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December 3, 2012

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Over the past two weeks, we've seen another string of positive developments taking shape in the Metro East. Madison County Housing Authority celebrated the opening of its two new affordable housing developments in Madison and Venice, the final section of I-255 opened to the public and a new partnership between America's Central Port and Wuhan Port in China was announced. Read on to learn more about these and other developments taking place in Southwestern Illinois.  


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Madison County Housing Authority Unveils Housing Redevelopment (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 30, 2012)


MCHA Ribbon Cutting Nov 30 2012 According to the Belleville News-Democrat, on Nov. 30,the Madison County Housing Authority celebrated the grand opening of the Gateway Apartments Development, two affordable housing developments in Madison and Venice, Ill. The 55-unit John W. Hamm III Apartments, named for Madison Mayor and Madison County Housing Authority Executive Director John Hamm, was recently completed and is located in Madison in the same space that the Garesche Homes once occupied. In Venice, the 23-unit Tyrone Echols Apartments, named for Venice's current mayor, is nearing completion on the former site of the Viola Jones Homes at the intersections of Logan, Meredocia and Calhoun streets in Venice.Both developments are gated and feature one, two, three and four-bedroom single story, garden-style and townhouse-style homes. The apartments were developed by Madison County Housing Authority in partnership with Madison County, the cities of Madison and Venice and Housing Solutions, Inc., a local non-profit. The two projects were funded through a variety of public and private sources. (Read More) 


New Illinois 255 Section Opens in Godfrey (The Bellville News-Democrat, November 21, 2012)


The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the final section of Illinois 255 in Godfrey is now open to the public. The new section, from Humbert Road to Illinois 111 in Godfrey, includes four lanes of new asphalt and an interchange at Illinois 111. The $22 million project extends Illinois 255 from Seminary Road to U.S. Route 67 in Godfrey and will have an average of 11,000 travelers a day. The project created or supported 285 jobs. (Read More)



Metro East Park District Grants $821,346 to 9 Projects (The St. Louis Business Journal, November 21, 2012)


The St. Louis Business Journal reported that nine projects in Madison and St. Clair counties have received more than $800,000 in funding from the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD). Collectively, the projects will represent a $9.1 million investment in the region. The funds were made available through MEPRD's Park and Trail Grant Matching Program, and include funding for variety of projects, including MetroBikeLink extension, the MCT Heritage - Ronald Foster Bikeway project, upgrades at Glazebrook Park, and the College Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail project. (Read More)



CarMax Poised to Reshape St. Louis Used Car Market (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 25, 2012)


The nation's largest used-car dealer, CarMax, has its sights set on the St. Louis market, including the Metro East. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the used-car giant has identified the St. Louis area as a growth market and has already acquired land in St. Peters, Mo., and O'Fallon, Ill. The company explained that these areas were chosen based on their growing retail market or their locations in or near auto malls or auto rows. Although neither location is expected to open for at least a year, CarMax's interest in the area is a sign of the local market's strength and stability. (Read More)



St. Joseph's Hospital Launches $4 million Capital Campaign (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 20, 2012)


St. Joseph's Hospital's "Building for Tomorrow" capital campaign is now officially underway with a goal of raising $4 million. The campaign supports the new hospital of the same name to be located one mile north of its current location. The campaign is scheduled to run until June 1, 2013, and since last November, when a quiet phase of the campaign was launched, the hospital has already raised $2.8 million. The new facility is designed to focus on outpatient treatment and therapy, so that patients can avoid overnight stays. The project has been underway since April 2012 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013. (Read More) 


Granite City Port Announces Partnership with Chinese Port (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 20, 2012)


The Belleville News-Democrat reported that on November 20, the Tri-City Port Board of Commissioners announced that a cooperative agreement had been reached between America's

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Central Port in Granite City and the Wuhan port in China. America's Central Port is hopeful that the partnership will promote foreign trade and establish a network of information sharing and services. The Chinese were looking for opportunities to invest in the United States, and America's Central Port's alternative energy initiatives and other growth opportunities have been attractive. The Metro East port is hoping to tap into China's limitless economy and the container cargo system that is currently used there. (Read More)

Student Housing Project Builder Chosen in Edwardsville (The Alton Telegraph, November 30, 2012)


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Leadership Council member IMPACT Strategies has been selected to build the $35 million off-campus multi-housing community in Edwardsville. The firm is currently working with Enclave Management Group, LLC, to build Enclave West, which is located at the intersection of New Poag Road and Northwest University Drive and will comprise 672 beds. Site work has already begun, and the development is expected to open by August of 2013. Enclave West is approximately double the size of the original Enclave and is located 100 feet from campus. (Read More)


Farmer's Generosity Helps SIUE (The Alton Telegraph, November 29, 2012)


According to the Alton Telegraph, a dedication was held on Nov. 29 for the $4.5 million Vadalabene Center Lukas Athletics Annex on the SIUE campus. The building contains approximately 29,100 square feet of space for Intercollegiate Athletics offices and will house all of the athletic offices, kinesiology and health education research and some training facilities. SIUE's goal, with the new building, is to recruit exceptional athletes and make the university competitive in NCAA Division I sports. The Charles S. and Mary L. Lukas Estate gave $4.2 million for the project. (Read More)


110 mph Service Starts on Chicago-St. Louis Route (Bloomberg Business Week, November 23, 2012)


Amtrak is now carrying rail passengers at 110 mph over a 15-mile segment between Dwight and Pontiac after a successful test phase for the high-speed Chicago-to-St. Louis railway route. The project received a sizeable amount of funding from the $8 billion in stimulus funds set aside by President Barack Obama specifically for high-speed rail projects. Future plans for the project aim to enable speeds of 110 mph over 75 percent of the route, a significant increase from the current 79 mph. (Read More)


Route 3 Overpass to Open Eight Months Ahead of Schedule (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 30, 2012)


The Belleville News-Democrat reported that on Nov. 30, a bridge on Illinois Route 3 near Dupo over the Union Pacific Railroad and Prairie DuPont Canal overpass opened to traffic. Leadership Council member Keeley and Sons served as the contractor on the project, which opened eight months ahead of schedule. (Read More)


In Other News



Meet the leader of the Leadership Council (The Belleville News-Democrat, November 19, 2012)


A recent Q&A by Will Buss of the Belleville News-Democrat featured Ellen Krohne and provided her thoughts on the Leadership Council and Southwestern Illinois now that she has been on the job as executive director of the Leadership Council for almost six months. (Read More)


Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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