Aug. 19, 2013

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This edition of the Good NewsLink features positive news on several multi-million-dollar developments in which many of our members are involved. A new organic grocery store is coming to Fairview Heights; St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland is set to open this month, and a summary of engineering projects across the Metro East shows continuing evidence of investment in our region. Also in the news is an update on the levee improvement project. Read on for additional details on these projects and more.


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Organic grocer coming to former Kmart site in Fairview Heights, adding 100 jobs (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/8/13)
An organic grocer will be building one of its first locations in the metro-east at the site of the former Kmart, creating 100 job. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market announced Thursday mornings its plans to build a 28,000-square-foot grocery store at the Fairview City Centre.(Read more) 


Belleville District 201 finalizes building purchase (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/6/13)
The Belleville School District 201 board voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve a lease purchase contract on a building to house the district's administrative offices. (Read more) 
Water company to invest $625,000 on water mains. (Alton Telegraph, 7/24/13) 
Illinois American Water's Alton District is investing approximately $625,000 to enhance water service and fire protection in the city of Alton. The investment includes replacing approximately 3,650 feet of 2-inch water main originally installed in the 1950s. (Read more) 
Engineering round-up (Illinois Business Journal, 8/13)  
Check out this breakdown of Southwestern Illinois Engineering project highlights, many of which are being spearheaded by Leadership Council Members. (Read more) 


New St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland to open on schedule ( Alton Telegraph, 8/15/13)

Highland's new hospital is coming in on time and ready for opening this week, thanks to an aggressive 14-month construction schedule that required a collaboration of builders and hospital personnel. (Read more)    

In Other News

'Most Influential Women': SWIC president to be honored Thursday (Belleville News-Democrat 8/8/13) 
Southwestern Illinois College President Georgia Costello was recently honored as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the area by the St. Louis Business Journal. She is the only educator and only Illinois business leader among the women honored this year. (Read more) 

The American Bottom Levee Project (Illinois Business Journal, Aug 2013)
The following stories provide an update on the great progress that has been made and the challenges that still lie ahead:
  • Levee Issues Alliance working to keep project on track for completion in 2015.(Read more) 
  • Husch Blackwell levee and flood control specialists help guide Council through the process. (Read more)  
  • Work under way on levee restoration as AMEC, Council permits. (Read more) 
  • Bernardin & Lochmueller Associates tapped to perform appraisals for levee project. (Read more) 
  • Q & A with Les Sterman, Chief Supervisor of Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council. (Read more) 


Scott AFB analysts figure out how to save taxpayers more than $461 million (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/17/13) 

With Air Force budgets getting tighter every year, Air Mobility Command analysts at Scott AFB, a Leadership Council member, faced a vexing question: How to slash the price tag for moving military supplies in and out of the Middle East? By the middle of 2013, the Belleville News Democrat reports they had figured out a solution that resulted in only 3 percent of supplies being flown commercially, at a cost of $13 million -- a reduction of 97 percent, and a savings of $461 million. (Read More)


Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue



EFK Moen

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Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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