April 6 2017

Ronda Sauget
As you read this edition of the GoodNews Link, please see the announced Pangea Development of a 95-acre  mixed-use commercial development to be located in Edwardsville, Illinois at the southwest corner of the  Interstate 55 and Highway 143 interchange. The project, named Pin Oak Plaza, will be a joint partnership  between C.W. Byron Properties, L.L.C. and Plocher Construction Company with construction scheduled  for Summer 2017. This new development is good news for the area.
In addition to this development, this edition features multiple announced developments and business expansions,  including the O'Fallon Family Sports Park broke ground for development, Belleville 4204 Main Street Brewing Company production expansion,  Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation opens it's  34 th Medical Clinic in Collinsville, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Foundation receives $1.28M gift for heart center  from the Renth Trust, Alton Memorial Wound Care Center recognized for clinical excellence,
and more ... 

Please read on to learn more about the continued business investments and expansions
within Southwestern Illinois.   


Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
O'Fallon breaks ground on multisport complex in Family Sports Park
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/17)
The city of O'Fallon held a "Shovel Party" at the O'Fallon Family Sports Park on Tuesday to celebrate the ground breaking of the new multisport complex as part of Destination O'Fallon.

Pangea Development announces Pin Oak Plaza
Pangea Development Company has announced it has secured a master developer for its newest endeavor, a 95-acre mixed-use commercial development to be located in Edwardsville, Illinois at the southwest corner of the Interstate 55 and Highway 143 interchange.

Metro East housing industry off to good start in 2017
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/25/17)
February showed a continuation of a positive uptick in home sales compared to January of this year. St. Clair, Randolph, and Clinton Counties all recorded an increase in home sales compared to January 2017.
(Read More)

SWIL Trade Council asks exporters to respond to first needs survey
(Riverbender.com, 3/23/17)
The Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council, in collaboration with the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is conducting its first Export Needs Assessment Survey for the region.

Women Crack Code on Intel, Cyber, Tech Jobs, Despite Growing STEM Shortage
GOVTECH Works, 3/29/17)
Women make up just 11 percent of today's global cybersecurity workforce, according to one recent study. And that's little surprise: In the U.S., women comprise only about 15 percent of engineers and only about 20 percent of computer programmers.
(Read More)

Metro East property sells for $35.4 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/20/17)
A 272,060-square-foot shopping center in the Metro East has sold for $35.4 million to a New York-based real estate investment trust (REIT).

Public welcome to free 'Race through Scott's Past'
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/27/17)
Scott Air Force Base is inviting the general public onto the installation for the Race Through Scott's Past 5K Run/Walk on April 21, at 2 p.m.
(Read More)

Realtors' donation to fund upgrades at Alton park
(Advantage News, 3/23/17)
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors provided a $2,500 donation for the Gordon F. Moore Community Park restoration project at Wednesday's City Council meeting, bringing the project a step closer to its $425,000 goal.
Local craft brewer's $3 million expansion project nears completion
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/9/17)
Belleville's pioneer craft brewer, 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., expects to start production in its new brewery and canning plant in mid-April and roll out the first beers in early May.

Eckert's expands to Kentucky with purchase of family farm
(Belleville News-Democrat, 3/26/17)
Eckert's Orchards is expanding with the purchase of a family farm near Lexington, Kentucky.
(Read More)

SIUE Campus Recreation introduces enhanced accommodations
(Alton Telegraph, 3/14/17)
Renovations are complete in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Vadalabene Center, offering new accommodations that promote an inclusive campus environment.
New gym to open in Belleville, new Captain D's locations coming to metro-east
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/19/17)
A Club Fitness is planned in the former Office Depot at 20 Carlyle Plaza in Belleville.
Poputopia gourmet popcorn and sweets location opens in Alton
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/17)
Poputopia, a gourmet popcorn shop specializing in unique popcorn flavors and sweet treats, has opened in Alton.
New low-cost medical clinic opens in Collinsville
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/20/17)
There's a new medical clinic for patients in Collinsville - the 34th clinic opened by Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation to provide more access to care for patients of all incomes.
Lewis and Clark Community College to host job fair
(Advantage News, 3/21/17)
Lewis and Clark Community College will host its annual Job Fair this spring, hoping to match students and community residents with employers from throughout the metro area.
Crushed Red to open first Illinois location
(Advantage News, 3/15/17)
In just a couple months, Edwardsville residents will find a worthwhile dining experience three years in the making.

Alton Square Mall announces plans for Macy's property, other stores
(The Telegraph, 3/27/17)
Redevelopment plans for the Macy's property at Alton Square Mall and relocation of some stores to make better use of space were among changes announced by the mall's owners Monday.
(Read More)

SBDC series targets business introverts (the quiet entrepreneurs)
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/25/17)
The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is planning a three-part series targeting business introverts.
(Read More)

Fresh pizza, Italian eats come to State Street corner: Nicky G's close to opening
(River Bender, 3/26/17)
Nicky G's Italian Eats has created excitement in the Alton area since it was first announced.
(Read More)

Casino Queen parent completes buy of Isle of Capri casino in Iowa
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/14/17)
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has completed a previously announced sale of its Marquette, Iowa, property to an affiliate of Casino Queen in East St. Louis.
In Other News

Alton Memorial Wound Care Center receives honors
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/17/17)
The Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been recognized with several awards for clinical excellence.

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Foundation receives $1.28 million gift for heart center from Renth Trust
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/15/17)
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Foundation has received a gift of $1.28 million from the W.E. Renth Trust.

Greater Gateway Realtors give back $9,700 after trivia night
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/25/17)
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors raised more than $9,700 to donate to a program devoted to repairs on low-income properties.
(Read More)

Belleville car dealership gets a new owner
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/21/17)
The Buick dealership on Illinois 15 in Belleville has a new owner.
Area Sam's Club location marks 30th anniversary
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/14/17)
The O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce recently cut a ribbon to help the local Sam's Club formally celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Names Joe Jansen as Corporate Vice President
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/22/17)
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) is pleased to announce that Joe Jansen has joined the organization as Corporate Vice President.
Stuart invites residents to nominate local businesses of the month
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/22/17)
Looking to highlight local entrepreneurs, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is inviting residents to submit businesses they feel should be recognized as "Good Neighbor Business of the Month" in the 112th District.
Two Olin Brass execs promoted by Global Brass and Copper
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/21/17)
Two Olin Brass executives in East Alton are being promoted by Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc.
SIUE's Durr named chair of National Presidential Assistants Association
(Illinois Business Journal - 3/21/17)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Kim Durr, chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor, has been appointed chair of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) organization's Board of Directors.
Nine HeplerBroom attorneys named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America list
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/13/17)
Midwest litigation firm HeplerBroom LLC says nine of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.
Woolpert part of $90 million design, planning contract awarded by Army Corps' Japan District
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/22/17)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District, has contracted with Woolpert to provide architecture and engineering services in support of military design and planning at various locations in Japan.
Sessions planned to familiarize homeowners with bulk-buying solar installation program
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/22/17)
A series of gatherings continues over the next few weeks to brief homeowners and commercial property owners on the recently launched Solarize Madison County / Glen Carbon program.
United Way recruiting volunteers in metro east
(Riverbender.com, 3/21/17)
United Way of Greater St. Louis is currently seeking volunteers to serve on its allocations panel for 2017 to help determine how its Southwest Illinois Division and Tri-Cities Area Division invest into the local community.
Leadership awards dinner planned
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/23/17)
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability will be holding its 14th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Leclaire Room on the N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.

LCCC's nursing program pass rates exceed national average
(Illinois Business Journal-3/13/17)
Lewis and Clark Community College's nursing program now boasts an 86 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination, which surpasses the 2016 national average of 85 percent for all baccalaureate and ADN programs.

Thank you to the 2017 Leadership Council Annual Dinner Sponsors!


Presentation and Awards 

Holland Logo


Ameren IL Logo

McKendree Logo

Memorial Hospital

Korte logo






Ittner Logo

JF Electric




Military Sponsors 
America's Central Port
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors
First National Bank of Troy
Illinois State Senator William R. Haine
Jerry and Mary Kane
Phillips 66
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
The Hauser Group
TheBANK of Edwardsville

Contact Information

Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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