June 15, 2016 

Ronda Sauget
This edition of the Good NewsLink contains exciting news about the new business development in Edwardsville of Amazon opening two fulfillment facilities and creating more than 1,000 jobs. Well done Madison County!

Further the Illinois Business Journal provides a good story about the Manufacture your Future and Craft your Future campaign. We are currently scheduling meetings for our speakers to go out and spread the word about these important jobs available both now and in the future. If you would like the speakers to present at your community groups, please contact Liz or Amanda in the Leadership Council office at 618-692-9745.

Chairman Alan Dunstan provides a great overview of the importance and construction status of the American Bottoms Levee project that is nearing completion of its first 100 level of protection in early 2017. This important infrastructure resource provides protection of hundreds of millions of dollars in business investments, thousands of jobs, and significant communities from Alton to Columbia, Illinois. Without a doubt, the Levee Project is a regional success story for all of us to be proud of!

Our communities are growing with the demand high in the Metro East for new home sales! Also, read on to learn more about the fastest growing companies featured in the St. Louis Business Journal with many of our member companies listed in this edition. Congratulations to all those firms listed! This edition certainly has great news about new business developments, job creation, and growing Southwestern Illinois Communities. Flights have started from MidAmerica Airport to sunny Destin, FL. Schedule your Florida vacation today!  

Please read on!


Ronda Sauget   
Executive Director 
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
 
 
Amazon decision highlights St. Louis region's growing strength as a logistics hub
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/06/2016)
The massive warehouse east of Interstate 255 doesn't look much different from the dozen or so that line Gateway Center Commerce Drive.
 
Amazon opening two fulfillment facilities in Edwardsville, creating 1,000 jobs
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/02/2016)
Online retail giant Amazon is opening two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, creating more than 1,000 jobs.
 
Amazon takes applications for new Edwardsville facility, will host future job fairs
(Riverbender, 06/09/2016)
Amazon's location into the Edwardsville area is going to mean 1,000 added jobs now and hopefully more for the future.
 
Guest view: SW Illinois' levee rehabilitation project protects lives, property
(Belleville News-Democrat, 06/02/2016)
Letter to the Editor By Alan J. Dunstan, Chairman, Madison County - On a beautiful Sunday morning earlier this month, I went for a drive south through Randolph County to the historic community of Prairie du Rocher.
 
Group seeking to attract young people to manufacturing, trade
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/01/2016)
Members of the Manufacturing Steering Committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois are ready to hit the road and spread the word about the need for youth to pursue careers in manufacturing and skilled trades.
 
SIUE names new chancellor
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/06/2016)
Randall Pembrook on Monday was named chancellor of Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, the ninth in the school's history.
 
After 13 years, I-55 growth plan nears completion
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/13/2016)
The I-55 Corridor Development Code, a regulatory and zoning code that aims to quietly coordinate the growth of several interstate-blessed communities, but a source of its own growing pains, is finally coming to the end of one road - and the beginning of another.
 
Demand is high for new homes in the metro-east
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/12/2016)

You could tell Jon Poetker had gotten some sun.
 
New direct service begins to Destin, Fla., from MidAmerica Airport
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/01/2016)
The region's first, non-stop flights to Destin, Fla., begin Thursday, June 2, at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.
 
LCCC plans Weber Workforce Center
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 06/01/2016)
Lewis and Clark Community College will break ground on a new workforce building on the Godfrey Campus later this year, thanks to a nearly $3.25 million gift from the estate of local resident Ed Weber.
 
Airport head says recent honors tied to economic progress
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/04/2016)
The year 2016 is settling in as a perfect landing at St. Louis Regional Airport, with major honors for the airport and its chief tenant and significant economic development progress.
 
Madison County construction projects reflect growth
(The Telegraph, 06/04/2016)
Madison County announced that in the first quarter of 2016 it has issued more than 1,250 commercial and renovation construction permits for projects valued at more than $41.86 million, an increase of more than $313,000 from the first quarter of 2015.
 
Illinois American Water buys City of Grafton Wastewater System
(WaterTechnology.net, 05/27/2016)
US-based water utility Illinois American Water has acquired City of Grafton wastewater system located near Alton in southern Illinois for $600,000.
 
Fastest Growing Companies: Contegra Construction Co.
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/10/2016)
When Eric Gowin founded Contegra Construction in 2003, the company worked on many developer-driven projects and focused on building distribution centers.
 
Fastest Growing Companies: Keeley Companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/10/2016)
Rusty Keeley, CEO and owner of Keeley Companies, has an ambitious plan.
 
IDOT plans more upgrades as part of high-speed rail prep
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/09/2016)

The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to carry out crossings upgrades this year as it prepares to provide high-speed rail passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis by 2017.
 
Drivers wanted: Trucking companies battle turnover, competition with greater incentives
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/03/2016)
On a recent Friday, 10 trucks sat parked on an LTI Trucking Services Inc. lot in Madison, Illinois.
 
World Wide Technology wins Air Force contract
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/01/2016)
Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide cybersecurity support for the Air Force Network.
 
Developments given approval
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 06/04/2016)
The Maryville Board of Trustees approved preliminary and final development plans for two commercial building projects.
 
Two local execs make list of best employee-ranked CEOs
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/10/2016)
Two local executives ranked on a new list of best CEOs as ranked by employees.
 
Impact Strategies reconstructing the Quad at SIUE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/10/2016)

Impact Strategies is working on a reconstruction project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Stratton Quadrangle, better known as the Quad.
 
Public response is receptive to Madison County Transit bike trail connection to Bethalto
(Riverbender, 06/08/2016)
The public was invited to view the plans for a projected multi-use path in Bethalto this week - and they have been very receptive.
 
Belleville OKs St. Louis Bread Co. plans for new restaurant
(Belleville News-Democrat, 06/06/2016)
The Belleville City Council on Monday night approved St. Louis-based Panera's request to open a St. Louis Bread Co. restaurant in the Belleville Crossing shopping center at Illinois 15 and Frank Scott Parkway.
 
Scheffel Boyle's Belleville office hosts ribbon cutting
(Riverbender, 06/09/2016)
Employees of Scheffel Boyle CPAs, City of Belleville and St. Clair County staff, and members of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce recently gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the firm's newly remodeled office, located on historic downtown Main Street in Belleville.
 
United Way holds ribbon cutting at new Shiloh area location
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/04/2016)
The O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new office for United Way of Greater St. Louis, Illinois Division.
 
Mounds supporters push for national park status
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/11/2016)

A local conservancy group is getting considerable backing in an effort to protect and elevate the status of ancient mound sites in and around Metro East, but it remains to be seen if the campaign can get over the hump before President Obama's term ends.
 
Glen Carbon trampoline park opens
(Belleville News-Democrat, 06/05/2016)
After some delays and a lot of anticipation, Altitude Trampoline Park in Glen Carbon opened Friday.
 
ARCH Medical Services lands at St. Louis Regional Airport
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/01/2016)
The company that does business as ARCH Medical Services has established a maintenance facility and extra hangar space at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton.
 
Durbin announces federal funding for Illinois first responders
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/05/2016)
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded $1,635,535 in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois.
 
Q&A: Bankers address their customers' changing habits
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/22/2016)
This Q&A features comments from: Chad Abernathy, senior vice president, chief retail officer at First Clover Leaf Bank; Darryl Collins, regional retail banking director at Commerce Bank; Charles Daily, Fairview Heights market president for Providence Bank; Julie Laurent, senior vice president, Illinois regional manager for First Bank; and Rob Schwartz, senior vice president - retail banking at the Bank of Edwardsville.
 
'What patients need': Metro-east hospitals move toward private patient rooms
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/11/2016)
Lauren Mullikin remembers being in a semi-private room at Anderson Hospital in Maryville and receiving news no one wants to hear, especially an 18-year-old with her whole life ahead of her.
 
Chamber director: When businesses work together, Belleville wins
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/12/2016)
There isn't much of a learning curve for the new executive director of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
 
Signarama opens doors in Edwardsville
(Riverbender, 06/10/2016)
Two long time Edwardsville residents celebrated the grand opening of their new business on Friday, June 3 with an official ribbon cutting in association with the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.
 
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services celebrates "a century of caring" in 23rd Annual Circle of Care
(Riverbender, 06/11/2016)

Riverbend Head Start & Family Services held its 23rd Annual Circle of Care on May 19th at the Lewis and Clark Community College Commons. 
 
Alton Main Street to debut new 'Night Market'
(The Telegraph, 06/06/2016)
A new Night Market featuring local farmers and artisans will begin this week.
 
Athletico physical therapy opens sixth location in Metro East
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/08/2016)
Athletico has opened its sixth physical therapy location in Metro East -- and its 31st in the Greater St. Louis area.
 
Farmers market keeps ex-cons straight
(The Telegraph, 06/07/2016)
A church-based reentry program for people coming out of prison is going to be expanding with a farmer's market next week.
 
Spartan Light Metal Products Expansion
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 06/07/2016)
Spartan Light Metal Products chose The Korte Company to design and construct a 92,000 square foot expansion at their Sparta, Illinois facility.
 
Godfrey solar program gains momentum
(Advantage News, 06/10/2016)

Solarize Godfrey continues to generate energy and buzz in the community.
 
Fairview NAPA Auto Parts project takes another step forward
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/12/2016)

Fairview Heights aldermen have moved one step closer to allowing a developer to build a NAPA Auto Parts store on Lincoln Trail.

Announcing the 30 Under 30 class of 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/13/2016)
From visionary entrepreneurs to managers at some of the largest companies in St. Louis, the St. Louis Business Journal is ready to unveil the 2016 class of 30 Under 30 honorees.

Meet Me in St. Louis
(Inbound Logistics, 05/13/2016)
Geographically situated in the mid-section of America, the St. Louis region has it all when it comes to freight assets.

IN OTHER NEWS

SIUE Schools of Business and Nursing offer concurrent MBA/DNP program
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/01/2016)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Business and Nursing have partnered to prepare advanced practice nurses and nursing administrators with a concurrent master's in business administration and a doctor of nursing practice.
 
Students win thousands to continue 'positive change' in their schools
(Belleville News-Democrat, 05/31/2016)
Edwardsville, Triad, Collinsville and Granite City high schools are among the nine high schools that will receive $4,000 fellowships.
 
County, utility to distribute free air conditioners
(Advantage News, 06/07/2016)
Madison County Community Development will join with Ameren Illinois to distribute 60 air conditioners to county households in need. 
 
Late O'Fallon EMS supervisor's estate donates over $8,000 for new simulator
(O'Fallon Progress, 06/08/2016)
"It's a way to carry on her legacy," Debbie Braun, the late Michelle Heap's best friend and estate executor, said recently of a donation made to Southwestern Illinois Community College (SWIC).
 
Power of Purse bags $18,669 for local United Way
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/09/2016)
More than 250 women demonstrated their generosity and caring at United Way's Southwest Illinois Division second annual Power of the Purse event by raising $18,669 to help local people.


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Contact Information

Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

618-692-9745

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