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September 6, 2011


Greetings ~ 


I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday weekend! As we end the summer, the number of positive stories continues to flow out of Southwestern Illinois. This latest issue of NewsLink showcases additional investments in our infrastructure and education facilities. Such facilities are supporting the foundation for future growth here in the Metro East. 


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New booster station to improve water service (The Alton Telegraph, 8/18/11)


lllinois-American Water Co.'s Alton District recently celebrated the completion of its new $980,000 Route 3 Booster Station, which serves Godfrey, Grafton, Elsah and Jersey Rural Water customers. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Karla Teasely, President of Illinois-American Water Co. and a member of the Leadership Council, highlighted the importance of this infrastructure investment, not just for drinking water, but also for fire protection, public health and economic development. (Read More)


Federal grant awarded for high-speed rail work in Wood River (Belleville News Democrat, 8/18/11)


U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello last month announced another $750,000 in federal funds for the proposed high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis. The money is designated for improvements to help enhance safety in the Madison County portion of the developing corridor. (Read More)


Metro-east flood prevention council plans to have nearly $34 million budget (Belleville News-Democrat (8/18/2011)


In a further sign of progress on the Metro East levees, the Flood Prevention District Council approved a budget of nearly $34 million for the 2011-12 budget year that begins Oct. 1. The amount represents an increase of nearly 30 percent from the year before, as additional engineering, design and construction costs will be incurred as the FPD Council continues with implementation of the levee improvement plan. (Read More)


Lindenwood to double the number of degree programs it offers (Belleville News Democrat 8/18/2011)


Leadership Council member Lindenwood University is adding a selection of new degree options beginning immediately, further strengthening the higher educational offerings available in the Metro East. The additions almost double the number of degree programs offered at the Belleville Campus and pave the way for continued growth in admissions. (Read More)


St. Clair County reduces MidAmerica warehouse deal (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/18/11)


Plans for a privately funded warehouse at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport are still in the works, according to a mid-August announcement by the Clair County Public Building Commission (PBC). Recognizing the impact of the current condition of the economy, the PBC has renegotiated the terms of their lease with H Trading to allow more time for the project to be built and scale the project size to better fit current demands. Even with the changes, the project would represent an investment of $2.5 million to $3 million by H Trading. (Read More)


Ground broken for off-campus student housing (The Telegraph, 9/1/11)


Construction is now underway on "The Enclave," a $14 million, 120-unit student housing development near SIUE to serve the growing demand for housing among students at the university. Leadership Council member Impact Strategies is handling the construction and hopes to have the first phase of the development ready for the start of school in August 2012. (Read More)


Also making news . . .

Port director sees Madison as export gateway (Farm Week 8/8/11) recently shined a spotlight on America's Central Port, showcasing how this long-time Leadership Council member is taking on a growing role in the region's ag economy. (Read More)


Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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