December 2, 2013

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us, but we hope you can pause for a moment and keep up with the good news coming out of the Metro East these past couple weeks. There are continued signs of economic growth in our region as outlined in an impact study released by one local college; approval was secured for a new residential development in Edwardsville; Memorial Hospital gets a revenue boost before breaking ground on a new facility in Shiloh, and plans for a new amenity at Edwardsville High School were announced. Read on for details about these and more. 


Have a great week!


Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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LCCC Economic Impact on Community (WBGZ Radio, Nov. 18, 2013)

The impact Lewis & Clark Community College has had on the community can be measured in many different ways, but dollar signs may be the most impressive. The economic impact the college has on the surrounding area is in the 8-figure range, according to a recent economic impact study that shows a significant increase in the college's regional impact since the last study results were released in 2011. 

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Bank of Edwardsville leads in deposits in Madison, St. Clair counties (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 19, 2013)

The Bank of Edwardsville is the leading depository in Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois, with $1.35 billion in deposits and a 15.96 percent market share. It is first in Madison County, with $1.1 billion in deposits and a 24.2 market share as of June 30, and it was fourth in St. Clair County, with $251 million in deposits and a 6.4 percent market share, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The leader in St. Clair County is Regions Bank. (Read More) 


Sites available at Brookshire Hamlet (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Nov. 19, 2013)

The Edwardsville City Council recently approved plans for the development of Brookshire Hamlet, a unique, single-family home development conveniently located at Gerber and Goshen roads in Edwardsville. A first of its kind in the area, Brookshire Hamlet will offer homeowners maintenance-free living in a traditional, single-family residential development.(Read More) 


Job cuts save Memorial more than $5 million (St. Louis Business Journal, Nov. 29, 2013)

Memorial Hospital's settlement of its contract dispute with United Healthcare could mean a boost to the Belleville hospital's revenue of some $9 million. The increase couldn't come at a better time as the hospital prepares to break ground next month on its $112 million, 94-bed hospital in Shiloh, Ill.
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Edwardsville school district announces $4 million donor for pool center (Belleville News-Democrat, Dec. 2, 2013)

District 7 officials announced new details about the school district's new aquatic center at a press conference today. The $4 million donation for the Olympic-sized swimming pool is coming from the Charles and Sharon Fruit Foundation. The Fruits are both Edwardsville High School graduates.  (Read More)  

In Other News

Levee Issues Alliance supports council's decision (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Nov. 25, 2013) 

The Levee Issues Alliance (LIA) recently announced its support for the decision by the Flood Prevention District (FPD) Council to perform construction work on two levee projects that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has designed.  The LIA is confident the FPD Council and its engineering partner AMEC will complete the projects on time and on budget based on their outstanding track record with the other projects they have managed. The projects in question are aimed at stopping underseepage of about 8,000 feet of existing levees in the Wood River Drainage and Levee District and making other improvements to the Metro East Sanitary District levee. (Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue


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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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