June 29, 2015

This week's Good NewsLink is filled with exciting news in the region. Our top story highlights the new media campaign, "Take Pride in St. Louis", launched by the nonprofit St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation encouraging ambassadors to tell positive and genuine stories about the region on social media.  Enjoy reading more about how to become an ambassador and other great stories in Southwestern Illinois.


Have a great week! 



Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



St. Louis civic pride campaign aims to make residents 'ambassadors' for region

(St. Louis Public Radio, 6/18/2015)
A new media campaign launched by the nonprofit St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation on Thursday is encouraging St. Louisans to tell their "positive and authentic" stories about the region on social media.


Fairview Heights City Council approves TIF for new development
(Belleville News Democrat, 6/16/15)
The Fairview Heights City Council has voted to approve a proposed tax increment finance district to begin planning for a new commercial and residential development near the city's Metrolink station.
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Milestone Marked in Partnership

(Riverbender, 6/23/2015)

Nearly $10-million in grant money from the federal government is coming to SIU-Edwardsville as it seeks to keep churning out students with skills geared toward new and emerging technologies. 

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Home sales generally up in latest Greater Gateway Realtor figures

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/16/2015)
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors this week released figures for home sales in May. Home sales numbers are generally even or higher than at the same time a year ago.
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May unemployment falls in every Illinois metro area
(Belleville News Democrat, 6/25/2015)
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates dropped again during May in all 15 Illinois metro areas. Three of those areas have returned to pre-recession employment levels.
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Base, Community Leaders Sign AF Community Partnership Agreement

(375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs)

Base and community leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 8 at the Scott Club formalizing an agreement to explore and pursue potential partnership opportunities.

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Illinois businesses among 11 to receive $50,000 Arch Grants

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/19/2015)
Two Illinois startups are among 11 to receive $50,000 this summer from the nonprofit Arch Grants agency as part of its 2015 Global Startup Competition.
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Contegra completes $2.3 million pump station for Edwardsville

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/16/15)
Contegra Construction Co. has completed a $2.3 million project that delivered a new high-service pump station to boost flow capacity to 9.6 million gallons per day at the water treatment plant serving Edwardsville.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy awarded $2.65 million grant for Alzheimer's research
(Illinois Business Journal, 6/18/2015)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.65 million grant.
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Youth programs in ESL receive $262,000 in United Way grants
(Belleville News Democrat 6/24/2015)
Eight organizations that provide summer youth programs in East St. Louis have received a combined $262,000 in grants from the United Way.
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JJK Foundation funded for STEM education

(St. Louis American, 6/11/2015)

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation recently received two donations to help fund STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education among youth in East St. Louis.
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New home development coming to Edwardsville at Esic Drive and Cloverdale

(Riverbender, 6/29/2015)
Recently, the Edwardsville City Council approved plans presented by Infinity Land Group for construction on a new development in the central part of Edwardsville just off Governor's Parkway at Esic Drive and Cloverdale.

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Medical offices to be built in Glen Carbon

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 6/15/15)
During a committee meeting, the Village Board members authorized a proposal that approved a site for two new medical offices.

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Optimism high during Illinois' wettest June
(Telegraph, 6/29/2015)
As rain continues to choke the Riverbend, precautions are being made to help reduce flooding in already-high areas along the river.
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Edwardsville planning new Aqua Park

(KTVI TV, 6/24/2015)
Edwardsville is hoping to make a splash with a new Spray and Play Park. The city released a rendering of what the park will look like Wednesday.
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Extra Help Inc. - 19
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/12/15)
The upswing in the economy propelled Extra Help Inc. to a record $22.8 million in revenue last year as area businesses sought the workforce management solutions company's help in increasing staff. 


Manufacturing Matchmaking to spur local industrial supply chain connections

(IMEC Blog, 6/29/2015)

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Engineering and Technology (ENGTEC) will host its inaugural Manufacturing Matchmaking event for the Metro East at the SIUE Morris University Center located at 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

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Ameren Donates Air Conditioners
(WBGZ, 6/12/15)
Ameren has donated 100 window air conditioners that will be distributed by the Madison County Community Development office. 
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Delta Dental recognizes SIU dental school students
(Alton Telegraph, 6/14/15)
A pair of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine students have been awarded $2,500 grants respectively from Delta Dental of Illinois for their commitment to improve oral health in Illinois.
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Economic development website goes forward

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 6/22/2015)
When Walt Williams was hired by the city of Edwardsville as its first dedicated Economic and Community Development Director, his task was to encourage growth.

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Rocket Fizz launching first metro-east store
(Belleville News Democrat, 6/15/15)
A soda, candy and gag gift chain is opening its first metro-east store this week in Fairview Heights.
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Leadership Council members associated
with projects
 in this issue 
St. Louis Regional Chamber


Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly 

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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