June 30, 2014

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New jobs coming to Scott Air Force Base in cyber-security are an exciting addition to their missions and to the economy of Southwestern Illinois. Read on for other announcements and good news about our region.   




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois




Scott Air Force base to get more than 300 cyber-security jobs 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/14) 

Two new cyber protection squadrons are coming to the Scott Air Force Base, bringing with them 320 new jobs and a $16 million investment in the base's infrastructure.

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Lindendwood University-Belleville to open extension site in Collinsville

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/24/14) 

Collinsville has been chosen as the first extension site of Lindenwood University-Belleville. Classes will begin this fall in the 15,000 square-foot space at 1101 Easport Plaza Drive, the university said in a press release.

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St. Elizabeth's gives green light to $300 million hospital expansion

(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/14)

Officials with St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Illinois, are finally moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in O'Fallon, just miles away from its current campus. 

Quinn signs bill to help students of military families change schools

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/28/14)   

Students of military parents who must be able to quickly adapt to a new school district whenever their mom or dad get new orders will be able to transfer to a different school easier as a result of legislation signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn.


Officials: Collinsville primed for development, new business

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/18/14)

Sewer line expansions, road improvements and streetscape work in the Main Street area have Collinsville primed for new business development, officials said Wednesday.


East St. Louis among districts getting improvement funds

(Illinois Business Journal, 6/14)

Sixteen schools in nine districts will launch comprehensive changes this fall as the latest schools in the state to earn federal Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants worth $62.7 million. 

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Food wars: Metro-east grocery store market growing

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/24/14)

An organic grocery chain anticipates opening its first metro-east store in spring 2015. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is under construction at the Fairview City Centre redevelopment near the northwest corner of Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights.

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Wallace wins truck race at Gateway 

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 6/15/14)

Overcoming trouble has been the theme for Darrell "Bubba" Wallace this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Belleville school districts hire more educators

(Belleville News Democrat, 6/18/14) 

In preparation for next school year, the school boards at Belleville District 118 and District 201 hired new educators at meetings this week. Central Junior High in Belleville District 118 will have a new dean of students starting July 1 -- Lacey Schmersahl, who is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Union Elementary School.



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. 



In Other News


SIUE Chancellor progresses on educational collaboration with China Universities 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/14)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe has returned from Beijing, China, where she spent some of the past week on a goal of establishing educational collaborations with Minzu University of China and the Communication University of China.

(Read More)


Mosaic Project aiming to attract more immigrants to area

(The Telegraph, 6/22/14)

Immigration, the movement of a group of people with the ultimate intention of settling somewhere new, is as old as the country itself.

(Read More)


Minimum wage hike, spending for infrastructure part of Illinois' 5-year plan 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/14)

The state agency charged with helping Illinois' economy has released a new five-year plan it hopes will help the state add jobs and build on its strengths. Under a law created last year the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is required to send the plan to the General Assembly by Tuesday.

(Read More)


Illinois invests in solar energy 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/14)

Legislation that was signed into law Saturday in Illinois calls for the state to invest up to $30 million in solar energy to help meet the state's energy needs.

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 
Lindenwood U 


Madison County IL

St. Elizabeth's Hosp







Riverbend Growth Association

Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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