July 26, 2016 

Ronda Sauget

This edition of the Good NewsLink provides many articles highlighting significant economic development and business expansion activities. From the new commercial, retail, and other business expansion throughout Southwestern Illinois to community planning for future development; this edition demonstrates the substantial efforts are underway.
 
Also, please see the SIUE East St. Louis Center Students Learn About Manufacturing and Craft Careers article listed below. This article features the July 18th Leadership Council collaborative Manufacturing and Craft Day event at the SIUE East St. Louis Center with our strategic partners, Mid America Workforce Investment Board, St Clair County, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, Southern Illinois Builders Association, Scott Air Force Base 375th Communications Group, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center,  Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council, Ameren Illinois, Sun Coke Energy, Progressive Recovery Inc., Korte Luitjohan Contractors,  Southwestern Illinois College, and Phillips 66.
 
Over 300 students age 2-18 participated in this event. The activities included reading construction books to children; hands on demonstrations in carpentry, electrical, and welding; inspiring presentations by company speakers; motivational Comments by Col. Terrance Adams and Chairman Mark Kern; and interactive equipment displays. Without the quick work of our strategic partners, this important effort would not have been possible. A big THANK YOU to all our partners who participated in this important community event! We have many more speaking engagements scheduled and in planning for the Manufacture/Craft your Future Campaign. This effort helps to inform and inspire students and young adults to consider options in Manufacturing, Crafts, and STEM careers.
Please see the video of this event at the following web link:
 
Please read on to review positive economic development and business expansion stories.
 
 
Ronda Sauget   
Executive Director 
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  
 
Three-story building planned in O'Fallon business park
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016) 
Darrell Shelton, developer of Central Park Plaza and much of Regency Park in O'Fallon, has a new project in the works on 13 acres in Regency Park.
Amazon's 1,000 jobs were months in the making
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016) 
Two planned Amazon fulfillment centers mean a hiring boom in Edwardsville this month, but they also cement the region's growing reputation as a logistics and distribution center, which could be just as valuable in coming years, local leaders say. 
SIUE East St. Louis Center Students Learn About Manufacturing and Craft Careers
(SIUE, 7/19/2016)
The challenge is educating youth and their parents about the high pay that comes with the 1,500 manufacturing jobs inSouthwestern Illinois in the next five years, and connecting them to the right resources to ensure their success, accordingto Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center Executive Director Jesse Dixon.
 
Medical office building planned at Memorial East
(Belleville News Democrat, 7/17/2016) 
It didn't take long for the partnership that operates the new Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh to seek approval for plans to build a medical office building on ground adjacent to the hospital. 
BJC plans to build doctors building next to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh
(Belleville News Democrat, 7/12/2016) 
The Shiloh Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a planned unit development and special use applications submitted by BJC HealthCare to construct a $22 million office building next to Memorial Hospital East. 
New SIUE chancellor gets three-year contract
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15/2016) 
The Southern Illinois University board of trustees has agreed to terms with its new chancellor. 
Input sought on 53 Metro-East transportation projects
(Metro East Chronicle, 7/20/2016) 
The East-West Gateway Council of Government (EWGCOG) has given preliminary approval for federal funding of 53 local and regional Metro-East transportation projects over the next four years. 
Southwestern Illinois Charitable Giving Guide
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016) 
"When you drive onto the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, you find the magic of a naturally pristine state park, which includes The Gardens at SIUE, and the vibrancy of one of the great universities in our country. 
Belleville OKs $2.49M in tax incentives for shopping center
(Belleville News Democrat, 7/18/2016) 
Westside business owners were thrilled that Belleville aldermen on Monday night approved a $2.49 million tax incentive plan for the redevelopment of the Market Place Shopping Center built in the 1970s. 
Trade council names first board of directors
(Advantage News, 07/21/2016)  
The Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council, established in 2015 by Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan and St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, recently elected its first slate of officers. 
 
The Town Center will take Edwardsville by storm with 131,890-square-foot development
(The Riverbender, 07/21/2016)
The Town Center shopping area in Edwardsville is going to create a thunderbolt when it eventually opens with some of the businesses that will be housed there. 
 
CyberCamp kids learn security from Scott AFB personnel
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/21/2016)  
By the end of the week, the 12 campers at the Air Force Association's CyberCamp will be able to set up firewalls, update systems, add users and set permissions for what those users can do.
(Read More)
 
Enterprise moves up on Forbes' largest private company list
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 07/20/2016)
Enterprise Holdings, the Clayton-based rental car giant, is now the nation's 15th largest private company, according to Forbes magazine. 
 
Madison County adopts I-55 Corridor Development Code
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/22/2016)

The Madison County Board this week followed the lead of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon and approved the I-55 Development Code, a series of zoning and subdivision standards that will be applied to the I-55 corridor, between Interstate 70 and Illinois Route 143.
(Read More)
 
Scott AFB still commands attention as centennial nears
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/2016)
A big party is on the horizon for one of the most important employers in the region.
Scott Air Force Base is turning 100 years old in 2017 and planning is already underway.
 
SIU trustees approve over $3 million in contracts for Edwardsville campus
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/2016) 
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at their regular meeting in Springfield on Thursday, approved over $3 million in contracts for work at the Edwardsville campus. 
Amazon using LCCC space for hiring process
(The Telegraph, 7/16/2016) 
Online retailer Amazon.com is using Lewis and Clark Community College facilities to conduct hiring and training for two planned warehouses here, according to the college. 
 
Village seeks new development
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/16/2016) 
The Glen Carbon Board of Trustees approved a funding agreement with a development group hoping to transform the undeveloped Foucek property, adjacent to Edwardsville Crossing, into a shopping area. 
Culvert project moves forward
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/15/2016) 
A professional services agreement was passed on to City Council for a motion to approve a $26,300 culvert replacement for Olive Street at Tuesday's Public Service Committee meeting in Edwardsville. 
Monsanto Fund grant sparks learning at SIUE engineering camps
(Advantage News, 7/12/2016) 
The Monsanto Fund helped the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering successfully conduct its annual summer camps during June.
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services awarded $200,000 for two Granite City centers
(Riverbender, 7/13/2016) 
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services (RHSFS) was recently awarded $200,000 by the United States Steel Corporation and SunCoke Energy Inc..
(Read More)
Watershed Nature Center getting a face lift
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/13/2016) 
Visitors to the Watershed Nature Center may have noticed the removal of some trees near the entrance.
(Read More)
Fire station is nearly finished
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/18/2016) 
With nothing more than a few architectural additions, the SIUE fire station is nearing its completion. 
Ss. Peter and Paul repairs nearly finished, ribbon cutting set
(The Telegraph, 7/19/2016) 
Workers are putting the finishing touches on repairs to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, and teachers are anxious to get back into the building, Principal Harry Cavanaugh said. 
Ross Dress For Less store in Edwardsville opens doors
(The Riverbender, 7/16/2016) 
There will likely be a crowd collected in the Ross Dress For Less parking lot today as the business opens its doors to the public. 
Quality Auto Network makes it official with new signs
(The Riverbender, 7/19/2016) 
Previously, you may remember it as a bank building, located at 102 Sinclair Drive, across from Sinclair Foods and next to Droege and Associates in Jerseyville, Illinois. 
Physician to open pain medicine clinic
(Advantage News, 7/15/2016) 
Dr. Thomas Brummett will open a pain management clinic on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus later this year. 


IN OTHER NEWS

Memorial Breast Health Center earns national accreditation
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/19/2016) 
Memorial's Breast Health Center of Excellence was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. 
McKendree is a 'Great College to Work For,' says Chronicle of Higher Ed
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/18/2016) 
McKendree University stands out among the "Great Colleges to Work For" named by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. 
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital to celebrate Versant nursing residency program anniversary
(Belleville News Democrat, 7/13/2016) 
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital will soon celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Versant RN Residency Program. 
Port district board elects new officers
(Advantage News, 7/18/2016) 
America's Central Port Board of Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles E. King Jr. as the port district's new board chairman for a one-year term at the annual meeting July 11.  
India's minister of transport among delegation visiting America's Central Port
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/19/2016) 
India dignitaries visited the America's Central Port this past week to better understand the importance of waterway transportation in America. 
Broom, Hebrank receive defense group's President's Awards
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/18/2016) 
Gordon R. Broom and Jeffrey S. Hebrank, partners at HeplerBroom LLC in Edwardsville, are the 2016 recipients of the President's Award for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. 
Madison County now accepting applications for home weatherization program
(Riverbender, 7/15/2016) 
Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan today announced the Madison County Community Development Office is accepting applications to assist eligible homeowners and renters in Madison County with the installation of energy saving measures to the applicant's home. 
West Star Aviation names chief financial officer
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15/2016) 
West Star Aviation, which has several locations including St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto, has named Daniel "Danny" Wiese as chief financial officer. 
O'Fallon man to lead United Way fundraising effort in Illinois
(Belleville News Democrat, 7/13/2016) 
The Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis has announced Ryan Russell Kemper, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, as the 2016 fundraising campaign chair. 
County building commission approves juvenile detention center ADA improvements
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/21/2016)

St. Clair County Public Building Commission members on Thursday approved upgrades at the county's juvenile detention center.
(Read More)

Big Brothers Big Sisters hires new president and CEO
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/21/2016)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has hired Natalie Jablonski as its new president and CEO.

New Belleville chamber exec leaning on membership ties
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/2016)  
Wendy Pfeil's new job looks a lot like her last one. 

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/2016) 
A recent article published in the Inbound Logistics trade publication, titled "Meet me in St. Louis," highlighted many multi-modal assets in the St. Louis Metropolitan region, including both Missouri and Illinois
(Read More)

City's unique parks continue to develop
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 07/23/2016)  
"There are so many opportunities made available by these parks," said Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, speaking about the city's four special parks: The Watershed Nature Center, the Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, the Children's Museum, and the Wildey Theatre.
(Read More)

Regional Business Council to induct new members of 2016-17 Young Professionals Network-Leadership 100
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/23/2016) 
The St. Louis Regional Business Council will welcome 28 new leaders to the 2016-2017 Young Professionals Network Leadership 100 during an induction dinner July 28 at the Forest Park Trolley Room. 

Safety regulators get up for higher train speeds in Illinois 
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/24/2016)
Safety regulators have started warning motorists of faster trains along a high-speed rail corridor in Illinois months before Amtrak service at up to 110 mph is set to begin.

Madison County Treasurer invests $740,000 in Alton School District bonds
(The Riverbender, 07/23/2016)
  Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, CPA, announced his office again invested in school district bonds, bringing the total to $3.9 million.

SIUE's Schultz receives prestigious ACUHO-I Parthenon Award
(The Riverbender, 07/23/2016)  
The Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I) has bestowed its Parthenon Award to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Mike Schultz. 
(Read More)

County building commission approves juvenile detention center ADA improvements
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/21/2016)
St. Clair County Public Building Commission members on Thursday approved upgrades at the county's juvenile detention center.
(Read More)

Big Brothers Big Sisters hires new president and CEO
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/21/2016) 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has hired Natalie Jablonski as its new president and CEO.   (Read More)

New Belleville chamber exec leaning on membership ties
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/2016)  
Wendy Pfeil's new job looks a lot like her last one. The address hasn't changed and neither have the faces of her colleagues.   (Read More)

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/2016)  
A recent article published in the Inbound Logistics trade publication, titled "Meet me in St. Louis," highlighted many multi-modal assets in the St. Louis Metropolitan region, including both Missouri and Illinois.
(Read More)

City's unique parks continue to develop
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 07/23/2016)
"There are so many opportunities made available by these parks," said Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, speaking about the city's four special parks: The Watershed Nature Center, the Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, the Children's Museum, and the Wildey Theatre. 

Regional Business Council to induct new members of 2016-17 Young Professionals Network-Leadership 100
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/23/2016)

The St. Louis Regional Business Council will welcome 28 new leaders to the 2016-2017 Young Professionals Network Leadership 100 during an induction dinner July 28 at the Forest Park Trolley Room.
(Read More)

Safety regulators get up for higher train speeds in Illinois
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/24/2016)
Safety regulators have started warning motorists of faster trains along a high-speed rail corridor in Illinois months before Amtrak service at up to 110 mph is set to begin.   (Read More)

Madison County Treasurer invests $740,000 in Alton School District bonds
(The Riverbender, 07/23/2016)
Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, CPA, announced his office again invested in school district bonds, bringing the total to $3.9 million.  "We invested $740,000 in Alton School District bonds this month, bringing our total in Alton school bonds to $2.3 million," Prenzler said. 
 
SIUE's Schultz receives prestigious ACUHO-I Parthenon Award 
(The Riverbender, 07/23/2016)  
The Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I) has bestowed its Parthenon Award to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Mike Schultz. SIUE's director of university housing received the award during last week's ACUHO-I annual conference and exposition in Seattle.  
 
 

Leadership Council members associated with projects
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Contact Information

Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

618-692-9745

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