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July 2, 2012


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It may seem that the record-breaking heat of the past week or so is all that's been in the news, but when we started rounding up items for today's edition of NewsLink, there was no shortage of articles that showcase the Metro East as a hotspot for other reasons. See below for links to stories about the continuing impact of Scott Air Force Base on our region, investments being made by Union Pacific Railroad and a couple of exciting projects in the Edwardsville area.


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Scott AFB serves as quality source for local workforce (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/29/12)

The St. Louis Business Journal reports this week that St. Louis area employers are taking advantage of Scott Air Force Base's Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) to employ separating military personnel in civilian job opportunities. The military reaches out to employers about people and skills available, and employers respond with open jobs. Area companies can also come to the base to talk about opportunities and often hire on the spot, taking advantage of the extensive skill sets these individuals have developed in their experience with the military, from working in a team to strong reliability. The base provides employment workshops, relocation aid, financial planning assistance, resume writing, mock interviews, job fairs and more. St. Louis area employers who have recruited workers from the base include Metro, UPS, Ameren, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Edward Jones and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. (Read More)

K&S leads $16 million renovation of Scott structure (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/29/12)

Scott Air Force base's 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command headquarters will undergo $16 million in renovations by K&S Associates. The building, which is one of the oldest at the base, expanded five times between 1963 and 1937. It now requires updates due to space requirements and safety concerns. (Read More)

Union Pacific Railroad invests $25 million in Illinois (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/25/12)

About $25 million will be invested in Union Pacific Railroad's line that runs between Fults, Ill., in Monroe County, and Chester, Ill., in Randolph County. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that the 34-mile project, already underway and scheduled to be complete by mid-October, will replace most of the rail and renew surfaces of road crossings. It represents another investment in our region's multimodal infrastructure. (Read More)

Edison's opens today (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 6/15/12)

Edison's LogoA new entertainment complex has recently opened in Edwardsville. The Edwardsville Intelligencer reports that a vast amount of travel and research has gone into developing Edison's Entertainment Complex, which contains 12 lanes of bowling, laser tag and an arcade with ticketless technology. The arcade has games for kids and adults and implements card technology to record points earned in an easy-to-use, green initiative. The high-tech building has free Wi-Fi available and several projection screens to play music videos, sports programming, movies and digital advertising. (Read More)

Project promises proximity to SIUE (The Alton Telegraph, 6/20/12)

Work is set to move forward on The Enclave West student housing development, an 18-acre project located 100 feet from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus on the northwest part of the intersection of New Poag Road and Northwest University Drive. The planned $40 million project will be an expansion of the original Enclave, where occupancy reached 100 percent before completion. The Alton Telegraph reports the new development will be conducted in two phases. Design work, and some site work, has already begun, with the first phase set to be completed by August 2013. Once finished, students will be a quick walk or bike ride away from campus. Amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, quad area, volleyball court, putting green and work out facility will also be incorporated. The project, consisting of 350 bedrooms is double the size of the original Enclave and will be the largest residential development in the history of Edwardsville, (Read More)

Company to expand in Red Bud, add some 50 jobs (The Belleville News-Democrat, 6/27/12)

Integrated Manufacturing Technologies, an engineering company that builds components for modular, pre-assembled manufacturing facilities, is set to expand its Southern Illinois operations just outside the immediate Metro East area. The expansion will add up to 50 jobs. The 45,000-square-foot expansion in Randolph County will cost up to $3 million over the next two to three years. (Read More)

In Other News


Scott AFB keeps 'economic engine' churning in Illinois (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/29/12)



The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois' recent Community Impact Assessment (CIA) for Scott Air Force Base served as the basis for an update story on the continuing economic impact of the base on our region. For more details on the base's impact on housing, hotel rooms, infrastructure and more, check out the story in this week's edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.(Read More)

Contact Information

Scott Schanuel

 Interim Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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