March 3, 2014

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As another round of severe winter weather pounds the Southwestern Illinois region, development and growth continue to move ever forward! A lot of positive things are happening in the region keeping a smile on our face despite the cold temperatures. It is exciting to see what will happen once spring arrives.

Read on for more and have a great week!




Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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'Build, build, build': Biden touts stimulus successes in metro-east visit (Belleville News Democrat, 2/19/14)

Toward the end of a 30-minute speech Wednesday before about 300 eager supporters, Vice President Joe Biden touted projects like the expansion of America's Central Port harbor as a key reason he's optimistic about America's future. (Read More)



Lawmakers: Manufacturing partnership will bring jobs to Illinois 

(Belleville News Democrat, 2/23/14)

Illinois and Michigan leaders announced Sunday that a $70 million grant and $250 million of private investment will create a digital manufacturing and design innovation institute that will be organized by the U.S. Department of Defense. While the institute known as Digital Lab will be based in Chicago, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart said regional partners will include Southern Illinois University, Boeing, Southwestern Illinois College and General Dynamics. A second institute will be based in Canton, Mich. near Detroit.  (Read More)



St. Anthony's Health Center unveils new ER (, 2/25/14)

St. Anthony's Health Center Tuesday unveiled its completely renovated ER amongst cheers and community support. The department features an all-new waiting and conference area and also includes a "results pending" area, a trend being seen more and more across the country, says Diane Schuette, AVP, Marketing and Directing at St. Anthony's. (Read More)



Alton Memorial Convenient Care opening March 3 (The Telegraph, 3/1/14)

Getting the right care in the right setting is more important than ever before. Alton Memorial Convenient Care is scheduled to open Monday, March 3. The care center, located at 5520B Godfrey Road, will offer urgent treatment for non-acute medical issues. The medical team is ready to administer immediate, same-day attention. No appointments are necessary. (Read More)


Board approves SIUE improvements (, 2/21/14)

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees recently approved budgets worth nearly $5 million to complete three separate projects on the Edwardsville campus, according to a press release. (Read More)


Land trust supports port district expansion (, 2/24/14)

With more townships voting to join the Tri City Regional Port District, the Great Rivers Land Trust is also getting behind the effort.  The district has been lobbying area township boards over the past month or so as it gets ready to take its case to Springfield.  Expanding the district would require the approval of the Illinois General Assembly.  (Read More)


Metro-east nursing homes get top rating (Belleville News Democrat, 3/2/14)

More than two dozen metro-east nursing homes are among the top-ranked in the country. U.S. News and World Report has recently published its "America's Best Nursing Homes" list. The list of five-star-rated nursing homes included Memorial Care Center, located on the Memorial Hospital campus in Belleville.  (Read More)


St. Clair County hopes $500K will lure high speed rail station to ESL 

(Belleville News Democrat, 2/24/14)

St. Clair County is offering to foot $500,000 of the cost to bring a high speed rail station to East St. Louis. The St. Clair County board voted to approve the incentive on Monday night during a board meeting. The local funding would be used for the design and planning of an East St. Louis station in the hopes of convincing state officials to add the station to the high speed corridor under construction between St. Louis and Chicago.  (Read More)



Multi-Modal meeting Tuesday (, 2/28/14)

Another step toward the realization of Alton's Multi-Modal Transportation Center will be taken tomorrow. The city's Plan Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, March 4 at City Hall to review and consider for approval preliminary design elements for the project.  (Read More)


LCCC offers welding for women (The Intelligencer, 2/26/14)

Lewis and Clark Community College's Corporate and Community Learning division is offering females the chance to explore the world of welding this March. This class is designed to provide the basic training needed to weld safely and effectively in a non-professional setting. Participants will be introduced to the most common forms of arc welding and welding terminology with the primary focus on wire-feed welding. Safety glasses are provided; other safety equipment will need to be purchased and a list will be provided during the first session.

(Read More)



Renovations coming to the Jaycee Sports Complex 

(The Metro Independent, 2/26/14)

The Collinsville Area Recreation District Board of Commissioners recently approved $80,000 to make renovations to the complex. The wooden bleachers that cannot be salvaged will be replaced by a more durable aluminum version, CARD Executive Director Terry Wilson said. Four or five new sets of bleachers will be needed, Wilson estimated.(Read More)

L&C sustainability dashboards help make progress toward campus carbon neutrality (, 2/27/14)

Lewis and Clark recently installed two dashboards on the Godfrey campus that allow students, faculty, staff and the general public to view real-time energy usage data for each metered building on campus. The dashboards are similar to those at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center's Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station and will allow campus users to track progress toward energy reduction goals.

(Read More)


Glen Carbon receives $200,000 for bike path development 

(The Telegraph, 2/27/14)

Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced an investment of $200,000 to help develop a bicycle path in Glen Carbon. Madison County Transit will receive $200,000 to renovate an eight-mile segment of the Heritage Bikeway in Glen Carbon. The upgraded trail segment begins at the Nickel Plate Trail on the west and ends at Silver Creek on the east. (Read More)


Belleville expects memorial to be finished by Sept. 11 

(Belleville News Democrat, 2/8/14)

Work to prepare the grounds for a new Sept. 11 memorial in Belleville will begin as soon as the weather allows. The first step will be to clear some trees, level the ground and mark property lines at 1125 S. Illinois St. The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois will be built on city-owned property by Firehouse No. 4. (Read More)




Fairview Heights business part of Make-A-Wish sendoff at MidAmerica Sunday (Herald Publications, 2/27/14)

Pyramid Electrical Contractors Inc. of Fairview Heights is partnering with representatives of Allegiant Travel Company, Make-A-Wish Illinois and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport for a special sendoff this Sunday, March 2, that will see an eight-year-old boy and his family taking a flight to Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World and numerous other special attractions. (Read More)



St. Louis Character: Joe Glik, fashion forward thinking 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/28/14)

*Long time Leadership Council member, Joe Glik is recognized for contributions to the fashion industry.

After five decades in the retail industry, Joe Glik stepped down as president of the Glik's clothing chain in 1995. But despite passing the president's mantle on to his son Jeff, Joe Glik, now 87, still comes into the retailer's headquarters in Granite City every day. (Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 
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Riverbend Growth Association



Memorial Hospital


Pyramid Electic

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 St. Clair County Seal
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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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