April 26, 2016 


This edition of the Good NewsLink contains many articles detailing our members standing up for Southwestern Illinois and voicing their concerns about the NGA initial agency preferred decision, recognizing heroes in our healthcare industry, donating to the SWIC's Construction Management Technology Program, and honoring our military at St. Clair County's Second Annual Armed Forces Ball which will be held on April 29th.
Efforts continue to highlight all of the reasons why Scott AFB makes the most local logical site for the NGA West Relocation, including introducing new information provided in the Command Consulting Security Study. If you have not commented on the NGA initial agency preferred decision, the time is now, to comment by May 1 on http://nextngawest.com/site/index.php/comment.
The 2016 Annual Salute to Southwestern Illinois Recognition celebrated Business Investments and Job Creation in Healthcare. Eight hospital systems were provided significant recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in recent years. Additionally, this edition highlights further developments in healthcare, including Memorial Hospital East opens with strong patient numbers, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center recognized with Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Alton Memorial Hospital receives Center of Distinction Award, and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation receives Komen grant for its START NOW Breast Health Services Program. Our regional healthcare systems continue to be on a strong growth path in driving our economy forward.
This edition demonstrates how our members are stepping up and taking leadership roles in making a difference in advancing our region.  Thank you for making Southwestern Illinois a wonderful place to live, work, and raise our families!

Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  
 
BRAC off the Table, Ayotte Declares
(Association of Defense Communities. 4/13/2016)
At the outset of her panel's budget hearing Tuesday, Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chair of the Senate Armed Services' Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, removed all doubt as to where she stands on the Obama administration's request to hold a new BRAC round in 2019.

Confidential report: St. Clair County's NGA site far more secure than St. Louis pick
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/23/16)
St. Clair County site next to Scott AFB has no-fly zone, standoff distances, reduced criminal activity. Command Consulting Group report will play role in Illinois lawmakers' efforts to reverse NGA preliminary decision
(Read More)
Crowd honors health-care facilities during Leadership Council's Annual Salute to Southwestern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Hospital and health-care achievements were honored Thursday night during the 2016 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner held by The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.
 (Read More) 

Toxic residue at Pruitt-Igoe site fuels Illinois leaders' call for do-over on NGA site pick
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/16/2016)
As recently as six months ago, the footprint of the proposed National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site in North St. Louis consisted of nearly all the 57 acres that comprise the forested remnants of the notorious Pruitt-Igoe housing complex.
(Read More)

Illinois congressional delegation has serious concerns with rationale for NGA West site
(Illinois Business Journal, April 2016)
 U.S. senators and Congressional representatives from Illinois wrote National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo today to detail their "strong concerns" with the agency's rationale for selecting a St. Louis site for its new facility, known as NGA West.
(Read More)
NGA head will take site report error into account before final decision
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/22/2016)
The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has not made a final decision on the St. Louis site for a new $1.75 billion NGA complex, and he is taking into consideration Illinois politicians' complaints that the Corps of Engineers' site report leading to the decision confused counties in the two states.
(Read More)

Don't Miss This: St. Clair County leaders call for do-over
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/12/2016)
St. Clair County leaders are asking for the federal government to reconsider its decision to put a spy agency in north St. Louis instead of the metro-east.
(Read More) 

Builders step up for college's construction program
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
The Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program and Southern Illinois Builders Association recently donated $25,000 to the Construction Management Technology Program at Southwestern Illinois College.
(Read More) 

Metro East News Briefs
(Metro East Chronicle, 4/13/2016)
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is now accepting public comment on its announced plans to build a new $1.6 billion facility - dubbed "NextNGAWest" or "N2W" - in North St. Louis. 
(Read More)

Aid approved for struggling colleges in Illinois
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/23/16)
Illinois' college and universities received a much-needed lifeline Friday when lawmakers approved a $600 million short-term funding fix for the institutions, which have been struggling without state funding during the monthslong budget stalemate, even laying off employees.
(Read More)

SSM Health to operate retail clinics at 27 St. Louis area Walgreens locations
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
SSM Health has signed an agreement that will allow SSM to own and operate 27 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across the St. Louis region, including four clinics in Illinois.
(Read More) 

Memorial Hospital East opens in Shiloh
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/11/2016)
Memorial Hospital East is officially open in Shiloh.
(Read More) 

Talking again: St. Elizabeth's, Belleville leaders discuss future of old hospital site
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/19/2016)
That big hole coming to the heart of Belleville may have just been given CPR, as Belleville and St. Elizabeth's Hospital leaders put aside their differences to plan for the future of the hospital's current home.
(Read More)

Community will have more chances to respond to Collinsville's proposed TIF district soon
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/11/2016)
Since the city stated its intent to create a new tax increment financing district in January, opinions have poured in.
(Read More) 

Technology brings Memorial Hospital emergency plans into 21st Century
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/17/2016)
Experts say taking a few minutes to plan ahead for emergencies at home can save lives.
(Read More) 

Edwardsville City Council meets to approve multiple resolutions
(Metro East Sun, 4/16/2016)
The Edwardsville City Council met April 5 to approve an IDOT resolution for maintenance of streets and highways by the municipality under the Illinois Highway Code, in the amount of $420,000.
(Read More)

 Electric prices drop for Illinois customers in auction
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/22/2016)
After a spike last year that drew condemnation from the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and consumer advocacy groups, a component of electricity prices set by an obscure auction should be lower over the next 12 months in Southern Illinois.

Scott Credit Union reports continued success at 73rd annual meeting
(Riverbender, 4/19/2016)
Scott Credit Union, with its not-for-profit, cooperative structure, was able to continue providing a better value to members through another successful year in 2015.
(Read More) 

Bi-State breaks ground on downtown St. Louis transit center expansion
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/19/2016)
Bi-State Development broke ground Tuesday on a $10.5 million Civic Center transit station construction project in downtown St. Louis.
(Read More)

 
Metro-East eyes $21 million in road projects next year
(Metro East Chronicle, 4/20/2016)
Metro-East officials are planning to undertake a total of 33 road and transportation improvement projects, at a total cost of $21,237,363, in 2017 to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality in some of the region's fastest-growing and economically important areas.
(Read More)

Taxing levee: Federal funds eschewed for local tax dollars to complete costly projects
(The Alton Telegraph, 4/21/16) 
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been - and will be - spent on improving the levee system in the Metro East, but insistence on using local labor and an aggressive timeline on the project has ended up putting much of the cost on area taxpayers.

Alton Mayor Walker: MedExpress will be new future business on Homer Adams Parkway
(Riverbender, 4/12/2016)
MedExpress will be the company locating in the new building going up on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton next to Jimmy John's, Alton Mayor Brant Walker said.
(Read More) 

Reliance Bank will open branch in new Tim Hortons in O'Fallon
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Reliance Bank, a subsidiary of Reliance Bancshares, Inc. plans to relocate its existing O'Fallon, Ill., branch to the new Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop, which will open this summer.
(Read More) 

Men's Wearhouse is 10th in region
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/15/2016)
Men's Wearhouse has opened its doors in the Edwardsville Crossing retail area, just in time for prom season.
(Read More) 

Cheapies Tires expands, opens shop in Belleville
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/17/2016)
After a two-year wait, Cheapies Tires opened its fourth metro-east location at West Main and 38th streets in Belleville.
(Read More) 

The Dog House softly opens for romping pups, excited pet owners
(Riverbender, 4/17/2016)
Sometimes, you just have to run around a yard, play with some new friends and enjoy the sunny spring mornings.

Trucking company looks to build near Lebanon
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/17/2016)
A trucking business has plans to construct a 4,800-square-foot building along Reider Road between Lebanon and O'Fallon.
(Read More)

 
County Board expands enterprise zone
(Advantage News, 4/21/2016)
The Madison County Board on Wednesday approved an addition to the Gateway Commerce Center enterprise zone to pave the way for Prairie Farms Dairy to move its corporate headquarters from Carlinville to Edwardsville.
(Read More)

Business roundup: Custom shop opens in Alton
(Alton Telegraph, 4/9/2016)
Crown of Thorns Customs is the new Alton business that specializes in applying graphics, decals and glass etching.
(Read More)

 
Illinois officials now standing in line for pay, like ordinary victims of state budget mess
(St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/24/16)
Leslie Geissler Munger is not a household name - not even in Illinois, where she holds a statewide elective office. She's the comptroller, a word many Americans might never utter in a lifetime. It makes her chief fiscal officer, whose duties include financial analysis of the state's situation.
(Read More)
MidAmerica airport terminal to get facelift
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/2016)
The terminal at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah is slated to get an upgrade, with work on the four-month project possibly to begin later this year.
(Read More)

New Edwardsville firefighters earn recognition at Academy
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/22/2016)

Edwardsville's newest firefighters, Justin Siekmann and Chad Lankford, showed their potential during the seven-weeklong Fire Institute Academy in Champaign.

Alton schools get Illinois American grant
(Advantage News, 4/22/16)
Illinois American Water announced that five watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company's 2016 Environmental Grant Program.
(Read More)
Skin care parlor opens in Maryville
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/25/16)
Ground broken for new Tim Hortons/Reliance Bank building in O'Fallon. Belleville brewery completes new outdoor patio. New coffee shop opens near Scott Air Force Base
HUD approves St. Clair County's gap financing program
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/23/16)
Loans would be for large 'game changing' projects. County economic development director: 'Program a long-time coming'
(Read More)
State Street sewer project to begin
(The Alton Telegraph, 4/20/16)
A contractor plans to begin the initial construction phase of the city's long-awaited sewer separation project required by the state, likely starting the first week of May.
IN OTHER NEWS

St. Clair County to host second annual Armed Forces Ball
(Belleville News Democrat, 4/13/2016)
St. Clair County is planning to hold its second annual Armed Forces Ball on April 29 to honor past and present military service members.
(Read More) 

Ameren Illinois plans to file for electric rate decrease
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Customers of Ameren Illinois Co. will pay less for electric service delivery under a filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission that should take place around April 15.
(Read More) 

OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center recognized nationally
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Healthgrades, a leading online resource that provides quality, patient satisfaction and patient safety information on hospitals and physicians, announced that OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center is being recognized as one of its Outstanding Patient Experience Award Recipients for 2016.
(Read More) 

AMH Wound Care Center honored with distinction
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Alton Memorial Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to the AMH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center by Healogics Inc., the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services.
(Read More) 

Alton Memorial first in area to offer 3D mammograms
(Riverbender, 4/12/2016)
Alton Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the area that uses digital tomosynthesis, which creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays.
(Read More) 

Lewis and Clark College gets pair of recognitions for green efforts
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Lewis and Clark Community College's sustainability efforts are earning big plaudits.
(Read More) 

SIUE names new dean for nursing school
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/11/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has named Laura Bernaix dean of its School of Nursing.
(Read More) 

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation receives $218,000 Komen grant
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation has received a $218,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Missouri for its START NOW Breast Health Services Program.
(Read More) 

Karacal named Dean of SIUE School of Engineering
(Riverbender, 4/12/2016)
Cem Karacal, PhD, has been recommended as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering after a national search.
(Read More) 

Several new board members seated for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois held its Seventh Annual Meeting on April 9 at the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon at which time approximately 350 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) from throughout Southern Illinois elected board members and received a "State of the Council" report from Linda Manley, board chair, and Villie M. Appoo, chief executive officer.
(Read More) 

Walker named SIUE interim vice chancellor for administration
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/1/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen has appointed Rich Walker as interim vice chancellor for administration.
(Read More) 

Granite City CEO Students Get a Tour of icon Mechanical
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 4/13/2016)
Granite City CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) students toured the business of icon Mechanical recently. 
(Read More) 

Father, son grow painting business
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/20/2016)
Cliff Tucker has owned Christy and Sons Painting since 2003. He has worked mostly in Macoupin County, but since the business has grown, he is expanding into Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.
(Read More)

Center for Spirituality and Sustainability Leadership honors SIUE Campus Kitchen Project
(Riverbender, 4/22/2016)
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability will be holding its 13th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the LeClaire Room on the N. O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.
(Read More)

Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for The Dog House
(Riverbender, 4/21/2016)
The Dog House in Glen Carbon held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the brand-new expanded facility as part of Hawthorne Animal Hospital.
(Read More)

Lumber company at 75 years
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/23/16)
The Fischer Lumber Company is a huge presence in East Alton. The company's warehouses fill a large stretch of Shamrock Street. Another five acres not visible from the street add to the company's size.
(Read More)

 



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Contact Information

Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

618-692-9745

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