois American Water announces 2016 Environmental Grant Program
(Alton Telegraph, 1/27/2016)
Illinois American Water announced Wednesday that the application process is now open for its 2016 Environmental Grant Program.
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SIUE International Trade Center helps Dupo industry go global
(Illinois Business Journal, 2/10/2016)
For three decades, Progressive Recovery, Inc. in Dupo has been designing and manufacturing equipment to help customers recycle and process hazardous waste, but when it decided to pursue a global strategy, it turned to the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for assistance.
(Read More)

Alton Accepts Green Cities Award
(WBGZ, 1/28/2016)
Alton Mayor Brant Walker has recognized the members of the city's Cool Cities Committee for their work leading to the completion of the 2015 Green Cities Challenge.  St. Louis Regional Chamber
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Jaycees Chapter opens in Edwardsville
(Riverbender, 2/8/2016)
The Illinois Jaycees have officially welcomed another chapter to its growing organization.
(Read More)
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation names chief operating officer
(Illinois Business Journal, 1/26/2016)
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation has announced that Benjamin Ernst, FACHE, FHFMA has joined its leadership team as chief operating officer.
(Read More)

Q&A: Shiloh business is rooted in STEM, incorporates Legos
(Belleville News Democrat, 1/24/2016)
Diane Fefferman of Belleville bought into a Bricks 4 Kidz franchise nearly two years ago, because she wanted a career that let her work with children, including her own.
YMCA earns state-level honor
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1/22/2016)
The Edwardsville YMCA's Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center recently received a state award that recognizes the center for showing continuous quality improvement commitment to children in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area.


Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue


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Madison County IL


Korte logo

First National Bank

Riverbend Growth Association

Lewis & Clark Logo

St. Louis Regional Chamber

BRiC Partnership Engineers 


Cassens Transport Co

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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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