Nov. 4 , 2013

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The temperatures may have fallen but we're seeing no drop off in the amount of good news coming out of the Metro East in recent weeks. This edition of NewsLink includes links to several great articles that are part of this week's extensive Southwestern Illinois section in the St. Louis Business Journal, as well as updates on a new development coming to University Park and a sampling of the coverage about the hiring of key consultants by the Scott Air Force Base Task Force as we gear up for work that lies ahead in our effort to preserve and grow Scott AFB.


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Granite City: $1 billion in new investments (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2013) 

In the past six years, new investments in the private and public sectors in Granite City have topped $1 billion. More than 90 percent of those investments have been made by private businesses, with the rest coming from public funds, according to Jonathon Ferry, economic development director for the city.The investments have resulted in more than 600 new jobs, bringing the total number of jobs in the city to nearly 15,000, according to Ferry. (Read more) Relocates to SIUE's University Park (SIUE News Archives, Oct. 10, 2013)  

University Park at SIUE announced that has relocated its operations from downtown St Louis to the University Park Small Business Accelerator at 195 University Park Drive in Edwardsville. is an ecommerce website development service that enables individuals and businesses to own and operate online stores. (Read more)  


America's Central Port moves industry by road, rail and river (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2013)

With an annual economic impact of $282 million in Madison County, America's Central Port has come a long way since 2000. The port has grown from 10 tenants to more than 70 since that time and private investments at the port have reached $300 million, said Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the port's executive director. This is largely due to its modular transportation infrastructure that connects highways, railways, and the Mississippi River. (Read more)  

St. Louis area industrial market eyes 'explosive growth' (St. Louis Business Journal, Oct. 25, 2013) 

St. Louis' industrial real estate market has reached a critical mass, which means several submarkets are primed for an "explosion of growth" in coming quarters, said Terrence Madlinger, a research analyst with Cassidy Turley in St. Louis. As occupancy rates continue to rise - St. Louis has experienced five consecutive quarters of positive absorption - little to no new space is coming onto the market. That's creating demand for bulk distribution centers, particularly in Edwardsville and along the Interstate 70 corridor, where space is available. (Read more) 


Costello hired as consultant to keep Scott open (Belleville News Democrat, Oct. 31, 2013) 
A metro-east economic development group has hired former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello as part of a consulting team that will work to keep Scott Air Force Base open.  Ellen Krohne, executive director of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, said she does not expect base closures in the nest year but the team was assemble to prepare for the next round of Base Realignment and Closure in 2015. 
(Read more) 


Krohne eyes Route 3 corridor for development (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2013)

Is the $161 million improvement project for the American Bottom levee system staying on schedule? Could Scott Air Force Base be at risk in future rounds of federal base realignments and closures? How can more development be lured to the Illinois Route 3 corridor, a stretch that is already home to businesses generating more than $20 billion in annual revenue? These are all questions that Ellen Krohne has been taking a close look at since she took the reins at the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois in July 2012. We talked to Krohne about where growth is across these two counties and about the challenges facing the Southwestern Illinois region.  (Read more) 

A growing community across the Mississippi (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2013)      

Southwestern Illinois, especially Madison and St. Clair counties, are in a major growth spurt. From population to median income and higher education, Southwestern Illinois has seen significant improvements in the past decade. (Read more)


After Scott Air Force Base, health care drives employment (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 1, 2013)  

While Scott Air Force Base continues to be the main economic driver of Southwestern Illinois, we also checked in with several other top employers in the area. Scott Air Force Base, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Memorial Hospital share how employment has changed over the past year. (Read more) 

In Other News

Leadership Council plans investment campaign (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Oct. 31, 2013)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois recently announced it is entering the public phase of its "One Voice. United for Growth." investment campaign aimed at generating $3.2 million to support the Council's most critical programs as it ramps up the economic development engine in Southwestern Illinois.  Working quietly behind the scenes in recent months, the Leadership Council has already secured commitments for over $850,000, enabling it to enter this phase of the campaign with more than 25 percent of the total goal already secured. 

Among the largest donors to date are Madison County, St. Clair County, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP), the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Illinois American Water, Enterprise Holdings, Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, The BANK of Edwardsville, Holland Construction Services, Impact Strategies,  Ameren, the Regional Business Council, Americas Central Port, Phillips 66, Metro East Industries, First Clover Leaf Bank, The Korte Co.,  J.F. Electric, BRiC Partnership, LLC, Hortica, East County Enterprises, Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors, Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates, The Hauser Group, SCI Engineering, Inc., Community First Bank, Oates Associates, Inc., Bank of O'Fallon, NAI DESCO, Terra Properties, and Huntleigh Securities. 

Additional donors who have contributed to the campaign's early success include Validus Business Strategies, The Village of Troy, Heartlands Conservancy, Cecil Management Group, Louer Facility Planning, Raifort Properties, Plocher Construction, Johnson Properties, Eagle Marine, Barber Murphy Group, Inc., Miller & Maack General Contractors, Inc. and Rhutasel and Associates.


Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue 

SunCoke Energy

America's Central Port Logo

Madison County IL

St. Clair County Seal

Memorial Hospital


The extensive list of Leadership Council members supporting our investment campaign as of the end of October is included as part of the summary under
In Other News.

Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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