April 25, 2017

Ronda Sauget

This edition of the Good NewsLink features articles from multiple industry sectors advancing our region from different perspectives. Madison County Community Development hosted a two-day economic summit spotlighting infrastructure needs and workforce development programs.  As construction projects continues in the regional area, market demand for warehouse and industrial space remains robust with significant activity!
Despite Illinois budget challenges, area colleges and universities are being recognized for excellence and continued support for research activities, such as SIUE named as one of the top 10 Best Online Colleges in Illinois by College Choice online publication as well as being awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. McKendree University received a gift of property valued at approximately $4M in its continued growth strategy. Please continue to read all the positive stories in this edition of the Good NewsLink.  

Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Illinois' Madison County economic summit discusses infrastructure
(Alton Telegraph, 4/7/17)
An update on infrastructure concerns and workforce development programs at Lewis and Clark Community College's N.O. Nelson campus kicked off the second day of a two-day economic summit by Madison County Community Development. ( Read More)

Crevo Capital plans $35 million apartment project in Metro East
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/17)
Crevo Capital, a private equity firm in Edwardsville, Illinois, is developing a 343-unit apartment complex on 26 acres in Shiloh. ( Read More)

Strong market for warehouse, industrial space continues
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/10/17)
The market for warehouse and industrial space in St. Louis is humming along. ( Read More)

IMPACT Strategies builds new medical center in Collinsville
(Riverbender, 4/11/17)
IMPACT Strategies today announced it has completed construction of a 12,000-square-foot medical center for JCH Collinsville, LLC.  ( Read More)

You'll soon be able to get to Chicago an hour faster 
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/12/17)
Wayne and Jennifer Politsch, of Alton, are Amtrak fans and wanted to know the progress of the ongoing high-speed rail project. ( Read More)

McKendree University receives $4 million real estate donation
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/18/17)
McKendree University received a gift of property that's valued at nearly $4 million and located in a student apartment complex west of the Lebanon, Illinois, campus. ( Read More)

Belleville City Council approves $123.1 million budget
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/17/17)
The Belleville City Council on Monday approved a $123.1 million budget scheduled to go into effect on May 1.

Midland receives Fed's OK on Centrue acquisition
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/20/17)
Midland States Bancorp, Inc. says it has received approval from the Federal Reserve to acquire Centrue Financial Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Centrue Bank, based in Ottawa, Ill. ( Read More)

New barbeque restaurant to open in Madison County 
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/10/17)
Big Boys Q & Southern Soul is set to open in Wood River. ( Read More)

Southern Illinois firms recognized for excellence in construction safety
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/19/17)
The Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program recently presented safety awards at their Awards Banquet.

New Comfort Inn hotel opens in Edwardsville
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/19/17)
An official ribbon cutting for the new Comfort Inn was held this month. ( Read More)

Stuart prioritizes local business in buy Illinois, buy America bills
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/17/17)
Looking to invest in local companies and workers, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is spearheading a plan that would require state agencies to prioritize Illinois and American made goods when making purchases. ( Read More)
Senior community Lincoln Park Villas underway in O'Fallon
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/21/17)
Lincoln Park Villas, a proposed 72-unit multifamily community for seniors, located on a 7-acre tract at 1159 S. Lincoln Ave. in O'Fallon, is now under construction. ( Read More)
SBDC to hold business starter workshop at SWIC in Belleville
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/21/17)
The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE, in partnership with The Greater Belleville Chamber and Southwestern Illinois College, will present on May 2 a learning opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and future business owners. ( Read More)
Memorial Hospital Belleville receives Chest Pain Center accreditation
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/19/17)
Memorial Hospital Belleville has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. ( Read More)
SIUE to present Distinguished Service Award to campus architect
(Advantage News, 4/5/17)
Renowned architect Gyo Obata is being honored with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Distinguished Service Award. ( Read More)

NSF MRI grant awarded to SIUE
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/6/17)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a $204,565 grant through its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program for a project under the direction of principal investigator George Engel, PhD, professor in the School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. ( Read More)

New, improved 'Getting Around Illinois' website
(Riverbender, 4/12/17)
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has introduced a redesigned GettingAroundIllinois.com that provides continually updated information in a mobile-friendly format that's more convenient for the motoring public in Illinois. ( Read More)

Southwestern Illinois SCORE to offer day of workshops for small businesses
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/7/17)
The Southwestern Illinois SCORE chapter is offering a full day of networking and presentations for free to small-business owners throughout the region on May 4, in conjunction with National Small Business Week and the Metro East SBDC. ( Read More)

Trustees approve Walker as SIUE vice chancellor for administration
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/6/17)
The Southern Illinois University board of trustees today approved Rich Walker as vice chancellor for administration for the Edwardsville campus during its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus. ( Read More)

Casino Queen brings back free shuttle rides for all St. Louis Cardinals home games
(Riverbender, 4/7/17)
St. Louis Cardinals' season is upon us, and the Casino Queen is reminding fans of its free shuttle service which starts 90 minutes prior to the start of each game and continues until one hour after the game's completion.  ( Read More)

St. Louis named one of six U.S. Cities to Watch this year
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/19/17)
Conde Nast has named St. Louis as one of its six U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017. ( Read More)

Scholarships available for low-income students in Madison County
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/7/17)
Madison County Community Development is offering scholarships to low-income students planning to attend college this fall. ( Read More)

Memorial Hospital East to celebrate first anniversary
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/7/17)
Memorial Hospital East will celebrate its first birthday with a party on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the hospital's Main Lobby. ( Read More)
Your kids can jump with joy at this Granite City amusement center
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/23/17)
Inside of a Jumping Joy, youngsters can run around and play on the inflatable obstacles, bounce houses and slides. ( Read More)

Men's health clinic opens in O'Fallon; jewelry store closing
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/23/17)
Victory Men's Health, which specializes in men's health and wellness, has opened in O'Fallon. ( Read More)

Have a ribeye and conversation at this new Breese restaurant
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/21/17)
Jessie and Brian Pokojski want people to stay awhile when they come to their restaurant, Stock & Barrel in Breese. ( Read More)

Former Metro Sports location being revived as The Max Sports by new ownership
(Riverbender, 4/21/17)
Metro Sports was purchased by a new owner at the end of March 2017, and with that acquisition comes a name change, among other innovations. ( Read More)

SIUE tabbed a top 10 best online college
(Advantage News, 4/21/17)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top 10 Best Online Colleges in Illinois, according to ranking and review online publication College Choice. ( Read More)

Germania Brew Haus fuels East Broadway renaissance with new coffee/craft beer tap room
(Riverbender, 4/21/17)
Jared Brynildsen and his wife, Carolyn, are active-duty military officers in the Army and Air Force, who grew up in Alton and Troy. ( Read More)

Global Brew Earth Day Festival continues to blossom each year
(Riverbender, 4/23/17)
The Global Brew Earth Day Festival at Edwardsville City Park brought in a large crowd and a spotlight to the day with entertainment. ( Read More)

Wiseheart works to rekindle spirit of old Kirby's Drug Store in Jerseyville
(Riverbender, 4/17/17)
David Wiseheart has had a dream for several years to re-open the old Kirby's Drug Store location with a historical twist: a old-time soda fountain/prescription shop. ( Read More)

Want to live in downtown Belleville? Try it out without the commitment.
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/20/17)
With more restaurants and improvements coming to downtown Belleville, it might be tempting to take a look at residential property around Main Street. ( Read More)

Ameren Illinois customers can expect a drop in their bills. How much?
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/22/17)
Ameren Illinois customers will see a $1.50 drop in their monthly bills, starting in June. ( Read More)
Brighten the Block: Ameren Illinois joins City of Alton volunteers to brighten a neighborhood
(Riverbender, 4/19/17)
When storms ravaged the area near State and Ninth Streets in Alton earlier this season, the power was gone, and it looked pretty dark, however, Ameren Illinois noticed it was not very well-lit even with power restored. ( Read More)
IDOT celebrates Earth Day by distributing trees to schools
(Riverbender, 4/21/17)
In observance of Earth Day, the Illinois Department of Transportation distributed almost 5,000 oak seedlings to schools throughout the state in cooperation with Living Lands & Waters. ( Read More)
Alton Memorial's improved wait times getting noticed
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/24/17)
Alton Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department is getting noticed by other hospitals for its work in reducing wait times. ( Read More)
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital receives two Healthgrades awards
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/24/17)
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Highland was recently recognized for commitment to patient safety and patient experience with the 2017 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and 2017 Healthgrades Outpatient Experience Award. ( Read More)

Thank you to the 2017 Leadership Council Annual Dinner Sponsors!


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TheBANK of Edwardsville

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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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