December 16, 2013

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We are so thankful for the continued growth and development in the Southwestern Illinois region and this week's Good NewsLink features just that! It has been an amazing year with a lot of milestones being reached, such as the Abilene Award and the 30th Anniversary of the Leadership Council, and 2014 promises to be just as fulfilling. Stay warm and safe this holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Ellen Krohne

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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TriStar begins construction on $20 million facility in Edwardsville 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/10/13)

St. Louis-based TriStar Properties is set to begin construction on a new $20 million, 540,000-square-foot facility in the Gateway Commerce Center near Edwardsville, Ill. The project is one of the few speculative construction projects in St. Louis since the recession ravaged the industrial real estate market, according to Ed Lampitt, senior vice president at Cassidy Turley. (Read More)


250,000 pounds of blueberries: MidAmerica may become fruit hub for Asia

(Belleville News-Democrat, 12/12/13)

North Bay Produce received its largest shipment ever in a single day when 250,000 pounds of blueberries from South America were delivered this week to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The blueberries were flown into the Mascoutah-based airport from Santiago, Chile, on two 747cargo 

planes on Monday. North Bay President Mark Girardin valued the blueberries at $1.3 million. 

(Read More)


Doctors, developers hope to draw patients to Metro East "medical mile" (, 12/6/13)

Dr. Michael Schifano, an obstetrician/gynecologist, isn't waiting for a $124 million new satellite hospital of Belleville Memorial Hospital to be completed at Shiloh. His Heartland Women's Healthcare medical practice is already building an 8,000-square-foot medical 

office building near the new Memorial Hospital-East hospital still under construction. (Read More)



Upscale lofts, high-end bar and grill coming to uptown Collinsville 

(The Metro Independent, 10/31/13)

A developer with a history of rehabilitating Southwestern Illinois main 
street properties will soon start a project in uptown Collinsville. The
Collinsville City Council voted Monday to approve a redevelopment 
agreement with Main Street Developers LLC, of Columbia, Ill., on the 
historic Apex Building, located at 100-102 Main St. (



Gaming and Leisure Properties Buys Casino Queen Real Estate for $140M (REBUSINESS ONLINE, 12/10/13)

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. (Nasdaq: GLPI) has entered into an agreement to purchase the real estate assets associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis for $140 million. The casino and adjacent land, which sit on approximately 78 acres, include a 157-room hotel, 38,000-square-foot casino, fine-dining steakhouse, a sports bar/entertainment venue and an RV park. (Read More)



Symposium Promotes Regional Goal to Grow Immigrant Population 

(SIUE News Archive, 11/21/13)

How the region can engage St. Louis companies to make this the fastest-growing metropolitan area for immigration by 2020 was the subject of an immigration symposium held Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Read More)


New Mississippi bridge set to open to traffic in February 

(Belleville News-Democrat, 12/12/13)

The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is set to open to traffic on Feb. 9 after four years of construction. The four-lane bridge has been under construction since February 2010 and will carry Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River. A public event will celebrate the completion of the bridge on Feb. 8. (Read More)



Agreement on Multi-Modal Project (, 12/9/13)

Another step toward the realization of Alton's Multi-Modal Transportation Center will be taken tomorrow. The Committee of the Whole approved a resolution to allow the city to enter into a design services contract with Juneau Associates, Incorporated at its meeting last night. The resolution was laid over two weeks ago so aldermen could take a closer look at the agreement. (Read More)



Collinsville City Council approves new subdivision, TIF for two businesses 

(The Metro Independent, 11/28/13)

Ten acres of wooded land extending from California Avenue, between Alice and Eileen streets, will be the site of Collinsville's newest subdivision. The City Council gave Chris Geiler, owner of CMG 

Custom Construction LLC in St. Jacob, preliminary plat approval Monday to move forward with the development. (Read More)



Ribbon Cutting at Dental Campus (, 12/9/13)

The SIU-Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine in Alton has cut the ribbon on a $9.5-million simulation lab project.  The facility will serve as a primary site of instruction for approximately 100 pre-doctoral dental students.  It took a little over a year to complete the construction, and the lab will be ready to go when students return to school in January. 

(Read More)







Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue

gateway commerce center

St. Clair County Seal

Memorial Hospital

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

Madison County IL


Juneau Associates




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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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