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May 20, 2013



The Metro East had much good news to celebrate over the past couple of weeks with a series of announcements highlighting new investments and new jobs coming to the region. FedEx Ground's new distribution center and TerraSource Global's new office expansion are big wins for St. Clair County, while northern Madison County will see more than $55 million in road improvements, as well as significant investment in new facilities at Lewis & Clark Community College. Read on for more on these and a roundup of other recent news from the Metro East.


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Quinn: FedEx facility in Sauget shows jobs are top priority (Belleville News-Democrat, May 14, 2013) 

FedEx Ground held a ground-breaking ceremony on May 14 for a 181,000-square-foot distribution center the company is building in Sauget. More than 45 acres of farm ground located within the 700-acre Sauget Business Park will be taken up by the building. The center will be one of 500 such expansions FedEx Ground is undertaking in the next five years. Sauget's distribution center is expected to bring 25 full-time and 150 part-time jobs by September 2014, according to the  Belleville News-Democrat. (Read more) 




Belleville Company to spend $5.1 million on new building (Belleville News-Democrat, May 14, 2013)


According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Gundlach Equipment Corp., which operates under TerraSource Global, has begun construction on its $5.1 million two-story office addition in Belleville. The company, which manufactures coal-crushing equipment for the mining industry, is adding new offices to accommodate employment growth. The project is expected to be completed by October. (Read more)
Metro-east parks to receive $1M upgrades (Belleville News-Democrat, May 11, 2013)


According to the Belleville News-Democrat, four parks in St. Clair and Madison counties will be receiving a total of $1.2 million in upgrades.The improvements, which include various renovations and expansions, will be seen in parks in Alton, Belleville, Shiloh and Bethalto. The projects will be paid for by the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program, which encourages outdoor recreation throughout Illinois. (Read more)
Rural road projects in state's six-year plan (The Alton Telegraph, May 13, 2013)


According to The Alton Telegraph, improvements will be made to several area rural roads as part of the state's six-year transportation construction program. In total, projects throughout the state will cost $12.62 billion and will include improvements to roads and bridges. Area projects include the $47.1 million continued expansion of U.S. Route 67 between Jerseyville and the Madison County line, as well as the $8.6 million widening to six miles of Illinois Route 3 in the Grafton area. (Read more)


LCCC to renovate Adult Education Center (The Alton Telegraph, May 9, 2013) 


Plans for the multi-million-dollar renovation of St. Patrick's Adult Education Center at Lewis and Clark Community College, a member of the Leadership Council, have been approved to begin this summer, according to The Alton Telegraph. The project, which will cost $5.6 million, will include updates to the center's two current buildings, as well as the construction of a third building. The estimated time for completion is between 15 and 18 months. (Read more)



LCCC eyes sewer, water upgrades (The Alton Telegraph, May 14, 2013) 


In order to meet health and safety requirements, Lewis and Clark Community College will be making infrastructure upgrades to its sewer and water systems, according to The Alton TelegraphThe projects are designed to extend the systems by an extra quarter mile in order to accommodate for future construction projects on the campus. Leadership Council Member Sheppard, Morgan and Schwab has estimated the sewer project to total between $308,125 to $510,270 and the water project at $202,145. (Read more)

New ice rink and aquatic center may open (Belleville News-Democrat, May 14, 2013) 
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the Metro East may soon get a sports complex that would include two ice rinks and an aquatic center. Nashville-based Hawk Development is considering locations in Southern Illinois since the U.S. Ice sports Complex in Fairview was forced to close due to mine subsidence. Potential locations already considered are sites near the Illinois 159 and Lebanon and Mascoutah exits along Interstate 64. The site will be chosen by fall, with construction starting immediately. The two -phase project would bring several permanent jobs and as many as 200 temporary construction jobs to the area. The complex is expected to be completed by 2015. (Read more



In Other News


State of Illinois debuts new magazine (The Alton Telegraph, May 12, 2013)


 SWIL Magazine

A newly released magazine, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, is providing a refreshingly positive look at some of the regions around the state that contribute to Illinois' $670 billion economy. The 2013 edition of  Illinois - A State of Innovation spotlights Southwestern Illinois as one of the major contributors in a special section titled "Southwestern Illinois: Where Multimodal Opportunities Abound," and highlights several of our region's assets, including America's Central Port, Gateway Commerce Center and MidAmerica Airport. (Read more)


Leadership Council Members Spotlighted


Check out the May issue of the Illinois Business Journal to see a list of several Leadership Council members who were named as the Industry Leaders of Southwestern Illinois. Read more at



Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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