March 30, 2015

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Growth, development, and projects continue to be seen in many sectors in Southwestern Illinois. Our excellent educational institutions play a pivital role in the ability to fuel economic growth in Southwestern Illinois. The Leadership Council is honored to salute the educational institutions in Southwestern Illinois for their collective economic impact at the 2015 Annual Dinner this Thursday. We hope  you will be able to join us! For more information please contact the Leadership Council office at 618-692-9745.


The Kickoff of the "get to know ME. The Metro East: I live here I love it" launches a positive image campaign for 2015 aimed at uniting the region's cohesive pride in the Metro East. Expect lots of good news stories as this group of sponsor's promote Southwestern Illinois as a great place to grow a business!



Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



The "Get to know m.e." Campaign Kicks Off!

(Get to know M.E., 03/29/2015)

I'm one of those people who have lived in the Metro-East my entire life. Eleven years ago when I was named publisher and president of the BND, I told our readers, "I'm from here, and I'm for here."

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Corps completes levee project

(Advantage News, 03/25/2015)

The St. Louis District Corps of Engineers has completed construction on the Chain of Rocks East Canal Levee, making it the first part of the Metro East levees restored to its full level of protection.

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Business park development could bring 150 jobs to Fairview Heights

(Belleville New Democrat, 03/5/2015)

A planned business and industrial park in Fairview Heights could bring as many as 150 new jobs to town.

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Unemployment Falls Again

(WBGZ Radio, 03/24/2015)

February saw another slight drop in the state's unemployment rate. It's now down to 6 percent, a .1 percent drop from January.

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Swedish wheelchair maker buys Belleville's ROHO

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

Permobil, a Swedish-based manufacture of wheelchairs, today announced that it has acquired ROHO, a Belleville-based maker of customized wheelchair seating applications and related products.

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SIUE Economic Impact Reaches $514 Million

(Riverbender, 03/16/2015)

Historic student enrollment numbers, significant job growth and a substantial increase in regional expenditures are among the notable findings in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's 2015 economic impact report.

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World Wide Technology eyes $60 million headquarters

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

World Wide Technology Chief Executive Jim Kavanaugh said the company has plans to build a new $60 million headquarters that would support a growing workforce.

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23 municipalities & park districts receive Madison County grants

(Riverbender, 03/20/2015)

The Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission has awarded 23 park enhancement grants totaling $1,344,745 to municipalities and park districts in the county.  The funds awarded by the Grant Commission will be combined with city, village and township funds to finance 105 projects throughout the county.

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SIU trustees approve $7.7 million in construction work at Edwardsville, Alton campuses

(St. Louis Business Journal, 03/20/2015)

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved contracts totaling $7.7 million for repair and renovation projects on the Edwardsville and Alton campuses. The board also approved planning for a dental clinic on the Edwardsville campus.

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DaVita to relocate in Alton, spend $2.8 million on renovation

(St. Louis Business Journal, 03/26/15)

DaVita HealthCare Partners is planning to relocate its Alton, Illinois facility to the Alton Corners strip mall. The move is expected to cost approximately $2.8 million.

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Former Holiday Inn in Alton gets second wind

(Advantage News, 03/20/2015)

The Atrium Hotel, located at 3800 Homer Adams Parkway and formerly the Holiday Inn, is once again under new ownership. Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau President Brett Stawar says he is excited about the renovations.

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Collinsville's Martha Manning building to be razed soon

(Belleville News Democrat, 03/23/2015)

The Collinsville City Council took a big step toward the planned uptown Garden District on Monday night when it approved a motion to authorize the contract for demolition of the city-owned Martha Manning Warehouse and Main Square Apartments, 701-703 W. Main St.

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HUGE IMPACT: Work progresses on Lloyd Hopkins Field for American Legion tourney event

(Riverbender, 03/16/2015)

Spring is in the air and with it talk turns to baseball. Baseball will have a direct economic impact on Alton/Godfrey area this summer when the American Legion Baseball Great Lakes Regional Tournament will be held Aug. 6 through 10. Alton will also host the tourney again Aug. 4 through 8 in 2016.

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St. Elizabeth's parent company explores adding Greenville hospital

(News-Democrat, 03/26/15)

The order of nuns that runs St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville is looking at acquiring Greenville Regional Hospital.

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In Other News


Phillips sponsors SIUE summer camps

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 03/25/2015)

The Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery presented a $20,000 check to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Phillips 66 is sponsoring SIUE's Engineering Summer Camp by providing support for equipment, activities and 10 scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need.

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SIUE School of Nursing honored

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 03/26/2015)

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing received the St. Louis Regional Chamber's 2014 Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment at the St. Louis Hyatt Regency on Thursday, Feb. 26. The School was one of 12 finalists for the award, which was presented by RubinBrown LLP.

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First National Bank Awarded Strongest Financial Institution Rating from Bauer Financial

(Riverbender, 03/14/2015)

First National Bank stands strong in the current environment while many financial institutions are faltering. You don't have to take their word for it, though; First National Bank has earned another 5-Star Superior rating for Bauer Financial, Inc. of Coral Gables, FL, the nation's leading independent bank rating and research firm.

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(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03/26/2015)

St. Louis Small Business Monthly (SBMON) recently selected Matthew Gorton, a Financial Consultant for Scheffel Financial Services, as one of its "Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business". 

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Holland Construction Services Receives AGC Safety Award

(Holland Construction Services, 03/2015)

Due to its outstanding safety record, Holland Construction Services (Holland) was recently presented with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Annual Safety Award.  The award was presented on February 25th at te Southern Illinois Builders Association's Annual Awards Banquet.

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Local credit union presented with Inaugural Mission Partnership Award

(Riverbender, 03/20/2015)

Scott Credit Union has continued its partnership with the American Cancer Society, presenting the organization with $20,000 to sponsor the annual ACS Mardi Gras Ball fund raiser, 15 Relay for Life events and the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk this year.

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Alton Main Street becomes heart of downtown area under McGibany

(Riverbender, 03/20/2015)

Through every season, the Alton Main Street organization makes itself known under Executive Director Sara McGibany. McGibany, full of energy and optimism, said downtown revitalization is the key to keep Alton relevant on the map.

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Plan to streamline business-startup paperwork advances in Senate

(Illinois Business Journal, 03/2015)

A plan that could make it easier to open a business in Illinois is moving through the state Senate. The legislation would require the state to put all permit and license applications online, on one centralized website.

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Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. promotes Chris Robards

(Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc, 03/2015)

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. are pleased to announce that Chris Robards has been promoted to Project Manager.  Chris has been with K&L over 4 years and has worked as a project engineer and assistant project manager on many diverse construction projects.

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue  

Ameren IL Logo

Anderson Hospital

Lindenwood U

McKendree Logo

Memorial Hospital


Madison County IL
JF Electric

St. Elizabeth's Hosp
St. Louis Regional Chamber

First National Bank

Scheffel & Co. PC

Holland Logo

Scott Credit Union Logo

Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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