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November 19, 2012

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As we head into the Thanksgiving break, there is more good news to be thankful for in the Southwestern Illinois region. Despite all the ink devoted to pre- and post-election coverage, various media outlets found space over the past couple of weeks to highlight streetscape improvements coming to Edwardsville, the series of recent positive milestones at MidAmerica Airport, a groundbreaking affordable housing development in Jerseyville and more. See below for all the latest news and developments.



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Main Street project measures OK'd (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 10, 2012)


The Edwardsville Intelligencer has reported that the Edwardsville City Council unanimously approved two measures that will allow work to continue on the city's North Main Street project. On North Main Street, from High Street to L Street, work will consist of installing street lights and removing and replacing sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The first measure passed by the city will allow $441,487 in federal funds from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement program to be used for the project, which is estimated to cost a little more than $1.1 million. The City of Edwardsville will pay the difference. The second measure approves a change order for all the streetscape lighting from L Street north to Phillipena in the amount of $260,141. (Read More) 


Business is looking up at MidAmerica Airport (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 12, 2012)

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Another milestone has taken place at MidAmerica Airport. Not only have passenger flights returned, but just this past week, the North Bay Produce facility at the airport received its first international air shipment of perishable foods. A 767 cargo plane carrying $500,000 worth of berries from Argentina landed at MidAmerica on Saturday, Nov. 10th, marking the beginning of air cargo movements through MidAmerica on the trade lane between the Americas and Asia.  The article also notes that Boeing is expected to expand its workforce at MidAmerica to a third shift. (Read More)  


City celebrates eco-friendly home project (The Alton Telegraph, November 15, 2012)


Jerseyville officials recently celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Lexington Farms, the country's first LEED Platinum certified affordable housing community. The 32-rental home neighborhood includes rooftop solar panels and wind turbines mounted over the garages. The project has gained nationwide attention and is considered the largest-scale "net-zero" energy subdivision in the country. According to the Alton Telegraph, each home produces up to 7.2 kilowatts of energy from the solar panels and 1 kilowatt of additional energy from wind turbines mounted on masts over garages. The three-bedroom rental homes are available to families with incomes of $41,000 or less annually and rent for $590 per month. (Read More) 


Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail now one step closer to completion (, November 16, 2012)


State and federal officials signed off on a new draft of an environmental impact statement that will help to further the construction of the high-speed rail project running through Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Bloomington and Lincoln.  The Springfield route that currently runs on Third Street will be switched to Tenth Street according to the new plan.  An overhauled Chicago-Joilet route may save about $500 million because there are fewer road crossings called for, and there is less freight traffic. Much of the project has been financed by federal stimulus money with the state contributing approximately $42 million raised by higher taxes on alcohol. (Read More) 


IMPACT Completes Two Retail Projects (St. Louis Construction News & Review, November 15, 2012)


Impact Strategies Logo Leadership Council member IMPACT Strategies recently completed two retail projects, one of which was an extensive open-store renovation project at the Schnucks located in Edwardsville, Ill. St. Louis Construction News & Review notes that the multi-phased project included wall-to-wall renovations and a new store décor package. The remodel is also designed to provide room for expanded customer services. This is the ninth Schnucks renovation by IMPACT in the past six years. (Read More)




In Other News



St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern receives East-West Gateway award (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 10, 2012)


The Belleville News-Democrat recently highlighted St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern's selection as a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.  The award, recognizing Leadership in Planning and Design Innovation, was given to St. Clair County for its collaborative efforts on a Scott Air Force Base/MidAmerica St. Louis Airport Joint Land Use Study. St. Clair County partnered with Lebanon, Mascoutah, O'Fallon, Shiloh and Scott Air Force Base to develop the study, which is the first of its kind and is serving as an example nationwide. (Read More) 




Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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