March 17, 2014

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Spring is just around the corner and the temperatures outside are starting to reflect it! It has been a roller coaster ride with snow and sunshine, freezing and hot temperatures. Through it all, great things continue to happen in the Southwestern Illinois region. Take a look at all the good news below!

Read on for more and have a great week!




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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Groundbreaking in Shiloh gets work going on Memorial Hospital-East 

(Belleville News Democrat, 3/9/14)

Right now, it is a field. But in about two years, a new hospital in Shiloh will be treating its first patients. Dignitaries, administrators and employees broke ground Sunday on the 94-bed, $124 million Memorial Hospital-East, at the 95-acre site of the new hospital in the 1400 block of Cross Street in Shiloh. The hospital will feature all-private patient rooms, a family care birthing center, an intensive care unit, emergency department, surgical suites and will provide diagnostic services, including imaging and heart catheterization.    (Read More)



Development program moves forward (The Intelligencer, 3/7/14)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that it has raised more than $1.37 million to date toward the $3.2 million goal for its "One Voice. United for Growth." investment campaign to support the Council's top priority economic development programs.  Recent donations of $100,000 from the Illinois Realtors Association, and $50,000 each from the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois pushed total pledges received over 40 percent of the goal.    (Read More)



Cahokia Mounds a national park site? Final public hearing set 

(Belleville News Democrat, 3/6/14)

Cahokia Mounds is continuing its public hearings on a proposal to become a national parks site. HeartLands Conservancy is conducting a series of public hearings on a proposal to elevate the Cahokia Mounds site to a national designation. For 18 months, HeartLands has been working with Native American tribes, government agencies and nonprofits on the feasibility study.   (Read More)



McKendree building boom means school can attract more students 

(Belleville News Democrat, 3/16/14)

McKendree University is undergoing a building boom that school leaders say will help attract students to the Lebanon campus. A new sports training facility, a wrestling practice center and a new monument entrance to the school have been completed. Meanwhile, a major renovation of the Voigt Science Hall and a new student apartment building are in the works.   (Read More)


Gov. Quinn announces $33.7 mil. For road projects in Madison, St. Clair and Clinton Counties   (The Telegraph, 3/16/14)

Governor Pat Quinn has announced capital investments of more than $33.7 million for road projects in Madison, St. Clair and Clinton Counties, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The projects are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.   (Read More)

Design plan for transit hub is approved (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/13/14)

The concept for the plan approved Wednesday night is "modern prairie," which incorporates traditional prairie style as well as modern architectural design elements. The transportation hub will cover about 55 acres at the northeast corner of the former Robert P. Wadlow Municipal Golf Course, also known as 1 Golf Road. The center will include a high-speed rail terminal, bus terminal and bike and walking paths. Officials foresee a regional impact because of the planned high-speed rail connection to Chicago.   (Read More)



Industrial real estate explodes in 2013 (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/28/14)

Like a volcano that has been active below ground for a couple of years, the market exploded in 2013. Consistent with the national industrial market, 2013 was a break out year for traditional industries like consumer products and automotive, but also the not so common, such as medical supply and health care.Absorption in 2013 totaled 1.4 million square feet, a total that is not only double from 2012, but more square foot than 2011 and 2012 combined, both respectable years in their own right. Companies continue to look to newer, more efficient buildings evidenced in the fact that 80 percent of the 2013 absorption was achieved in the Class A market.   (Read More)



15 semifinalists for SIUE's first Start-Up Challenge 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/5/14)

Those companies will be competing for a $10,000 first place prize - or a $5,000 second place prize - in the SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge. Winners could also win workspace at SIUE's University Park. Jim Pennekamp, executive director of University Park at SIUE and Start-Up Challenge organizer, said the competition will help strengthen the university's relationships with startups and expand opportunities for its students and faculty. The competition is focusing on three sectors: information technology, manufacturing and health sciences/services.

 (Read More)



Impact Strategies is building a new First Baptist Church in Columbia, Ill. 

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/7/14)

Fairview Heights-based Impact Strategies is building a new 31,000-square-foot church for First Baptist Church in Columbia, Ill. Construction is expected to be completed this fall. The 47-acre construction site, which the church bought in 2004, was a dense forest that required removal of many trees for the ground preparation, which is almost completed.   (Read More)



Alton high-speed rail station receives funding 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/4/14)

The city of Alton has received funding for a high-speed rail station.

Madison County Transit is providing funding to support the construction of a multimodal transportation center in Alton, Ill. The city of Alton received a $13.8 million grant in 2011 for the project that required a 20 percent match. Madison County Transit has now committed to providing half the remaining matching funds required, the Belleville-News Democrat reports.   (Read More)


Agreement paves way to reducing flood risk (, 3/5/14)

Federal and local partners took a significant step Friday toward reducing flood risk to the Metro East. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, the Metro East Sanitary District and the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council signed a project partnership agreement to address underseepage in the East St. Louis levee system.   (Read More)



2015 fed budget contains money for Wood River, ESL levees 

(Belleville News Democrat, 3/4/14)

The proposed $3.9 trillion federal budget that President Barack Obama submitted Tuesday contains more than $22 million for repairs and upgrades of Mississippi River flood protection levees in three metro-east locations.   (Read More)



Entrepreneurism in Southwestern Illinois (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2014)

The Illinois Business Journal has spotlighted the robust entrepreneurial activity in Southwestern Illinois. Many Leadership Council members are highlighted in the feature. They include Informationworks, Inc., McKendree University,, Allsup, Inc., SIUE, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.


  • Former editor investigates new research role  (Read More)
  • Fostering the 'entrepreneurial spirit' at McKendree University (Read More)
  • SIUE promoting entrepreneurism through business plan competition  (Read More)
  • Regional Chamber is revving the engine of entrepreneurism in St. Louis  (Read More)   


Commercial Real Estate (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2014)

In this edition of 'Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois', the Illinois Business Journal focused on commercial real estate. Many Leadership Council members were highlighted including BARBERMurphy Group, 

NAI DESCO, and Coldwell Banker Commercial Brown Realtos.


  • Gregg Butler, Broker, BARBERMurphy Group, Shiloh          (Read More)
  • Tim Johnston, Vice President, NAI DESCO, O'Fallon, Ill.      (Read More)
  • Gerry Schuetzenhofer, President, Coldwell Banker Commercial Brown Realtors  (Read More)





Next AMC commander at Scott will be highest-ranking officer of color 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/14)

Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, the 18th Air Force commander, has been nominated to serve as the commander of the Air Mobility Command located at Scott Air Force Base, paving the way for McDew to become the U.S. military's highest ranking officer of color. McDew, 53, will replace Gen. Paul Selva, who has been nominated to command the U.S. Transportation Command, also at Scott Air Force Base, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.  (Read More)



Ameren Illinois CEO recognized by magazine (The Telegraphy, 3/6/14)

A leading African-American lifestyle magazine has named Richard J. Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois, as one of its 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Mark, of Collinsville, is featured in Savoy Magazine's Spring 2014 issue along with a distinguished list of African American influencers and achievers impacting corporate America.   (Read More)



Q&A with Georgia Costello, president of Southwestern Illinois College 

(Illinois Business Journal, 3/2014)

The Illinois Business Journal sat down with Georgia Costello, president of Southwestern Illinois College, about the college, it's future and it's students.  (Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 
Memorial Hospital


Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois

St. Clair County Seal

Madison County IL

Coldwell Brown Realtors

Holland Logo

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Impact Strategies Logo

Heartland Conservancy

McKendree Logo



BARBERMurphy Group


Ameren IL Logo  

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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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