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July 1, 2013



As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it appears we have a lot of other good news to celebrate here in the Metro East. The economic impact of America's Central Port continues to grow, as does Procter & Gamble's presence at Gateway Commerce Center, and a new $10 million health center is coming to Centerville. And those are just a few of the many recent news stories captured below that highlight the continuing investment in our region.  


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Report: Port district has $282 million impact on region each year (Belleville News-Democrat, June 17, 2013)

The BellevilleACP logo cropped News-Democrat recently reported that America's Central Port's economic impact on the region has increased by 36 percent, up to $282 million, since 2007. This Leadership Council member's operation includes a 1,200-acre business park housing more than 70 tenants and supporting more than 1,450 direct and indirect jobs. (Read more)

Alton to obtain grant for multi-modal center (The Alton Telegraph, June 27,2013) 
Aldermen gave the go-ahead Wednesday night for city officials to solicit a consultant for design and engineering services on the planned Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center. In a second unanimous vote, they also gave permission for officials to sign an agreement with a federal agency in order to receive a grant to pay for the project. (Read more

Procter & Gamble takes more space at Gateway Commerce Center (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 20, 2013)              


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the occupants of the recently expanded Westway I distribution center at the Gateway Commerce Center will be current tenant Procter & Gamble. Leadership Council member Contegra Construction built the $20 million, 482,000-square-foot project, giving P&G a total of more than 2 million square feet. (Read more)

Metro East construction projects announced (The Alton Telegraph, June 27, 2013)

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced $4.1 million in capital investments for construction projects in Madison and St. Clair counties. Leadership Council member Keeley & Sons, Inc., will be working on one of these projects, which consists of shoulder repairs to I-55/70 north of Illinois Route 157. (Read more)
Two metro-east hospitals plan $10M regional mental health center (Belleville News-Democrat, June 28, 2013)

Two metro-east hospitals have come together to propose a new $10 million inpatient regional mental health center in Centreville. St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, a member of the Leadership Council, announced plans to combine their services and create a new 30-bed behavioral health services center at the Centreville hospital. (Read more)

More than $1.8 million in road projects set to begin in St. Clair County ( Belleville News-Democrat, June 20, 2013)

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, more than $1.8 million in road projects funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! Program will soon begin in Shiloh, Collinsville and rural St. Clair County. (Read more)

State money funds more than $4.1M in road, bike trail projects (Belleville News-Democrat,
June 27, 2013)

State money from the sale of bonds will fund more than $4.1 million in road and bike trail projects, along with replacing about $780,000 worth of windows at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, a member of the Leadership Council. The projects are part of Gov. Pat Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which has funded capital projects for six years. (Read more


Dental business planned for Oakwood Plaza (The Alton Telegraph, June 17, 2013)   

Leadership Council member Holland Construction Services will help construct a new 5,745-square-foot building in AltonHolland Logo that will house national dental chain Aspen Dental and a second tenant, that has yet to be determined. According to The Alton Telegraph, the new building will be located off Homer Adams Park  way in the front out-lot at Oakwood Plaza and is expected to open by early 2014.(Read more)

Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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