October 26, 2015

There is as much variety in the types of good news articles in this edition as there are colors in the leaves on our beautiful fall trees in Southwestern Illinois. 

As the decision on the NGA relocation advances, a public hearing will be held on October 28th at the Katy Cavins Community Center at 308 E. 5th St. in O'Fallon IL from 4 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Please attend and show our community support for the St. Clair County location.  Also, please put your comments supporting the location near Scott AFB into record either on-line at the hearing, email or mail - click here for the attached flyer for details

We hope to see you there and have a great week!
Ellen Krohne
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Developer proposes upscale homes, office buildings worth over $50M near Belleville
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/11/2015)

In a bid to attract high-end home buyers to Belleville, a development company is planning a subdivision that will feature homes worth $500,000 to $1 million off Frank Scott Parkway West in a project valued at more than $50 million.
LCCC To Launch Maritime Institute
(WBGZ Radio, 10/14/15)

Looking at the expected growth in river commerce, Lewis & Clark Community College is preparing to launch a Maritime Institute in about a year.  
(Read More)

Making workers for flood of factory jobs
(Belleville-Democrat, 10/23/2015)
The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois recently released their review of the local economy for 2014. 
(Read More)

Groundbreaking Thursday for McKendree rec plex
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/13/15)
The development called the McKendree Metro Rec Plex is part of a larger Four Points Commercial Development on the site.
(Read More)
InnovateHer challenge seeks entrants in business plan competition
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/16/15)
The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center is inviting entrepreneurs with viable products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families to compete in a national business plan competition: InnovateHER Business Challenge.
(Read More)

Developing a New Workforce
(WBGZ Radio, 10/19/15)

Local business and industry leaders are spreading the word about a new initiative to strengthen the workforce in the area. 

Gap financing: development's missing ingredient
(Belleville News-Democrat ,10/21/2015)

St. Clair County officials are looking to start a loan program with federal money to spark economic development.
(Read More)

Metro-east manufacturers looking for workers
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/18/15)

New hospitals and an expanding manufacturing base with good-paying jobs highlight an annual report of the metro-east economy.
(Read More)

Metro East housing market sees slow and steady growth
(The Telegraph, 10/15/15)

Slow, sustained growth is the name of the housing game so far this year in the Metro East, according to area realty experts, and that's welcome news to real estate agents and associations alike.
(Read More)

Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois says homes sales on rise
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/21/15)

The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois says year-to-date home sales are on the rise compared to a year ago.
(Read More)

SWIC approves $1.2 million in repairs, improvements
(Belleville News Democrat ,10/21/15)
The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday requested $1.2 million worth of repairs and improvements to the school's facilities.
(Read More)

Timeline Set for WRPD Construction
(WBGZ Radio, 10/19/15)
A timeline has been set for the construction of the new Wood River Police Department building.  
(Read More)

Edwardsville approves bid for splash park
(Alton Telegraph 10/21/15)
The Edwardsville city council gave the go-ahead for a new splash park by voting to approve a $1,878,968 base bid Tuesday night.
(Read More)

Committee moves SIUE fire station bid forward
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 10/14/15)

The Edwardsville Public Safety Committee recommended the approval of L. Wolf Co., Inc.'s bid for the new SIUE fire station on Monday.
(Read More)
Healthcare Organizations Merge
(WBGZ Radio, 10/13/15)
A pair of healthcare organizations is headed for the altar.
Effective Jan. 1, the Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council will merge to become the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, still known as IHA.
(Read More)
Buyer snaps up old Alton post office
(Alton Telegraph, 10/24/2015)

Alton's old post office has a new owner after sitting empty for years under former owner Thomas Voss.  
(Read More)

St. Clair County Transit District to extend MetroBikeLink
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/26/2015)

The St. Clair County Transit District has plans to extend its MetroBikeLink trail from the Memorial Hospital stop in Belleville to the Fairview Heights MetroLink stop.
(Read More)
In Other News
Illinois builder among those honored by St. Louis construction group
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/22/15)

A grassroots St. Louis construction organization formed to address key issues in the industry is saluting five leaders for their service in advancing diversity, working relationships, regional unity and workforce development. 
(Read More)
Lt. Gen. Cox takes command of 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/19/15)
During a ceremony Monday at Scott Air Force Base Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Cox assumed command of the 18th Air Force.
(Read More)

Manufacturing Day returns to SWIC
(Advantage News, 10/15/15)
In 1980, Mike Mittler was figuring out what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  On Jan. 20, 1980, Mittler decided to become an entrepreneur. 
(Read More)

Area veterans learn about resources at fair
(AdVantage News, 10/16/15)
Metro East veterans came together to learn about job opportunities, educational options and benefits during a veterans resource fair Thursday.
(Read More)

St. Elizabeth's Hospital zaps germs with two new robots
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/20/15)
St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville has invested in two germ-zapping robots that eliminate highly contagious superbugs.
(Read More)
Higher Education Matters: SIUE grant to help seniors transition from hospital to home
(Belleville News Democrat, 10/20/15)  
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has received a two-year grant designed to help seniors make the transition from the hospital to home.
(Read More)

Belleville microbrewery to roll out new canning site
(Belleville News-Democrat , 10/25/2015)
A new beer canning site located next door to 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. in Belleville is about ready to open.
(Read More)

St. Clair County Transit District to extend MetroBikeLink
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/26/2015)

The St. Clair County Transit District has plans to extend its MetroBikeLink trail from the Memorial Hospital stop in Belleville to the Fairview Heights MetroLink stop.
(Read More)

IDOT to resurface Illinois 156 west of New Athens
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/23/2015)
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to have lane restrictions along Illinois 156 between Illinois 159 and Illinois 13 west of New Athens beginning on Monday, weather permitting.
(Read More)

L&C truck driver program receives industry award
(Advantage News, 10/26/2015)
Lewis and Clark Community College's Truck Driver Training program recently received the Illinois Trucking Association's 2015 Industry Dedication Award.
(Read More)

St. Clair County Board to consider property tax levy
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/26/2015)

St. Clair County Board members on Monday are scheduled to vote on a property tax levy for next year's tax bills.
(Read More)

SIUE dental school serves 167 kids
(Alton Telegraph, 10/14/15)
Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine served 167 children at its 10thannual Give Kids A Smile Day Monday, Oct. 12, at the School's main clinic in Alton. The total dental treatment provided was valued at $63,084.
(Read More)
Program offers career compass
(Advantage News, 10/13/15)
Those who are unsure of what their employment futures may hold can now find direction with Career Coach at Lewis and Clark Community College.
(Read More)
Leadership Council members associated
with projects
 in this issue 

Lindenwood U

Lewis & Clark Logo

McKendree Logo

Madison County IL

SunCoke Energy

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

Anderson Hospital

America's Central Port Logo


Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois

Memorial Hospital










Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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