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March 18, 2013

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Infrastructure appears to a common theme running through several of the stories in this edition of NewsLink, from the investments being made in Collinsville's streets and the dollars being pumped into well water projects in Edwardsville, to the role our river ports are playing in attracting additional investments to our region. Read on for more on these and other good news about the Metro East.


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St. Louis region seeks ways to reconnect its economy with the river (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 10, 2013)

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A recent article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights opportunities fo
r economic advancement along the Mississippi River. The article features Leadership Council member America's Central Port,  and work being done there, including the $30 million south harbor project. Investments along the river by Bunge North America and Cahokia-based American Milling were also mentioned. (Read More)  


School board approves addition to Red Bud High School (Belleville News-Democrat, March 5, 2013)


According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Red Bud High School will be getting a $7 million addition, complete with three state-of-the-art science labs and a large gymnasium. Leadership Council members Holland Construction Services and Ittner Architects have been hired to serve as the construction manager and architect, respectively. The construction timeframe is still undetermined, but the Red Bud School District hopes to have the project completed by middle of the 2014-2015 school year. The project will be funded through the school district's reserves.(Read More)


11 big projects on the burners for Collinsville in 2013 (Belleville News-Democrat, March 6, 2013)


The Belleville News-Democrat recently featured 11 Collinsville street projects, many of which are set to break ground this year. Several streets have been deemed necessary to renovate by Collinsville's Streets Department. In total, the projects will cost $8.28 million and consist of new sidewalks, widened intersections, curb restoration, draining, bridge replacement, and resurfacing. All but one project is supported mostly by federal funds with the remaining paid for by TIF funds. Several projects are already underway with some waiting for approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation.  (Read More)


Well Project to begin in May (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 12, 2013)


The Edwardsville City Council recently approved awards for two infrastructure projects. Work on the  east well raw water transmission main and finish water main project will begin in May. The project, which will cost approximately $960,000, consists of installing a well water transmission main from the SIUE well field to the water treatment plant, with water lines constructed on Street Car Road, Wanda Road and Hartzel Lane in Edwardsville. Leadership Council member Crawford, Murphy & Tilly was chosen as the construction engineer on the project. M Street, from Ritter St. to Schiller Ave. in Edwardsville, will also be getting improvements, with the road work set to start mid- to late- April. The $429,000 project will include new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, asphalt resurfacing and a reconstructed storm sewer and is being funded through a $100,000 grant from Madison County Community Development with the rest being paid out of the Capital Improvement Program Fund.(Read More)


Industrial Markets on Slow Road to Recovery (St. Louis Business Journal, March 1, 2013)


A recent report by the St. Louis Business Journal shows that the industrial sector is rebounding across the region, with the Metro East faring particularly well. With only a five percent vacancy rate, the Metro East region is one of the St. Louis region's strongest submarkets for the industrial sector. The article notes that building sales and lease rates were up in the past year across the region, and vacancy rates are also slowly decreasing.(Read More)


SIUE Art and Design addition ribbon-cutting set for March 21 (The Telegraph, March 11, 2013)


According to The Alton Telegraph, SIUE will be opening its

Art & Design building to the public on Thursday, March 21. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m., and the event will last until 6:30 p.m. The $15.3 million project consisted of renovating the existing building and creating a 29,000-square-foot addition. The new space consists of an art gallery, additional office space, graduate student studio space and classrooms. (Read More)



Mike Shannon's new Edwardsville restaurant to open Friday (St. Louis Business Journal, March 12, 2013)


According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the new 5,000-square-foot Mike Shannon's Grill recently opened at 871 S. Arbor Vitae in Edwardsville. The upscale-casual restaurant includes seating for 130 patrons inside and 30 on the patio. The menu will have burgers, sandwiches, and salads as well as additional entrees. (Read More



In Other News



R.P. Lumber's Plummer pays $1 million for retail center (St. Louis Business Journal, March 5, 2013)

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Robert Plummer, head of Leadership Council member R.P. Lumber Co. and Plummer Cos., has acquired a 10,300-square-foot retail center located at 729 W. Highway 50 in O'Fallon. Plummer's company, Blue Land, LLC paid nearly $1.1 million for the property, which houses an H&R Block, Dominos, China King and three other tenants. The property will be managed by Plummer Johnson Group, which Plummer co-owns.(Read More)




Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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