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May 6, 2013

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While it would be easy to think that the rainy season is putting a damper on construction in our region, the news around the Metro East in recent weeks tells a different story. Coverage over the past couple of weeks has spotlighted investments being made in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, transportation, recreational facilitiesand more.  Growth in our retail and industrial sectors also is on the radar screen.  Here's hoping this edition of NewsLink helpsyou to start your week off with a sunnier outlook.



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The track has shown such promise: New owners at Gateway plan $20 million in improvements (Belleville News-Democrat, May 6, 2013)


The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that Leadership Council member Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, which been operating since last year under a lease agreement with a group of investors, has now been acquired by the group. The new owners have plans to reinvest $20 million in the facility. The group, led by local real estate developer and former National Hot Rod Association driver Curtis Francois, has indicated that the capital improvements will come in three phases. The first calls for investment of about $11.5 million in upgrading the track's infrastructure, which includes renovating the grandstand and concession stands, improving drainage and adding new corporate meeting space. (Read more) 


Impact is building a MidAmerica warehouse expansion (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 19, 2013)


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Leadership Council member Impact Strategies will be

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constructing and designing the new refrigerated warehouse for North Bay Produce at MidAmerica Airport. The new warehouse will be a 19,000-square-foot extension of the existing building. Having built North Bay's first warehouse, Impact will also assist with the connections and installation for the packaging equipment.  The $3.5 million expansion is set to be finished in September. (Read more)


Roofing systems to be replaced at Illinois Youth Center-Pere Marquette (The Telegraph, April 13, 2013)


According to The Alton Telegraph, two buildings at the Illinois Youth Center-Pere Marquette in Grafton will be receiving new roofs.  The $476,000 project will begin in May and is set to be completed by December.  The project is being funded through Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. (Read more)


Happy Trail (The Telegraph, April 29, 2013)


The Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail will be getting a $3 million upgrade, according to The Alton Telegraph. Eight miles of the trail will be upgraded including 10 bridge structures and two tunnels. Paid for by the Illinois Jobs Now program, Leadership Council member Keller Construction Inc. won the bid for the project at a total of $3,075,742. Construction is set to start in May and be finished by the end of 2014. (Read more)  


Metro East Fares Positively in Quarterly Real Estate Section (St. Louis Business Journal, April 26 - May 3)


Southwestern Illinois was featured in The St. Louis Business Journal's recent Real Estate section. Glen Carbon and Edwardsville were mentioned as one of St. Louis' top retail spots showing signs of growth.  With a one percent vacancy rate, leasing rates have increased nearly 15 percent in the last year. Additionally, the industrial sector in the Metro East was positively mentioned as having grown 6 percent since 2009. (Read more) 

Park-and-ride lot coming to 20th Street and Illinois Route 3 (Suburban Journals, April 16, 2013)


Construction will begin this summer on a $250,000 project to create a park and ride stop in Granite City, allowing residents to take the Riverbend Express Bus to Downtown St. Louis. The stop is going to be located at the southwest corner of Route 3 and 20th Street and will include about 100 spaces. The Suburban Journals report that the project is being funded through a federal air quality grant that will cover 80 percent of the cost.  The remaining 20 percent will be funded by Madison County Transit. (Read more)


Highland's new hospital is right on schedule (Belleville News-Democrat, April 22, 2013)

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the new St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland should be ready to open this summer. Located at North Poplar Street and Troxler Avenue near the Highland High School, the $60-plus million project is 90 percent complete. Two Leadership Council members, Korte Luitjohan and McCarthy Building Companies are partnering to complete the project.  The Belleville News-Democrat also provided an update on the $1.9 million medical office space Leadership Council member the Korte Co. is constructing as part of the new hospital. That project, which will include physician offices, treatment rooms, exam rooms and triage rooms, will be completed by August (Read more


St. Clare Catholic School in O'Fallon blesses its new addition (Belleville News-Democrat, April 21, 2013)


Leadership Council member Holland Construction Services has finished construction on a new 16,800-square-foot addition at St. Clare Catholic School in O'Fallon. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, in total, the project cost $4.9 million and also included renovations to the existing building. Contributions by St. Clare and St. Nicholas parishes in O'Fallon as well as Corpus Christi in Shiloh helped fund part of the project, with the remainder provided through a capital campaign and a $200,000 loan. (Read More) 


Edwardsville comes together to build playground (Suburban Journals, April 28, 2013)


The Suburban Journals reported that members of the community came together in April to help the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon build a playground at Township Park. Designed for children with disabilities and sensory disorders, the $437,000 playground was paid for by fundraising by the Junior Service Club. The playground will have a grand opening on May 19. (Read more)


White brings grant funds to Bunker Hill Library (The Alton Telegraph, May 1, 2013)


According to The Alton Telegraph, Bunker Hill Public Library District has been awarded a $619,294 grant. Awarded by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, the Public Library Construction Act grant will help the library with major construction. As part of the grant, the library had to contribute a portion of the cost of the project. The construction of the new library will cost $825,725 and $206,431 is being paid for by the library. (Read more)

In Other News


Metro East Businesses Among Region's Fastest Growing Companies (St. Louis Business Journal, April 19-25, 2013)


The St. Louis Business Journal recently named several Metro East companies as part of its Fastest poettkerGrowing Companies section. Three of the companies that were listed are Leadership Council members: the Auffenberg Dealer Group of Illinois, Cassens Corp. and Poettker Construction Co. (Read more)


Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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