June 16, 2014

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We hope you are enjoying these hot summer days! In this edition, you will find many ways that our region's economy is growing and changing. We appreciate you sharing this email with others. 




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois




'It's breathtaking': Lindenwood touts its $1 billion impact on local economy (Belleville News Democrat, 6/1/14)

Lindenwood University-Belleville and its students and staff have invested more than $114.2 million into the Belleville economy over the past four years, according to the school's first economic impact statement. And, according to the school's projections, that adds up to almost $1 billion worth of economic impact on the Belleville area since the school began accepting full-time day students four years ago. 

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Truck series gears up for return to Gateway 
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/11/14)  

Chad Little might have the most interesting job in NASCAR management. Little, 51 and a former Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver, is the managing director of the Camping World Truck Series, which makes its first trip since 2010 to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison on Friday and Saturday.
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The St. Louis story? It's a good one

(Real Estate Publishing Group, 6/12/14)

Mike Hanrahan says that St. Louis is now a great story for investors. And Hanrahan should know. He's the senior managing director and principal for the St. Louis office of Cassidy Turley. He's seen this Midwest city struggle during the Great Recession. And he's seen it steadily recover since that recession ended.


Persistence pays off for Southwestern Illinois  

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/7/14)  

In the familiar children's tale, "The Little Engine That Could," we learn the power of the mantra, "I think I can, I think I can." Persistence powered the little blue train up and over the hill, and that same spirit of persistence in the face of adversity is the engine that drives Southwestern Illinois' desire for continued economic growth.  

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Justine Petersen expanding lending assistance in Metro East

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/14)

The Justine Petersen organization, which recently opened an office in Granite City as a complement to its longtime operations based in St. Louis, has a dedicated loan pool for businesses located in Madison and St. Clair counties through a partnership with Bank of Edwardsville.

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Jack Schmitt building new Chevy dealership in Wood River

(Belleville News Democrat, 5/19/14)

Jack Schmitt Chevrolet of Wood River has broken ground on a state-of-the-art dealership in Wood River. Fairview Heights-based Impact Strategies is developing the 11-acre site at 1870 East Edwardsville Road. The dealership will take the place of Schmitt's existing Chevrolet lot at 1401 Vaughn Road in town.

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$3 million announced for construction projects in Madison and St. Clair counties (Illinois Business Journal, 6/14)

Gov.Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $3 million for construction projects in Madison and St. Clair counties. The projects, managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, include bridge and road maintenance and road safety upgrades. They are funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.

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Psychology department receives national award 

(Advantage News, 6/14) 

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Psychology is the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences.

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St. Clair County awards $632,000 in grants to improve local parks (Belleville News Democrat, 5/31/14) 

More than $632,000 in grants will make improvements possible at 23 parks in St. Clair County. The funding stems from a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax collected to improve local parks by the Metro East Park and Recreation District. The St. Clair County Parks Grant Commission recommended the park projects to the St. Clair County Board, which approved the projects Tuesday.
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 Money pours in for Alton food hub/incubator project 

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/14)

A business group's plan to link local food growers, buyers and entrepreneurs is getting thousands of dollars in community contributions and gardens full of support. The Great Rivers Market Fresh Network, a nonprofit project of the still-new Alton Area Business Development Association, was officially launched in May after some three years of discussion.
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Board approves of new emergency technology 

(The Telegraph, 6/9/14)

The Madison County Emergency Telephone Systems Board on Monday voted 6-1 in favor of expending $614,000 for technology that would allow agencies within the county to more effectively share data in the event of emergencies. The system, if passed by the committees of public safety and finance and government operations, would move onto the county board. 

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New $3 million TGI Fridays to be built in Fairview

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/13/14)

City Council members listened to a first and second reading for two large retail redevelopment projects during Tuesday night's meeting. Members approved plans to redevelop the existing TGI Fridays restaurant at 6900 N. Illinois St. and an amended development plan for the Fairview City Centre, already under construction on the northwest corner of North Illinois Street at Lincoln Trail.

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 
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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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