October 12, 2015


This edition of Good NewsLink demonstrates the variety of growth in the Southwestern Illinois economy.  From America's Central Port's South Harbor ribbon cutting, to new facilities at Lewis and Clark Community College, to health care project announcements and the newly formed Southwestern Illinois Trade & Investment Council, the region advances.  The decision on the NGA relocation also advances, with a public hearing in October 28th.  Please plan to attend and show your support for the St. Clair County location.

Have a great week!
 
Ellen Krohne
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  
 
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency releases study of St. Louis sites for new campus
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/9/15) 
The city of St. Louis would sustain significant tax losses if a federal spy facility were to leave its borders, a study released Friday says.
America's Central Port to christen South Harbor soon
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/9/15)
The South Harbor project is a $50 million addition to America's Central Port, a rehabilitated military base in Granite City that now handles nearly 3 million tons of cargo every year. And they expect that number to go up by 25 percent in the next five years, thanks to South Harbor.
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2014 Market Review and Investment Update
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Be sure to check out the extensive coverage of Madison County and St. Clair County projects!
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Defense Department awards $100 million contract for new spy agency campus
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/07/15)  
The Department of Defense has awarded a $100 million contract for the design of the planned new $1.6 billion St. Louis-area headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
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Meeting to discuss site for NGA slated Oct. 28
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
With time winding down before a government decision, a key meeting will take place this month in which major players will have the opportunity to promote Metro East as site for the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
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$2.36m grant to support rail project at America's Central Port
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded $2,368,520 in funding to America's Central Port District in Granite City to create jobs and aide the construction of critical infrastructure.
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Goal now: 500-year level for levees
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
One positive impact of the Great Recession -at least for those who were in the market to buy - was crazy low construction prices, which paid off for the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District over the last several years.
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Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc., South Harbor Conveyor Project, America's Central Port, Madison
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Construction began last October on a new terminal facility that will move dry bulk commodities onto barges from railroad cars and trucks using a series of drag and belt conveyors to a closed cell dock in the South Harbor of America's Central Port on the Mississippi River near Madison.
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High schools targeted to fill hundreds of trades jobs
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Educators say they are already thinking about the workforce of the future even as the region's top economic development group pursues a campaign to link high school students to high-paying jobs.
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Fab Lab to foster innovation on LCCC's N.O. Nelson Campus
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Lewis and Clark Community College has unveiled a new facility aimed at fostering innovation on its N.O. Nelson campus in Edwardsville. 
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Mannie Jackson Center for Humanities will open Dec. 1
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
The historic Lincoln School will reopen its doors on Dec. 1, after being closed for more than 60 years, under a new name and with a new mission.
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Groundbreaking for the McKendree Metro Rec Plex set for October 15, 2015
(STL Construction Forum, 10/08/15)  
The lead developer, Mr. Elmer Dean Oelze, of S.I. Strategy, LLC has broken ground on the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in the Four Points Commercial Development located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 50 and Scott Troy Road in O'Fallon, IL. 
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Holland Construction Services, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15) 
St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in agreement with the Hospital Sisters Health System and the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, is building a new replacement hospital and ambulatory care center in O'Fallon.
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Metro East SBDC chosen to host 'InnovateHer' business competition
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a local host organization for its "Innovating for Women" business competition.
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY > Grant will upgrade East St. Louis streets 
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/01/15)  
A $3.5 million federal grant will support business growth in East St. Louis by upgrading infrastructure.
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Trade & Investment Council Formed
(WBGZ Radio, 09/29/15)  
With a meeting last week at SIUE, the Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council has been launched. 
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'Pocket neighborhood' concept comes to Southwestern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15) 
Two new residential developments are underway in Edwardsville that are unique to Southwestern Illinois.
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IMPACT Strategies, Inc., Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Mother and Child Center, Centreville
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Construction management firm IMPACT Strategies is currently working on a $2.5 million renovation project of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Mother and Child Center in Centreville. 
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Plocher Construction, Altitude Trampoline Park, Glen Carbon
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15) 
Construction began in mid-September on a new 27,000-square-foot, one-story recreational indoor trampoline facility in Glen Carbon. 
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Dollar General to open new store on East Broadway Oct. 17
(AdVantage News, 10/08/15)  
Dollar General will celebrate the grand opening of its new store at 1822 E. Broadway at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
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Alton antiques business booming as store re-opens
(The Telegraph, 09/30/15)  
Pam and Gary Voyles' shop, Country Meadows Antiques, has been closed since Mother's Day - and have been missed by customers and vendors.
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IN OTHER NEWS
Business Briefing: Bell Community Credit Union merges with GCS Credit Union
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/08/15)  
The Board of Directors of Bell Community Credit Union of Alton have announced a merger agreement with GCS Credit Union.
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Centerstone and WellSpring Resources finalize merger
(AdVantage News, 10/08/15)  
WellSpring Resources and Centerstone announced Thursday that the merger of these two Southern Illinois behavioral health care organizations is final.
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Metro East hospitals named among Illinois' cleanest
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Two Metro East hospitals made a recent ranking of Illinois' cleanest hospitals, based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Gateway is the main winner in NHRA Midwest Nationals
(Advantage News, 10/01/15)  
Fans fill the stands for the fourth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison. Track proprietor Curtis Francois said it was the best weekend in the four years of the event at Gateway.
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Ameren audits saving companies big money
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/01/15)  
Businesses throughout Southern Illinois are saving big money on their annual energy bills, some of them thousands of dollars, through a program that's so simple to participate in, it's a bit like the proverbial light bulb idea.
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McKendree University expands nursing and business program offerings
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
McKendree University welcomed more than 3,000 students this fall, one of the largest student bodies in its 187-year history.
(Read More)
 
SIUE School of Business offering specialized master's degrees
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
Longtime SIUE business professor John Navin took the reins as dean of the School of Business on July 1. Over the 24 years since Navin first came to the university in 1991, he's seen many changes both in the college and in the business school.
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SIUE School of Nursing expands community partnerships
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/01/15)  
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing continues to create community partnerships in response to the demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses.
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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

618-692-9745

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