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December 19, 2011


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As we were scanning local media outlets for projects and announcements to include in our final issue of NewsLink for 2011, we thought staff would come up short due to work slowing down in conjunction with the holiday season. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised to find that, even as the year comes to a close, there's no shortage of positive news about a variety of new public and private projects in the Metro East. We're happy to recap the most recent of these for you and wish you a Happy Holidays and successful New Year!




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Business news: Medical Center opens new cardiac catheterization lab (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/10/11)


GRMC LogoLeadership Council member Gateway Regional Medical Center recently unveiled $3.5 million in  renovations and expansions to its cardiac catheterization lab. The new 2,624 square-foot space features technology designed to improve image detailing and reduce radiation exposure. Medical Center


SIUE keeps getting bigger: Expansion of engineering building OK'd (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/12/11)

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville board of trustees has approved a plan to extend and renovate the campus' engineering building at a cost of $14.2 million. The board cites growth in the department and a shortage of classroom and office space as the reason for the expansion. The new wing will span 32,000 square feet, and will be funded by student facilities fees. SIUE Buildings


 Alton receives $13.85 million in federal funds for new transportation center (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/12/11)



TIGER Grant logoThe City of Alton and Madison County Transit have been awarded $13.5 million in federal grant funds to construct a transportation center on five acres adjacent to Alton's new high-speed Amtrak station. The center will feature bus bays, bicycle storage lockers, parking and other improvements. Funding for the project was awarded as part of the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program. TIGER Grant for Alton


Glen Carbon sweetens incentive plan for Sam's Club (Belleville News Democrat, 12/14/11)


Glen Carbon's village board has voted to increase the incentives in its redevelopment agreement with THF Center Grove Development, the firm tapped to build a new Sam's Club store in the village. The agreement calls for Glen Carbon to add $750,000 in sales tax rebates to help THF pay for mine remediation costs, which are expected to range from $3 to $4.5 million.  Glen Carbon project


Korte Co. founder gives $817,000 building to SIUE (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/15/11)

Ralph Korte, one of the original founders of the Leadership Council, has donated to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville an existing building located in University Park, SIUE's 330-acre, on-campus business and technology park. The donation is being made as part of its ongoing "Defining Excellence" $50 million capital campaign. The building, valued at $817,000, is expected to be used for economic development in University Park. Ralph Korte donation


Off the ground: Work begins on warehouse at MidAmerica (Belleville News Democrat, 12/16/11)

Site preparation has begun on a $5.7 million refrigerated warehouse at MidAmerica Airport. Leadership Council member, Impact Strategies has been awarded the design/build contract and construction on the 36,448-square-foot building is expected to be complete by June. The facility, which will be operated by North Bay Produce, Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., will serve as a year-round distribution center for apples, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruits coming in from across the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and South America. Warehouse at MidAmerica


Holland Construction Services is building addition at Southwestern Illinois College (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/16/11).

SWIC Liberal Arts Bldg ExpansionLeadership Council member, Holland Construction Services Inc., has been selected as the construction manager for a 73,000-square-foot, LEED Gold certified building addition at SWIC's Belleville campus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Scheduled for completion in December 2012, the addition will house offices, classrooms, a theater, student lounge and student center. SWIC project

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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