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August 1, 2011



The first day of August finds Southwestern Illinois making progress on a number of fronts. Today's installment of NewsLink provides more evidence that our region is continuing to invest in commercial enterprise, housing, port operations and highway infrastructure. Combined with the ongoing efforts to improve the Metro East levees, it is clear that our private and public sector leaders are committed to building the region's economic success as described in last year's Vision 2020 Initiative.



We also wanted to draw your attention to Cassidy Turley's 2nd Quarter 2011 Industrial Report, which reveals that the St. Louis region's industrial market is picking up steam, with the Metro East leading the way. The report notes that Walgreens recently signed a twelve-year lease for a half-million square feet of modern bulk space at Gateway Commerce in Edwardsville, where Jung Companies also has signed on for more than 100,000 square feet of space. These transactions coupled with lease renewals and expansions at nearby Lakeview Commerce Center drove the Metro East's vacancy rate down to a historic low of 6.1%. 


For more details, go to: ( and click on St. Louis Industrial Second Quarter 2011 Market Snapshot 


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Edwardsville gets mini building boom ( 07/18/2011)

Undeterred by the current lag in the economy, Edwardsville continues to grow with three commercial and one mixed-use development in the works along IL-157. Leadership Council President Gerry Schuetzenhofer, president of Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors, comments on the Alpha Omega Commercial Park in a recent round up story in the Post-Dispatch (Read More)


Housing spree readies in Madison, Venice (Suburban Journals 07/19/2011)

Construction will begin soon on a $16 million housing project consisting of two new affordable housing complexes in the levee-protected communities of Madison and Venice, an indication that developers are gaining confidence that the issues surrounding the Metro East levees are getting closer to being resolved. (Read More)


17th Street extension is closer to reality (Belleville News-Democrat 07/19/2011)

Belleville City council approved buying property to the complete the final phase of the 17th Street connection, which will link the rest of Belleville to IL 15 and improve the flow of traffic and materials through one of our region's primary employment centers. The $4.5 million final phase is expected to be complete December 2012. (Read More)


Port district receives $8.5 million grant for south harbor project (Belleville News-Democrat 07/21/2011)

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America's Central Port has been awarded an $8.5 million grant that will complete funding for a critical infrastructure project in Madison County, the new south harbor and rail line currently under construction. These projects are critical to the build-up of our region's transportation and logistics industry cluster.

(Read More)



Council adopts $151 million Metro East levee plan ( 07/21/2011)

The Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council has given final approval for the $151 million construction project that will strengthen the Metro East levees, providing another key milestone the Leadership Council can point to in its ongoing effort to help dispel the cloud of uncertainty that's surrounded the levees in recent years. (Read More)


McKendree University and others called 'Great Colleges to Work For' (St. Louis Business Journal 07/27/2011)

For the second year in a row, Leadership Council member McKendree University has made The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of Great Colleges to Work For. McKendree joins two other St. Louis area universities in earning this honor. (Read More)

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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