September 15, 2014

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Join us in celebrating the one year anniversary of the Scott Patriot Program. There are 650 Patriots in the program already. Please join the program, it's free, easy, and helps our military. 


This edition also touches on education and entrepreneurship in Southwestern Illinois. Read on to learn about more exciting news and opportunities. 


Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Governor Quinn Announces $3.8 Million Investment in Lewis and Clark Community College

(Riverbender, 8/27/14) 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced capital investments of $3.8 million in Lewis and Clark Community College's Godfrey campus.

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Scott Patriot Program grows in first year

(Advantage News, 9/14)

The Scott Patriot Program turned one year old on Thursday.

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Justine Petersen lending program to be expanded throughout Southern Illinois

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this week that St. Louis-based microlender Justine Petersen will expand its service territory to include 73 counties across central and southern Illinois.

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Manufacturer Relocating to Jerseyville

(WBGZ Radio, 8/28/14)

A pair of Alton High School graduates is moving their manufacturing company from its current location in Earth City, Missouri to a new facility in Jerseyville. 

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SIUE sets new freshman enrollment record

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/14)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Fall 2014 semester features a record freshman class of 2,126 students.

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County OKs Lindenwood's plan for new track facility

(Belleville News Democrat, 8/25/14)

The St. Clair County Board has OK'd Lindenwood University's plan to demolish the former Harmony School Building and build a track and field facility on the site.

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State to invest $102M in high-speed rail

(Advantage News, 9/14)

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced a $102 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to improve system performance and reliability on a key segment of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line.

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Quinn announces $4.9M for construction in Metro East

(For the Telegraph, 9/6/14)

Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced capital investments of more than $4.9 million for construction projects in Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.

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Alton Memorial underway with $2 million project

(For The Telegraph, 9/6/14)

Construction is underway on Alton Memorial Hospital's $2 million renovation and expansion of its Women's Health and Childbirth Center.

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Reasons for Scott AFB's No. 1 ranking are all around us

(Belleville News Democrat, 8/24/14)

AIR FORCE TIMES recently rated every Air Force base in the United States on a number of important quality-of-life categories to determine the Best Bases for Airmen.

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St. Louis Regional to share in airport funds

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

Gov. Pat Quinn today announced investments totaling $9.4 million for construction projects at Illinois airports, including one at St. Louis Regional in Bethalto.

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Edwardsville excited for opening of aquatic center

(Alton Telegraph, 9/12/14)

Edwardsville School District Superintendent Ed Hightower said it is an "exciting time" for the district and the St. Louis metro east region in advance of the opening of the district's new aquatic center.

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Industrial tenants scramble for building space

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/14/14)

The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it's heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way.

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Impact Strategies builds Friar Tuck store in Edwardsville

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 9/5/14)

Fairview Heights-based construction-management firm Impact Strategies Inc. is building a Friar Tuck beverage store at 6715 Goshen Road in Edwardsville.

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Staunton transport business plans to expand following grant-funded infrastructure work

(Illinois Business Journal, 8/14)

A $625,000 grant awarded to the city of Staunton for infrastructure upgrades is paving the way for a local business, TDS Transport Inc., to expand and create new jobs.

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Water line, park and local landmark improvements and maintenance under way

(Advantage News, 9/14)

Illinois American Water is going to be busy in the local area the next few weeks.

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 In other news:


Job fair planned in Collinsville

(For the Intelligencer, 9/6/14)

Individuals from across the St. Louis region in search of new career opportunities are encouraged to make plans to attend the upcoming Jobs Plus 2014 Jobs Fair.

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'You just know': Well-known metro-east banker ready to step away

(BND 9/8/14)

Tom Holloway will step down and retire next May after a decade as the president and chief executive officer of The Bank of Edwardsville.

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Q&A with Rich Sauget Sr., president of East County Enterprises

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/14)

When did you open Sauget Business Park for development?

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SIUE Grant covers teacher training

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 9/8/14)

The National Science Foundation has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a five-year, $1 million grant to train middle and high school math teachers to serve in high-needs urban and renewal communities in southwestern Illinois.

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

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Lindenwood U


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Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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