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June 3, 2013



While the recent storms have been capturing headlines across the region, we're glad to report that they are not the only thing making news during the past couple of weeks. As you'll see below, it's been an active period for several Leadership Council members who are involved in multi-million dollar expansions here in the Metro East. Read on for all the details on those projects and other recent investments of note.


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Construction begins at new Memorial Hospital site in Shiloh (Belleville News-Democrat, May 20, 2013)

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Leadership Council member Memorial Hospital recently broke ground on its new $124 Holland Logo million satellite campus, Memorial Hospital-East, in Shiloh. Leadership Council member Holland Construction is serving as one of the construction managers on the 94-bed, five-story project, which is expected to open in July 2015. (Read more)


West Star Aviation to spend $5.8 million on expansion in East Alton (St. Louis Business Journal, May 20, 2013)

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, East Alton-based West Star Aviation is expanding its operations at St. Louis Regional Airport, a Leadership Council member. Contegra Construction, also a member of the Leadership Council, has been tapped to add 67,000 square feet to West Star Aviation's existing 250,000 square feet of facilities. The project will cost $5.8 million and will include a 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility, a 14,000 square-foot wood shop and a 6,000 square-foot accessory repairs shop.
The expansion will add around 40 mechanic jobs.(Read more)

Grafton to buy 10 acres for light industry (The Alton Telegraph, May 21, 2013)

The Grafton City Council recently approved the City of Grafton's request to purchase approximately 10 acres of land for a light industrial park, according to The Alton Telegraph. The land, located next to American Heartland Fish Products, will be purchased for $18,000 per acre. Some interested businesses have already viewed the land in hopes of operating there. (Read more)



Jack Schmitt buying land in Wood River (The Telegraph, May 22, 2013)

According to The Alton Telegraph, Leadership Council member Jack Schmitt Chevrolet is purchasing 10.5 acres of land along Illinois Route 143 in Wood River to build a new $6 million facility. The City of Wood River is providing $1 million in TIF funds to help finance the project, which is set to break ground sometime this fall. (Read more)


Bethalto district to sell bonds next week (The Alton Telegraph, May 22, 2013)

The Alton Telegraph reports that the Bethalto School Board recently approved the sale of bonds to finance new construction projects and fire prevention and safety improvements. An estimated $2.1 million will be used to upgrade the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems at Civic Memorial High School, while $2.5 million will be spent to build a new intersection and new road entrance to Civic Memorial. Leadership Council member Keller Construction will be working on the project. (Read more)


Quinn: $483,000 contract awarded for ditch project at Cahokia airport (Belleville News-Democrat, May 23, 2013)

St. Louis Downtown Airport, a member of the Leadership Council, is receiving more than $483,000 from the Illinois Jobs Now! program. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the money will be used to grade the ditch that runs parallel to the main airport runway, helping to improve drainage. (Read more) 

SIU Dental School construction progressing (The Alton Telegraph, May 23, 2013)

 According to the Alton Telegraph, work is continuing to progress on the $9.5 million Multidisciplinary Dental Simulation Laboratory at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton. The university, a Leadership Council member, expects the new 18,000-square-foot facility to be completed by the spring 2014 semester. It will include 60 stimulation units, a ceramic reconstruction room, X-ray room, casting and dispensing areas, and will house the school's new fitness center. (Read more)

Rieder Road interchange enters second phase of construction (Belleville News-Democrat, May 29, 2013)

Leadership Council members Kaskaskia Engineering and Volkert, Inc., have been tapped to work on the next phase of the $59.1 million interchange project at Rieder Road and I-64. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the St. Clair County Board recently approved $950,000 to be used toward the     project, which will widen I-64 and improve Rieder Road and Cardinal Creek Gate at Scott Air Force Base. Construction is expected to begin as early as summer 2014. (Read more)


In Other News


Lindenwood names first president of Belleville campus (Belleville News-Democrat, May 21, 2013)

Leadership Council congratulates board member Jerry Bladdick on being named the first president of Lindenwood University's Belleville Campus. Bladdick, who previously served as vice president, joined the Belleville campus in 2009, overseeing the expansion of the satellite campus into a full-service university. The Belleville News Democrat reports that since he has been with the Belleville campus, the number of degree programs has more than doubled; the staff has grown from 13 to over 100, and the number of day students has increased from under 100 to 800, with expectations of continued growth. (Read more)


Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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