October 13, 2014

Ellen 2The largest Southwestern Illinois employers list in our top story highlights the economic diversity in our region. The list includes growing companies from Scott Air Force Base, our largest employer with 13,000 members, and also includes manufacturing, health care, education, logistics companies, and retail. Many of these top companies are represented in the Good News this week! Enjoy the edition and GO CARDS!!!
Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



The List: Largest Southwestern Illinois Employers 

(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/03/2014)

Top Southwestern Illinois employers ranked by local employees as of June 30, 2014. Southwestern Illinois is defined as St. Clair, Madison, Jersey, Clinton, Calhoun, Macoupin, Bond and Monroe counties in Illinois. There are 35,185 total number of employees located in Southwestern Illinois on the top 25 listed companies.
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SIUE gets $10 million to lead biotech jobs consortium 

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a grant worth $9,956,011 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

General's job: Help keep Scott AFB open

(Belleville News Democrat, 10/11/2014)

For the past six months, a retired one-star Air Force general has been advising St. Clair County officials in their ongoing efforts to protect Scott Air Force Base from closing and help it grow.

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Belleville committee OKs Shrine annexation; mayor says development coming

(Belleville News Democrat, 10/09/2014) 

A Belleville City Council committee on Thursday approved an annexation request from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on Illinois 15, which Mayor Mark Eckert says will be the site of a future development announcement.

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Department of Labor awards LCCC $1.5 million for Process Operations Technology Program

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

Lewis and Clark Community College is one of five higher education institutions awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to advance Illinois' bioeconomy.

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Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Construction

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

This edition of the Illinois Business Journal includes the Construction Round Up, a snapshot of some of the construction projects underway or recently completed in Southwestern Illinois, as well as a spotlight on several of those projects.

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Alton Memorial Receives National Awards

(WBGZ Radio, 10/2014)

Patients are very pleased with the service they receive from Alton Memorial Hospital according to results from a national healthcare marketing research company.

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Base building: Scott revamps with $105 million in projects

(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/03/2014)
It's been a busy year at Scott Air Force Base with 144 construction projects totaling $105 million currently in progress.

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Booming industry: Metro East industrial market fills record space

(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/03/2014)

Judging by the expansions, the industrial market appears to be a bright spot in the real estate industry in Southwestern Illinois. Since the beginning of this year, railcar and locomotive repairs provider Metro East Industries Inc. has added 25 workers to service the growing rail freight industry.

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Expanding America's Central Port: Could old BP facility be redeveloped?

(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/03/2014)
Fifty-five years after it was founded, the Tri-City Port District is an expanding powerhouse in southwestern Madison County.

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Scott's Air Mobility Command leading fight against Ebola

(Belleville News Democrat, 10/02/2014)
The Air Mobility Command, based at Scott, has directed 10 missions to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the multinational effort to contain the spread of the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.

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Agency hopes to lure interest among Metro East startups

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

A St. Louis-based nonprofit with money to give away to smart startups is hoping to attract interest from entrepreneurs on the Metro East side of the river.

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Wood River OKs plans for new police station

(Advantage News, 10/06/2014)

The city of Wood River will build a new police station on the site of a former Amoco refinery thanks to an agreement with BP.
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AMH Women's Health and Childbirth Center expanding

(Illinois Business Journal, 10/2014)

Alton Memorial Hospital is in the process of renovating and expanding its Women's Health and Childbirth Center. The department is adding more than 5,000 square feet.

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Pere Marquette to get $2.7 million in state funds

(Advantage News, 10/07/2014)

The bike trail and lodge at Pere Marquette State Park will receive $2.7 million in state funds for renovation and rehabilitation work, Gov. Pat Quinn announced.
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'Stan Span' a finalist for national award...
The designers behind the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, is a finalist for the People's Choice Award and a grand prize winner chosen by field experts. Click here to vote!

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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