March 29, 2016 

Ronda Sauget
This Good NewsLink highlights growth, development, investments, and projects that continue to be seen in many sectors in Southwestern Illinois. Our hospitals play a pivotal role in the ability to fuel economic growth in Southwestern Illinois. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is honored to pay a special tribute and salute the hospitals in Southwestern Illinois for their collective impact at the 2016 Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 14, 2016. We hope you will be able to join us as we honor Investing in Healthcare Economics! For more information, please contact the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois at or 618-692-9745.
Also in this edition, you will learn about the efforts Chairman Dunstan is initiating for U.S. Steel, NGA preferred site location will be announced April 1, and Prairie Farms moving their Headquarters to Edwardsville Business Park. It is clear as the Spring warmer weather is quickly upon us, projects and business investment in our regional communities is heating up! 
Well done!

Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
St. Louis using eminent domain to gain control of proposed NGA site
(Belleville News-Democrat, 3/23/2016)
NGA Director Cardillo set to announce preliminary decision in early April. Cardillo must choose between 99-acre North St. Louis site and 182-acre site in St. Clair County.

Dunstan touts ruling on imported steel
(Advantage News, 3/16/2016)
The U.S. Department of Commerce's preliminary decision that steel producers in seven countries unfairly exported hot-rolled, flat steel to the United States could have a significant positive impact on U.S. Steel Corp.'s idled Granite City mill, Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said in a press release Wednesday.
Edwardsville park campaign receives $50K donation
(The Telegraph, 3/16/2016)
A community-wide fundraising effort for three new recreational facilities recently received a donation of $50,000 for the proposed Sports Park complex.

MidAmerica Airport parking expansion approved
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/18/2016)
Plans to expand the parking lot at MidAmerica Airport were approved this week by the St. Clair County Public Building Commission.

Scott AFB breaks ground on new Visiting Quarters
(Scott Air Force Base, 3/16/2016)
A groundbreaking ceremony took place March 11 for a new Visiting Quarters located between the dormitories and the Metro train station at Scott Air Force Base.
(Read More)

Prairie Farms wants to move headquarters to Edwardsville Business Park
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/20/2016)
Prairie Farms Dairy plans to move its headquarters from Carlinville to a new $9 million building in Edwardsville, contingent on receiving enterprise zone incentives, city officials say.
World Wide Technology awarded $5 billion federal contract
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/2016)
World Wide Technology, Inc. has been named as a prime contractor for a five-year, $5 billion ITES-3H contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command.

Amazon starts hiring for Metro East fulfillment center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/24/2016)
Online retail giant Amazon has started hiring for a handful of positions in the Metro East, according to job postings on its website.

Edwardsville approves new business district
(The Telegraph, 3/16/2016)
The approval of an ordinance establishing Edwardsville's newest business district could mean a host of new shopping places for the public, but it will be some time before the city sees the benefits.

Belleville heating, cooling business expands; Subdivision has new owner
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/20/2016)
Beloman, a pillar in the metro-east heating and cooling community located at 5909 Cool Sports Rd. in Belleville, is growing.

Edwardsville receives $133,155 county grant toward new Spray & Play Park
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/25/2016)
The city of Edwardsville today announced that it received a Park Enhancement Grant from Madison County Community Development for $133,155 to help fund splash features to be installed at the new Spray & Play Park.

Metro East innovator wins $10,000 in national business competition
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/22/2016)
A Metro East-supported business has won a $10,000 third-place award in a national business competition highlighting innovative products and services launched by cutting-edge entrepreneurs.

Nicklaus: Swansea firm aims to be at center of the gig economy
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/20/2016)
On the outside, the low-rise brick building in Swansea looks like its suburban neighbors that house banks, lawyers and accountants.

Alton CVB wins Best in Show at state tourism awards
(Alton Telegraph, 3/27/2016)
The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau received top honors at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism for its tourism marketing 
efforts including an award for Best of Show.

Impact Strategies completes 2 Illinois renovation projects
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/18/2016)
Impact Strategies has completed renovation projects at two health care centers for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation.

Tenants commit to $34 million Edwardsville development
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/16/2016)
A planned development on 26 acres near SIUE will feature a natural foods store, a deli and a craft beer bar.

Madison board authorizes $1.3 million in park funding
(Metro East Sun, 3/20/2016)
The Madison County board unanimously voted to authorize the distribution of 30 Park Enhancement Grants, totaling $1,343,398.66, to various municipalities and park districts throughout the county.

Territory annexed for new Highland-Pierron fire station
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/23/2016)
The site of a new proposed Highland-Pierron Fire Department (HPFD) station will be within the Highland city limits.

Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois to build playground at Jackie Joyner-Kersee center
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/2016)
The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois has received a $2,200 Placemaking microgrant from the National Association of Realtors to help build a playground at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center in East St. Louis.

Air Force veteran opens business
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/23/2016)
After 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, O'Fallon resident Dwight Dettmann was ready for a change.

Edwardsville approves redevelopment projects
(The Telegraph, 3/16/2016)
Edwardsville City Council approved a developer's proposal to work on three downtown buildings with assistance from the city's tax financing district.
Edwardsville City Council awards construction bids, approves financial reports
(Metro East Sun, 3/22/2016)
The Edwardsville City Council unanimously approved last month a motion to award the recycled rubber playground surface bid at Joe Glik Park to Ecoturf Surfacing LLC in the amount of $10,106.25.
SIUE campus to get$3.5 million in improvements
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/25/2016)
The Southern Illinois University board of trustees has approved contracts totaling more than $3.5 million for four projects on the Edwardsville campus.

Dollar General to open Hamel store
(Advantage News, 3/18/2016)
Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 307 W. State St. at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26, with free prizes and special deals. 

Shoe factory owner wants to move building out of NGA site
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/24/2016)
The owner of the Buster Brown Blue Ribbon Shoe factory wants to save the historic 
structure by moving the 20-million-pound building out of harm's way.

Frozen custard and steakburger restaurant coming to Shiloh
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/21/2016)
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is busy preparing to open its first metro-east location in Shiloh. 

In Other News

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital honors extraordinary nurses with National DAISY Awards
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/27/2016)
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital has awarded Emily Connell, a registered nurse from the Intensive Care Unit, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Scott Bibb Center near completion
(Advantage News, 3/27/2016)
Lewis and Clark Community College is in the final phase of renovations on the former St. Patrick's school building at the corner of Fifth and Central.

NGA decision comes down to air base vs. urban renewal
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/27/2016) 
A spy agency's history in St. Louis, which dates to Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, will soon have a new chapter.

New economic development director brings talents to Granite City
(Advantage News, 3/24/2016)
Granite City Economic Development Director James Amos was appointed in December and says he is developing strategic plans for the city's growth.
IMPACT Strategies expands & re-locates Missouri office to better serve growing construction market opportunities
(Riverbender, 3/22/2016)
Construction firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., is expanding and relocating their Missouri office to the Power House Building at Union Station, 401 S. 18th Street, St. Louis.

SIUE professor gets accolades for research; Lindenwood signs pact with Under Armour
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/22/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's George Pelekanos has been honored with the highest rank a faculty member at the school can receive.

NGA's main function is defending nation, not saving St. Louis
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/26/2016)
Regarding the commentary
"St. Louis is NGA's gateway to the world and the future" (March 24): In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.

SIUE recognized for campus environment
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/16/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been selected as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs (PPWSA) for the second-consecutive year.

SIUE School of Pharmacy adds Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/2016)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is introducing a master's program in pharmaceutical sciences to begin fall 2016.
SIUE's Kutan recognized as Distinguished Research Professor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Ali Kutan, PhD, professor of economics and finance in the School of Business, has received the rank Distinguished Research Professor for his significant scholarly contributions to international financial markets.
Camille Emig-Hill to receive Distinguished Service Award from SIUE
(The Alton Telegraph, 3/24/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville double alum Camille Emig-Hill, a communications expert, business and financial services professional, and community and youth supporter, will receive the University's Distinguished Service Award at its May 2016 commencement.
SIUE's Brown elected to National Diversity Officers board of directors
(The Telegraph 3/18/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Venessa A. Brown, PhD, associate chancellor for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has been elected to the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Board of Directors.
EHS grad opens agency in Maryville
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/21/2016)
Andy Calloway has gone from the corporate life to that of a business owner.

Bill Alexander honored for 50 years in banking
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/24/2016)
Ask Bill Alexander about the highlights of his long career in banking, and his response is quick and pointed.
Partners for Pets named finalist in Animal Planet makeover contest
(Belleville News Democrat, 3/25/2016)
Partners for Pets, a no-kill animal shelter near Troy, is one of five national finalists in an Animal Planet contest called Pet Nation Renovation in which the public votes to help decide which group gets up to $180,000 toward a "major makeover" at their shelter.

Tasty's Chicago Grill serves up dogs, gyros and more in Belleville
(Belleville News-Democrat, 3/27/2016)
For months before it opened, the sign out front of Tasty's Chicago Grill in Belleville read "Almost done." On Monday morning, Bill Kaiser, of Belleville, was at the drive-up window.
MSCC to receive township funds
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 3/26/2016)
The Main Street Community Center will continue to get financial support from Edwardsville Township after trustees on Tuesday agreed to renew a service agreement that provides the Edwardsville center with $8,000. 
(Read More)

Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue

JF Electric

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Madison County IL

Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois

Keller Construction

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

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Anderson Hospital


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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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