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January 3, 2012


Happy New Year!  


As we turn the page at the start of another year, we're pleased to report that the final weeks of 2011 delivered more good news for Southwestern Illinois. Announcements regarding plans for millions of in healthcare investments, coveted grant dollars received to enhance our rail transportation infrastructure and forward progress on key road and bridge projects all strengthen the Metro East as we look to the future. Let's keep the good news flowing this year and we'll do our part to spread the word.


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HSHS pours millions into Illinois hospitals (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/23/11)


The St. Louis Business Journal is reporting that Highland, Ill., is being targeted for more than $62 million in new healthcare facilities. Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is planning to invest more than $47.7 million to replace the existing St. Joseph's Hospital, and an outside investment group has plans for a $15 million medical office building on the new campus. A joint venture team including Leadership Council member Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. and McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has been awarded the pre-construction services contract for the project. And according to the article, HSHS is considering other projects in the Metro East that could bring the total investments to more than $350 million. Illinois Hospitals


Grant will strengthen Amtrak at Alton transportation hub (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/23/11)


The St. Louis-Post Dispatch delves a little deeper into the expected impact of a recently announced $13.85 million federal TIGER grant for the City of Alton and Leadership Council Member Madison County Transit to develop a surface transportation hub adjacent to the train station. Alton officials believe that the grant will help make Alton's planned new Amtrak station the preferred place for St. Louis-area residents to catch the train to Chicago.  Alton Amtrak Station


New canal bridge construction under way (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/27/11)


CoR Canal BridgeThe Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that work is now well underway on a new Interstate 270 bridge to replace the aging structure that crosses the Chain of Rocks Canal.   The project will replace the two-lane canal bridge with a new four-lane, 1,980.5-foot span that will be built just north of the current one which is almost 50 years old. The $104 million project is the most expensive project ever for the Illinois Department of Transportation's Region 5 in Collinsville and is expected to be completed by the fall 2014. 270 Canal Bridge Replacement



DaVita planning fourth dialysis center for Metro East (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/30/11)


Plans are in the works for a new $2.5 million dialysis center in Shiloh, Ill., according to the St. Louis Business Journal. DaVita Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of kidney care and operator of existing dialysis centers in Belleville, Maryville and Sauget, has filed an application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to open the new, 12-station dialysis center at 1095 N. Green Mount Road. The review board is scheduled to consider the application at its Jan. 10 meeting.  DaVita's Metro East Investment Continues


Granite City's 19th Street Overpass to reopen Jan. 31 (Suburban Journals, 12/30/11)


The Suburban Journals are reporting that, weather permitting, the 19th Street overpass, which closed for a $2 million repair project this summer, is expected to reopen by Jan. 31. Leadership Council member Juneau Associates Inc., the city's engineering company, has been overseeing the project, which when finished will once again provide a direct route from downtown Granite City to Illinois State Route 3. 19th Street Overpass



Q&A with Mark Kern (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/30/11)


As part of its annual State of St. Louis edition, the St. Louis Business Journal included a Q&A feature with St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern to get his perspective on how Southwestern Illinois', and St. Clair County in particular, have fared in the past year and what's on the horizon for 2012. To learn more about what the county is doing to stimulate the economy and create jobs, which industries are poised for growth and how the county is working to become more sustainable, read the full interview here. State of St. Louis 2012


In Other News


Thunderbirds help Scott AFB celebrate 95th Anniversary

Recent news from the Scott Air Force Base public affairs department confirms that The U.S. AirAF Thunderbirds Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team is set to perform at Scott Air Force Base, Sept. 15-16, 2012, as part of Team Scott's 95th Anniversary Celebration. Scott AFB is the nation's third oldest Air Force installation in the country and the year 2012 also marks the 65th Anniversary of the Air Force. With those to milestones to celebrate, this will be one celebration event that you'll want to make sure you have on your calendar for September. 2012 SAFB Air Show

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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