February 3, 2014

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More snow in the forecast and an anticipated six more weeks of winter may have you looking for a little good news to jump start your week, and we've rounded up the latest for you in this edition of NewsLink. Continued recovery in the local housing market, potential funding for entrepreneurs through the new Metro East Start Up Challenge, new businesses coming to Godfrey and a robust season planned for Fairmount Park are just some of the stories we've been tracking.

Read on for more and have a great week!




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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YMCA of St. Louis, Southwest Illinois to merge 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/29/14)

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois are merging, said the organizations Wednesday. The boards of both organizations approved the combination under one YMCA association, called the Gateway Region YMCA. Bill Gavin is board chair of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, and Al Kent IV is chairman of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. (Read More)



Ill. lawmakers keep the races on at Fairmount 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/30/14)

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday extended online betting, known as deposit wagering, allowing web-based wagering on horse races in the state. The vote means there will be 52 live race dates at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. this season, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The horse track could have seen its season reduced to 10 live events if online betting was not extended. (Read More)



Ill. accepting applications for parks grants (Belleville News Democrat, 1/25/14)

Illinois officials are accepting applications from local governments to buy park land, construct parks or rehabilitate existing ones.The Department of Natural Resources has $25 million in grant money available for the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program. (Read More)


Village to study enterprise zone (The Intelligencer, 1/30/14)

Leveling the playing field - that's what Keith Moran has been charged with. The owner of Moran Economic Development in Edwardsville is trying to put together a multi-community enterprise zone that could include Glen Carbon. (Read More)



Illinois American Water announces 2014 Environmental Grant Program 

(The Telegraph, 2/2/14)

Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2014 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships. The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts. (Read More)


Businesses can compete in start-up challenge (STLtoday.com, 1/27/14)

Entrepreneurs and new business start-ups can compete in the Metro East Start-Up Challenge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's first regional business plan competition, according to a press release. The Start-Up Challenge is sponsored by University Park at SIUE and the Metro East Small Business Development Center. (Read More)



Local businesses working together to better the community

(STLtoday.com, 1/27/14)

The Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois (HBA) is taking confident strides to help the local building community flourish. Recently, the HBA hosted its yearly changing of the guard, the 16th Annual Installation of Officers & Remodelers of Distinction Awards. The event, which was held at Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, recognized achievements within local businesses through the Remodelers of Distinction Awards and acknowledged the wonderful job that the HBA executives of 2013 have done while welcoming the newest executives with the installation of the 2014 officer, directors, and president. 

(Read More)




Third party interested in purchasing closed ice rink in Fairview Heights (Belleville News Democrat, 1/30/14)

An independent third party is paying for structural analysis to be done at the site of the U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Fairview Heights, which closed in 2012 due to mine subsidence. Mike Malloy, Fairview Heights director of economic development, confirmed that a third party is paying to have the work done at the rink. Malloy did not release the name of the party. (Read More)



Local housing market continued recovery in 2013 

(Belleville News Democrat, 1/31/14)

Home sales in 2013 in the metro-east posted the highest gains since the recession began. The 2,528 homes sold last year in St. Clair County and 2,977 homes sold in Madison County were the most in both counties since 2007, when sales exceeded 3,000 new and existing homes. The National Bureau of Economic Research traces the beginning of the recession to December 2007. (Read More)



Saving spaces Midwest Asset Group bringing businesses to Godfrey 

(The Telegraph, 1/25/14)

Spaces are filling fast at Monticello Plaza with a variety of businesses and a campaign office. Not only has Midwest Asset Group LLC secured several leases at the Godfrey strip mall across the street from Lewis and Clark Community College on Godfrey Road, the development group also invested in improvements for the property. (Read More)



Activity can only mean good things (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/31/14)

This week's edition of the St. Louis Business Journal includes the BOMA Office Leasing Guide Supplement, which includes a spotlight on Southwestern Illinois. The piece references the Business Journal's recent coverage on the importance of Scott Air Force Base and the healthcare industry to the region, and points to signs of continued growth and stability in those areas. The Leadership Council's investment campaign is noted, as is the work of the Task Force formed by the Leadership Council and Madison and St. Clair counties to protect and enhance Scott AFB. Recent investments in our healthcare and industrial sectors also are highlighted. We can't link to this one as it's not available online, so you'll have to check out your hard copy for all the details!

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 
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Illinois Association of Realtors

Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois  

Anderson Hospital
Memorial Hospital  
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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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