May 11, 2015


Southwestern Illinois continues to grow as million dollar projects are announced across the area from Belleville to Alton.  Good momentum is building as our economy improves.  Read on to learn more about Good News in Southwestern Illinois.  Enjoy!



Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Asset spike: $16 million office building coming to O'Fallon, Illinois

(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/1/2015)
A wealth management firm is breaking ground on a 65,000-square-foot office building in O'Fallon, Illinois, that's expected to cost about $16.1 million.

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Scott AFB military members meet up with potential future employers
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/29/2015)

More than 60 military members gathered this month at The Scott Club at Scott Air Force Base to participate in a networking session aimed at linking them with quality job openings as they transition from Scott AFB.

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Saint Anthony's begins $2.7 million project at med building; doctors relocated

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/7/2015)
A construction project estimated at $2.7 million started this week on the campus of OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center to help support the transformation of the delivery of primary care services for area residents.

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Belleville TIF plan near Shrine gets praise, criticism

(Belleville News-Democrat - 5/9/2015)
Belleville's latest TIF plan elicits praise as a "win-win-win" deal or criticism for "corporate handouts."

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BJC and Memorial Hospital of Belleville form 'strategic alliance'

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/21/2015)
BJC HealthCare and Memorial Hospital in Belleville have agreed to form a "strategic alliance," although details of the agreement are sparse.

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Illinois Economy Shows Slow Improvement

(WBGZ Radio 5/3/2015)
It may not be happening fast enough for you, but Illinois' economy is improving and has been for months. 

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IMPACT Strategies completes major expansion for Chelar Tool & Die

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/6/2015)
Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies completed a $1.1 million expansion project this spring for Chelar Tool & Die, Inc., a Belleville-based manufacturer of progressive tools.
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Madison County Transit Phase 2

(WBGZ Radio 5/2/2015)
Transportation has been an issue of great weight for Madison County. As the demand increases, Madison County Transit is implementing "Phase 2" of its plan to improve regional mobility.

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Property work contract OK'd
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/30/2015)
Many of the trees have been removed and the building has been dismantled at the property located on Schwarz and South Main Street.
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New home development proposed in central part of Edwardsville

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/6/2015)
Following approval by the Edwardsville City Council, Infinity Land Group plans to begin construction on a new 42-home development in the central part of Edwardsville just off Governors' Parkway at Esic Drive and Cloverdale.

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Casper Stolle Quarry looks to expand mining area

(The Belleville News Democrat, 5/4/2015)
A proposed mining area expansion at the Casper Stolle Quarry & Contracting Company is under advisement by the St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals.
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Illinois lawmakers seek to boost state's coal industry
(The Alton Telegraph, 5/1/2015)
A coalition of lawmakers from Illinois plans to introduce legislation to spur growth in the state's coal industry, ahead of an upcoming review of state energy policies.
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Campaign focuses on bolstering Alton businesses

(Advantage News, 5/5/2015)

Alton area business leaders met April 29 for a luncheon to kick off a new set of initiatives aimed at enhancing Alton's  business strength. 

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Brighton Starts Infrastructure Project

(WBGZ Radio, 5/6/2015)
The ambitious water main replacement project in downtown Brighton is expected to last through the summer, wrapping up in the fall.  The project includes the replacement of water main along Main Street and the adjoining side streets. 
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IDOT "listening tour" to make stop in Godfrey

(Advantage News, 4/28/2015)
State officials will make a stop in Godfrey on a tour that aims to steer the state's infrastructure planning.
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Memorial Hospital Laboratory receives accreditation from College Of American Pathologists

(Illinois Business Journal, 4/28/2015)
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to Memorial Hospital's Laboratory, based on a recent on-site inspection as part of CAP's accreditation programs.

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Metro East Startup Challenge

(SIUE - 5/6/2015)
The 2015 Metro East Startup Challenge business plan competition is now "live" through our on-line service provider PitchBurner. 

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Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau 2015 Tourist Season Rally

(Riverbender, 5/6/2015)
The excitement was palpable in the large reception room of the Argosy Casino.  After a meal provided by Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and Argosy Casino, the crowd was ready to kick off the 2015 tourist season.

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OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center honored for safety

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/3/2015)
For the fourth year, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an "A" grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
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Memorial Hospital recognized with two patient awards

(Illinois Business Journal, 5/6/2015)
Memorial Hospital has received the 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
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Madison County website sports new appearance

(Riverbender, 5/5/2015)
The official Madison County website is now sporting a new look. After several months of extensive work on a new design, technological advancements and staff training, the new website was recently unveiled.
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Grantfork to move ahead on natural gas line
(The Belleville News Democrat, 4/29/2015)
The village of Grantfork will sign a contract with Ameren Illinois to bring natural gas to town.

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"Experience Edwardsville" app taking shape

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/29/2015)
Visitors and residents will soon have a new resource literally at their fingertips when the city launches the "Experience Edwardsville" app later this year.
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Brighton Mayor Looks at Future

(WBGZ Radio, 5/1/2015)
The face of the Brighton business community continues to change, with businesses along North Main Street giving way to the High Speed Rail construction, and increased truck traffic through town. 
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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue  


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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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