September 27, 2016

Ronda Sauget
This edition of the GoodNews Link highlights the robust economic activities underway in SWIL!  America's Central Port was visited by U.S. Dept of Transportation, Maritime Administrator, Paul Jaenichen, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau and showcased the newly opened Madison Harbor at America's Central Port and received Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation. At the meeting, it was mentioned that the value of freight shipped through the St. Louis region is expected to increase 74% to $483 billion by 2045, according the Federal Highway Administration.
Southwestern Illinois College is hosting it Manufacturing Day celebration on Oct 14 with hundreds of high school students from around our region. According to Brad Sparks, Dean of Career Tech Programs for the Granite City Campus, "this year's event will have more high schools participating than ever before." This event and the many community and school manufacture/craft your future presentations are showing positive results in terms of changing perceptions and increasing interest in technical education.
Also, this edition features Memorial Hospital and BJC Healthcare commitment to build a new $25M medical office building adjacent to Memorial Hospital East Shiloh, Illinois location. Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois, is investing $7.2M in converting rooms to private patient rooms. Ameren Illinois also added an outage detection technology to the O'Fallon power grid and is estimated to save customers an appr. $48M a year in utility costs.  The SWIL region is showing strong signs of robust economic activities. Please read on to learn more!


Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

Future transportation center takes shape, steel beams go up
(The Alton Telegraph, 9/19/2016) 
Most of the work at the future Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center so far has involved utilities and ground work, but now steel beams are rising from new concrete pads at the site.

Port District receives Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15/2016) 

The administrator of U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau visited the recently opened Madison Harbor at America's Central Port on Monday.

SWIC and local companies to showcase future of industry
(Advantage News, 9/24/2016) 

Check out high-tech automated manufacturing machinery, hear from regional manufacturers and discover how American manufacturing is flourishing - all at the Southwestern Illinois College Manufacturing Day celebration.

Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on Addition at Oak Hill
(St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9/20/2016) 
Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) joined with staff and residents of Oak Hill, along with members of the Waterloo community, at a ground breaking celebration for Oak Hill's new traditional care center.

Senior apartments to be built near metro-east MetroLink station
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/20/2016) 
Metro Landing of Swansea, a $10.5 million apartment building for seniors who meet income guidelines, will be built next to the Swansea MetroLink station, developers announced Tuesday.

A special delivery at OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center
(Advantage News, 9/23/2016) 

A robotic bundle of joy is keeping OSF HealthCare delivery nurses on their toes.
(Read More)

Memorial Hospital wins approval for $25 million medical office
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/2016) 
Memorial Hospital and BJC HealthCare received state approval to build a $25 million medical office next to Memorial's newest hospital in Shiloh, Ill.
Second phase of Trailblazer Commons student housing complex opens near LCCC
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15/2016) 

Phase II of Trailblazer Commons, a student housing complex next door to Lewis and Clark Commons Community College, officially opened Tuesday in Godfrey.
(Read More)

IDOT looks to improve safety on Great River Road
(Advantage News, 9/15/2016) 

To make the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway a pleasurable and safe outing during the busy fall tourism season, the Illinois Department of Transportation is embarking on safety and maintenance improvements.
(Read More)

County board approves first part of courthouse renovation project
(Alton Telegraph, 9/22/2016) 
Madison County board members awarded a nearly $500,000 contract to a St. Louis engineering firm Wednesday for renovations at the 101-year-old county courthouse. 

Second Street Reconstruction project begins in downtown O'Fallon Tuesday
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/14/2016) 

Patience. That is the slogan as Kilian Corporation of Mascoutah has started the first of two major road construction projects on Second Street in downtown O'Fallon.
(Read More)

Anderson Hospital invests $7 million in private rooms
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/2016) 

Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois, is investing $7.2 million to convert to private patient rooms.
(Read More)

Ameren Illinois adds outage detection technology to O'Fallon's power grid
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/14/2016) 
Reliability has improved an average of 17 percent as a result of Ameren Illinois' most recent reliability project that has added new outage detection technology in six locations across its power grid in O'Fallon - saving customers an estimated $48 million a year in utility costs. 
(Read More)

St. Louis is told to prepare for freight growth
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/12/2016)
The value of freight shipped through the St. Louis region is expected to increase 74 percent to $483 billion in 2045, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

In first chancellor's address, Pembrook seeks to build on SIUE's momentum
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/23/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook on Thursday focused on both recent and historical successes as building blocks toward continuing positive momentum for the institution while presenting his first chancellor's address to the campus community.
(Read More)

School drops anchor at America's Central Port
(Advantage News, 9/15/2016) 

America's Central Port welcomed its newest occupant Sept. 1 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
(Read More)

See where local universities rank nationwide
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/13/2016) 

Washington University again appeared in the top 20 schools nationwide in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges Rankings.
(Read More)

Expand skills through CCL offerings for everyday computer users
(, 9/19/2016) 

Not tech savvy? Don't worry. Lewis and Clark Community College's Corporate and Community Learning division has upcoming offerings focused on affordable training in a wide variety of computer-related topics.
(Read More)

Grassroots Grocery planning to offer kitchen services thanks to port donation
(Alton Telegraph, 9/23/2016) 

A donation of surplus kitchen equipment from America's Central Port has the managers, members and partners of Grassroots Grocery in Alton thinking big.
(Read More) 
SIUE ranked most affordable in Illinois by online publisher
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/18/2016) ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the most affordable four-year college in Illinois, among 69 institutions.
(Read More)
Cycling for a cure: Bike MS event wraps up second year on Lewis and Clark's campus
(, 9/20/2016) 

Nearly 3,000 cyclists rode the Riverbend for a cure for multiple sclerosis this month during the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride 2016, hosted by Lewis and Clark Community College, Sept. 9-11.
(Read More)

Ameren offers hardship assistance grants to not-for-profits
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15/2016) 

Ameren Illinois is providing grants to non-profit organizations that are experiencing difficulty paying their electric bill.
(Read More)

SIUE receives 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
(, 9/12/2016) 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
(Read More)

Heneghan and Associates, P.C.: Making a Difference for 30 years
(, 9/20/2016) 

Heneghan & Associates, P.C., civil engineers and surveyors, celebrated 30 years in business in March.
(Read More)

Local United Way sets $1.79 million campaign goal
(Advantage News, 9/13/2016)
The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis announced its 2016 campaign goal of $1,794,313.
(Read More)

Large donation to Memorial Hospital has ties to famous designer
(BellevilleNews-Democrat, 9/23/2016)
Belleville native Lance LePere was just 2 when his mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
(Read More) 

SIUE alumns' pioneering technology transforms inclusive learning
(, 9/16/2016) 

With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students.
(Read More)

Changes in LCCC's 'College for Kids' proves positive
(The Alton Telegraph, 9/12/2016) 

Refocusing efforts to provide fewer - but higher quality - experiences led to a successful year for this year's "College for Kids" program at Lewis and Clark Community College.
(Read More)

Grant may be used for governors' plaza project
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 9/23/2016) 
After receiving grant funding, Mayor Hal Patton announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting the possibility of adding a governors' plaza to the public safety facility site.
(Read More)

SIUE SEHHB receives $4,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
(, 9/23/2016) 

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior $4,000 to support youth literacy.
(Read More)

'Regional ambassadors' Riverbend businesswomen participate in seminar
(Alton Telegraph, 9/25/2016) 

Riverbend businesswomen gathered this week to share wisdom and tips on succeeded in business while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
(Read More)

Bank of Edwardsville wins ABA award for Hispanic services
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/2016) 

The Bank of Edwardsville is one of six banks nationally receiving a 2016 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association Foundation.
(Read More)

Halloween stores now open in metro-east
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/25/2016) 

A stalwart of seasonal retail offerings once again have popped up in the metro-east.
(Read More)

Eighth annual Miles for Meso 5K raises $40,000 for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
(, 9/24/2016) 

The 8th Annual Miles for Meso 5K and 3K Fun Run and Walk did its job in one of the best ways possible: raise awareness for mesothelioma, a terrible and rare type of cancer caused by asbestos, and have a great time while doing so.
(Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects
in this issue



  Juneau Associates
America's Central Port Logo




SunCoke Energy
Madison County IL


Holland Logo






Memorial Hospital

Anderson Hospital

McKendree Logo

Ameren IL Logo

Riverbend Growth Association



Korte Construction Logo







BARBERMurphy Group 


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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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