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January 16, 2012


Happy New Year!  


The New Year kicked off with special editions of both the Illinois Business Journal and St. Louis Business Journal providing extensive coverage of dozens of projects, investments and companies that are changing the landscape here in the Metro East. These were augmented by news of companies expanding, progress on major infrastructure projects and more. We've recapped all the highlights and provided links to the detailed coverage, so you can catch up on any of these exciting developments that you may have missed.


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Year in Review 2011 - Southwestern Illinois (Illinois Business Journal, January 2012)


In its January issue, the Illinois Business Journal takes readers on an editorial tour of Southwestern Illinois' 2011 business success stories. The publication's Year in Review highlights the determined business owners who pushed through the tough economy and achieved success in a time of continued uncertainty. Among those spotlighted are a number of Leadership Council members. The complete edition is currently available here.


Ameren Illinois begins modernization plans (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/3/12)


Ameren IL LogoThe St. Louis Business Journal is reporting that Ameren Illinois has begun implementing its Modernization Plan (MAP). Designed to provide customers with an improved electric system, the plan will invest $625 million into Illinois' delivery system and is expected to create 450 jobs. The plan also includes several measures designed to reduce the number of power outages and shorten the length of outages that occur. Ameren Illinois


Illinois gets $186 million for high-speed rail project (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/4/12)


The Illinois Department of Transportation has been awarded $186 million to finance the extension of construction on the Chicago to St. Louis rail line. Set to begin this spring, the project will extend the line to Joliet, Ill., paving the way for 110-mile-per-hour service along 70 percent of the route. Chicago to St. Louis HSR


Movin' on up (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/6/12)

McCarthy logo 

According to the Business Journal's Shop Talk column, McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. will open a 3,000-square-foot office in Collinsville later this month. Having completed nearly $1 billion in projects in Illinois over the past 50 years, the company currently has $200 million of work underway in the state, including a $28 million hospital for St. Joseph's in Highland. McCarthy


Building up the Metro East (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/6/12)


The St. Louis Business Journal has published its latest Southwestern Illinois section, which highlights the Metro East issues and developments that have the potential to make 2012 a groundbreaking year for the region. Among the projects that the publication highlights as ones to watch in the New Year are the Mississippi River Bridge and its impact on the local economy, the continuing investments in our transportation, healthcare and educational sectors, and the success of Belleville's refurbished downtown district. Business Journal's Metro East Section


The complete list of stories includes:


Federal funds give needed boost to South Harbor


Roxana refinery charges up after plant makeover


Despite lawsuit, high hopes pinned on bridge


Downtown redevelopment brings business to Belleville 


SIUE pours $117 million into campus upgrades


Hospitals look to keep patients in the Metro East


New Mississippi River Bridge (St. Louis Front Page, 1/11/12)


MRB Towers Jan 2012The new Mississippi River Bridge project continues to take shape, with its towers now reaching 200 feet in height. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the finished towers will reach a height of 400 feet late this spring. Once the tower construction is finished, crews will begin placing the cables and framework for the driving service. The four-lane, cable-stayed bridge is expected to be complete in 2014 at a total cost of $670 million. NMRB  (Picture provided by MO DoT)


Anderson's $16 million recovery plan: expansion (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/13/12)


The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Anderson Hospital in Maryville is proceeding with an expansion plan focused on outpatient care. After issuing $10 million in bonds in December, the facility says it plans to issue another $6 million in bonds as part of its recently approved five-year strategic plan which calls for the expansion and renovation of existing facilities and the purchase of additional property around its campus. The hospital has already tapped Leadership Council member Korte Co. for a $6 million project to double the size of its 32,000-square-foot Physicians Office Building II on its main campus.  Anderson Hospital

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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