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August 20, 2012


Greetings ~


I hope you're all finding time in your busy schedules to enjoy the wonderful weather that's finally settled over the area and given us a break from the sweltering heat. The past two weeks have been busy for the local media too as they reported on a range of positive developments in Southwestern Illinois. Read on to learn more about the potential for our region to welcome 800 new jobs at Gateway Commerce Center, new investments being made in our region's healthcare facilities, recognition for one of our Metro East universities, and more.

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800 new jobs could be coming to Madison County, Dunstan says (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/16/12)


Madison County voted this past Wednesday to expand the existing enterprise zone at Gateway Commerce Center, increasing the likelihood that an unnamed Fortune 500 company will make Edwardsville the new home of an $80 million warehouse and distribution center. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the decision should be made within the next 30 days. The proposed project would create 500 temporary construction jobs in a 13-month building period, along with 800 permanent jobs to staff the facility. The projected development would be located adjacent to the Gateway Commerce Center in Madison County. The center currently includes at least 20 buildings totaling about 10 million square feet, which currently covers 2,300 acres that are home to several major distributors, including Procter & Gamble, Dial, Hershey and Schneider National. (Read More) 


Fresenius seeking approval for $3 million O'Fallon dialysis project (The St. Louis Business Journal, 8/10/12)


The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review board is reviewing a request from Fresenius Medical Care to relocate its dialysis center to a new $3.5 million facility in O'Fallon, Ill. The proposed 9,450-square-foot facility would be located at 124 Regency Park Drive in O'Fallon and include 20 dialysis stations, a conference room for staff meetings and training, along with a large lobby for patients and their families. The new facility, which will be known as Fresenius Medical Care Regency Park, will replace the Fresenius's current RAI Lincoln Highway facility. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, The RAI facility currently serves 89 patients and had 2010 revenue of $4.1 million. If approved, the new center is scheduled to open by Sept. 30, 2014.(Read More) 


SIUE students move in to Wenzel's $20 million Enclave apartments (St. Louis Business Journal 8/15/12)

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The St. Louis Business Journal
reported last week that students have moved into the recently completed and fully leased Enclave Apartments, a $20 million complex in Edwardsville, Ill. Leadership Council member Impact Strategies finished the construction of eight buildings by Aug. 1, just in time for the fall semester at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Enclave sits on a 32-acre site on the west side of Highway 157 near Esic Drive and less than two miles from the SIUE campus. The development also includes five acres of commercial retail space along Route 157, and the Business Journal notes that developer Corey Wenzel has plans for second $20 million apartment development just west of the campus. (Read More) 


Helmkamp Construction Co. completes Endoscopy Unit at Gateway Regional Medical Center (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 08/17/12)


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported thatHelmkamp Construction Co. recently completed construction of an Endoscopy/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit on the second floor of the Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. The challenging project was completed in an active six-story patient facility, adjacent to a surgical suit, and in between the floors housing the maternity ward and radiology unit. The new facility was a finalist in the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis' recent Keystone Awards. (Read More) 


4 area colleges named 'great colleges to work for' (St. Louis Business Journal, 08/06/12)


McKendree Logo The Chronicle of Higher Education has named four local colleges as some of the best colleges to work for in its fifth annual work place survey. Leadership Council member McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., joins Lindenwood University in St. Charles, St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis and Webster University in Webster Groves on the list of 103 schools being recognized out of the 294 institutions that were surveyed. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that more than 46,000 employees took part in the two part survey process, which also includes an institutional audit. The recognition is primarily based on feedback from the employees from each campus. (Read More) 


Wood River improving 'streetscape' (The Alton Telegraph, 8/07/12)


The Alton Telegraph is reporting that work began last week on a $380,000 project to change Ferguson Avenue's "streetscape" in downtown Alton. The project is currently more than $220,000 under the original project estimate. In 2009, the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program allocated $500,000 to assist the city in revitalizing its downtown business district. Leadership Council member Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab is the construction engineer on the project. (Read More) 


New police commission to help East St. Louis, Brooklyn, Washington Park and Alorton (St. Louis Post-Dispatch 8/17/12)


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past Thursday at the East St. Louis Armory that creates the Metro East Police Commission that will help the distressed police departments. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the cities will maintain control of their police departments, while the commission will set standards, promote better practices and hire more officers in East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Brooklyn. (Read More) 



In Other News


The American Bottom Levee Project (The Illinois Business Journal, 08/12)


Since the announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in August 2007 that it planned to declare the entire American Bottom a high-hazard flood zone, local leaders have done an extraordinary job of meeting and managing the crisis. The August edition of the Illinois Business Journal provides a comprehensive update on the great progress that has been made and the challenges that still lie ahead, as well as coverage of the role Leadership Council members like Juneau Associates are playing on the project. Read more starting on Page 15 at 


Q & A with Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois (Illinois Business Journal, 8/12)


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The Illinois Business Journal recently featured a Q & A with the new executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. Learn a little more about Ellen Krohne in this article where she answers questions about the Council's priorities, her former experience and how that would benefit the Council.  


Read more on page 8 at 





Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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