September 29, 2014

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There are many good news stories in this edition. The Good NewsLink starts with an announcement regarding Scott Air Force Base being selected as a finalist for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Also included are articles featuring education and new projects. 

 Read on to learn about more exciting news and opportunities. 


Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Scott AFB among 10 finalists for Command Operations

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/2014)

U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, announced today that Scott Air Force Base has been selected as a finalist for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. 



High-speed rail project on schedule

(Advantage News, 9/23/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn Monday marked a milestone in the construction of high-speed rail track work between Chicago and St. Louis.
(Read More)



Gateway Motorsports Park owner reflects on first year in driver's seat

(BND, 9/29/14)

 With the first year of racing and events in the rear view mirror, Gateway Motorsports Park President Curtis Francois said he is excited as he looks down the road to the future.
(Read More)



Highland offering big bucks for innovative startups

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/2014)

City of Highland officials today announced plans for an innovative competition designed to identify and reward startup companies that utilize technology to develop and market products or services.
(Read More)



SWIC honored as military-friendly school

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 9/2/2014)

Southwestern Illinois College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leading media group for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

(Read More)





College Renovating Alton Facility

(WBGZ Radio, 9/26/2014)

Lewis & Clark Community College is investing about $4.2-million in construction and renovation at its facility in Alton's Midtown neighborhood.

(Read More)



Leadership Council, Belle-Scott Committee and Scott Air Force Base Team Up For Networking Event For Separating Military Members

(, 9/26/2014)

Thursday night, more than 70 military members transitioning from postings at Scott Air Force Base participated in a unique networking event co-sponsored by the Belle-Scott Committee and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois to match these highly trained individuals with local job openings.

(Read More)



Sitton Energy Solutions completes project on Alton Middle School

(The Telegraph, 9/25/2014)

Sitton Energy Solutions recently announced the completion of energy efficiency projects at 11 different medical, educational and administration buildings in the region, totaling 1.39 million square feet.

(Read More)



Swansea gets $86K for fire equipment; Herrin $14K toward police car

(Illinois Business Journal, 9/2014)

U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart, D-Belleville had good news for a couple of local communities in recent days in the form of grants to assist public services. He visited the Swansea Fire Department Tuesday to make a special presentation announcing an $86,180 a grant from the Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program for $86,180.

(Read More)





Edwardsville takes early step toward new police and fire headquarters

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 9/18/2014)

The Edwardsville City Council approved a proposal Tuesday night for pre-design architectural services for a joint police and fire department headquarters and a fire department substation.

(Read More)




Father McGivney to break ground on new school building Monday

(Belleville News Democrat, 9/22/2014)

With a growing student population, Father McGivney Catholic High School in Maryville is running out of space at it location at St. John Neumann Catholic School.

(Read More)



Manager Touts Airport's Economic Impact

(WBGZ Radio, 9/28/2014)

With the facility's main tenant expanding it's size and staff and a successful restaurant operating on its' grounds, the manager of St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto is touting the economic impact the facility has on the region. David Miller says West Star Aviation has opened a new 40,000 square foot hanger and added 40 jobs in the last few months.

(Read More)



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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