September 28, 2015

Manufacturing is one of Southwestern Illinois's economic engines. In the next 5 years, 1,500 workers will be needed. 1,200 jobs will also be opening in the trades that support our manufacturers. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Manufacturing Steering Committee, with our regional Workforce Investment Boards launched a campaign to attract entry level workers to these jobs. The "Manufacture Your Future" and "Craft Your Future" campaigns are underway now.

There are many Leadership Council members listed in the good news coming out of Southwestern Illinois these past couple weeks, congrats to all!  Enjoy reading this edition and have a great week.

Ellen Krohne
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Manufacturing jobs on the rise
(The Telegraph, 9/14/15)  
Nearly 3,000 jobs will be opening in the manufacturing sector of Southwestern Illinois in the next five years, and businesses are worried they will be unable to fill them.

Ground Breaks for Multi Modal Center
(WBGZ Radio, 9/21/15)
Yesterday marked the beginning of a new wave of transportation, including a higher speed rail, to not only the River Bend but to the county and the state.

IDOT to hold meetings on multi-year highway improvements 
(Illinois Business Journal, 09/2015)
The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking the public to participate in meetings being held throughout the state to help develop the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017-2022 Multi-Year Program.

Alton, Springfield companies land $15 million military contract
(Illinois Business Journal, 09/2015)
The Hutson-Hanson Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture - a collaboration of Hutson & Associates Inc., a small business engineering and surveying firm based in Alton, and Hanson Professional Services Inc., a nationwide engineering firm headquartered in Springfield - has been awarded a $15 million contract to provide engineering and telecommunications services to the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

Their view: Export-Import Bank reauthorization would benefit local manufacturers
(Alton Telegraph, 9/27/15) 
This past June, Congress abruptly chose not to reauthorize funding for the (U.S.) Export-Import Bank, a decision with far-reaching implications for manufacturers across the country and right here in Southwestern Illinois.
Madison County frees money to protect itself, profit from river
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/17/2015)
The Madison County Board approved on Wednesday up to $100 million in bonds to beef up the levee system that protects the Illinois county from floods along the Mississippi River.

New Wingate school helping alleviate crowding for Mascoutah district
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/23/15)
Mascoutah Community School District 119 opened its new 112,000-square-foot  K-5 school for the 2015-2016 school year.

Business briefing: Local Realtors moving to new home
(Belleville News Democrat, 9/17/15)
The home of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois is moving
IMPACT Strategies Breaks Ground on Ameren Illinois Operations Center in Macomb
(Saint Louis Construction News and Review, 9/10/15)
Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on a new $6.7 million operations center for Ameren Illinois in Macomb, Illinois.
Marriott lands in Pontoon Beach
(AdVantage News, 9/15/15)
Walking into the entrance of the new Fairfield Inn, a guest will find a comfortable and high-tech facility that aims to fit the needs of working warriors.

Former big leaguer opens baseball academy in Belleville
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/27/15)

Randy Wells is delivering a new pitch. The Belleville native and former big league pitcher has opened his own baseball academy, where he and his staff are coaching and guiding local ballplayers .
(Read More)

Dunkin' Donuts pursuing Belleville locale
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/27/15)
It may soon be "time to make the doughnuts" in East Belleville.
(Read More)

In Other News

CEO Program makes student entrepreneurs
(The Telegraph, 9/14/15)
A new program coming to Riverbend high school students will aim to help students learn valuable business skills.

Accounting firm marks 50 years
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 9/22/15)
Scheffel Boyle is celebrating its 50th year in Edwardsville. The Certified Public Accounting Firm started in Alton in 1955, and the Edwardsville office opened in 1965.

'Value' central theme of Southwestern Electric's annual meeting
(Belleville News Democrat, 9/17/15)
More than 2,200 people attended Southwestern Electric Cooperative's 77th Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Greenville Junior High School, which included breakfast, health screenings, activities for kids, and the co-op's business meeting and election of directors.
(Read More)

IHA honors HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital with 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Award
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/1/15)
The Illinois Hospital Association recognized three hospitals and two health systems for innovative quality interventions, patient safety approaches and best practices designed to transform health care

SunCoke Energy announces leadership changes
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/22/15)
SunCoke Energy, Inc. and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., which have strong ties to the steelmaking process in Granite City, announced leadership changes that they say are designed to streamline management and drive greater effectiveness across the organization.

Family remembers man whose company built Belleville
(Belleville News Democrat, 9/24/15)
John "Jack" Bauer was president of Bauer Brothers Construction in Belleville  Bauer's daughter, Belinda Bauer, said her father was most proud of the Military Airlift Command Center and other buildings his company built at Scott Air Force Base that led to lasting friendships he made with local military personnel.

Southern Illinois University president optimistic despite challenges
(STL Today, 9/22/15)
Due to some of the problems it's facing, particularly with diminishing contributions from the state, Southern Illinois University, in the near future, is likely to look a lot different than it does currently, President Randy Dunn said.

Leadership Council members associated
with projects
 in this issue 

Madison County IL

Lewis & Clark Logo

SunCoke Energy





America's Central Port Logo


Riverbend Growth Association

Ameren IL Logo







St. Elizabeth's Hosp


Belleville Chamber of Commerce   







Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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