November 19, 2019
Winter weather may have arrived early in the region, but the Metro East remains a hot spot for investment with activity in multiple sectors that we are happy to share in this edition of the Good NewsLink.

Coming to fruition at the southwest corner of IL Route 157 and Governors’ Parkway is Trace on the Parkway, a $50 million multi-phase, mixed-use development. The 26-acre site, directly across from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, features upscale residential apartments, retail, restaurants and more, connecting to Madison County Transit cycling and walking trails. The first of several residential buildings are on track to open in early 2020.

The City of Edwardsville has also been granted $2.5 million in funding through the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) grant program for the construction of the city’s first indoor recreation center. The 39,700-square-foot, multi-purpose recreation facility will provide the community and region with a center that will increase fitness, build community and stimulate the regional economy by providing access to recreation facilities not currently available to residents – such as an indoor ice-skating rink, an elevated 175-meter, four-lane running track, a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, locker rooms, spectator seating and related support facilities.

In the healthcare sector, Siteman Cancer Center will begin seeing patients at its newest facility, Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, starting Jan. 13. The new $38 million medical facility will accommodate multidisciplinary care with radiation oncology and chemotherapy services, as well as provide access to Siteman’s more than 400 clinical studies.

On the workforce development front, the Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program recently hosted the 21st annual Metro Construction Career Expo, introducing more than 1,400 middle school and high school students from across the Metro East to careers in the construction trades.

You’ll find more details on these stories and various others below as we continue to round up and share all the good news occurring in our region.

Have a great week!

Dr. Ronda Sauget
Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director and CEO
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
104 Magnolia Drive, Ste B
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
We were pleased to host the Japan Forum on October 3rd and the Leadership Council Board of Directors meeting October 4th with guest speakers from the Consul of Economic Affairs for Consulate General of Japan in Chicago , Keidanren USA (Japan Business Federation), and JETRO Chicago.

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IL & MO Mixed-Use Developments offer Luxury Living, Enticing Amenities
(St. Louis Construction News and Review, September/October 2019 Issue, Page 26)
The planned integration of spaces to live, dine and play is evident in four mixed-use development taking shape across the St. Louis metro area. (Read More)

UPDATED: Edwardsville granted $2.5M for multi-use indoor recreation facility
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 10/22/2019)
Edwardsville has been granted $2.5 million in funding through the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) grant program for the construction of the city of Edwardsville’s first indoor recreation center near a Madison County Bike Trail and Governors’ Parkway. (Read More)

OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony’s unveils Moeller Cancer Center
(Illinois Business Journal, November 2019 Issue, Page 10
A support group for women with cancer is the latest offering of the new $14 million OSF HealthCare Moeller Cancer Center, which opened in October . (Read More)

Siteman Cancer Center advances patient care in Southern lllinois 
(Illinois Business Journal, November 2019 Issue, Page 14)
Siteman Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Southern Illinois, begins seeing patients at its newest facility, at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Jan. 13. (Read More)

SIUE earns $990,000 National Science Foundation grant
(Advantage News, 10/15/2019)
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $991,073 grant to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the project ADVANCE Adaptation: Toward an Inclusive Model of Excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)  (Read More)

Aviation jobs are waiting, high school girls discover at Metro East event
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/16/2019)
New career dreams may be taking flight for 120 young women from more than a dozen area high schools who participated in the 2nd annual Girls in Aviation Day Oct. 4, at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.  (Read More)

$3.9M plan to raise and rebuild flood-prone Route 67 at Clark Bridge unveiled, work to begin in 2021
(Alton Telegraph, 10/16/2019)
People got a chance to see plans for the elevation of southbound U.S. 67 from the Clark Bridge south to the Consolidated North County Levee at a public meeting Tuesday at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.
The southbound lanes will be brought to the same elevation as the northbound lanes, with “J-turns” installed instead of traditional intersections to allow safer traffic flow. (Read More)

SIBA has Scholarships to be Awarded
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/16/2019)
The Education Committee, Scholarship Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Illinois Builders Association have announced that scholarships are available. They are open to individuals who have a career goal in the construction management/construction-related engineering/architectural fields and are planning to enroll as a full-time student and maintain full-time student status (12-hour minimum.) ( Read More)
As part of the Building Workforce 2030 program, we have partnered with Dupo, IL High School to bring speakers into their Co-op class. These speakers introduce students to a variety of careers in industry and business.
Forward Progress
Ameren Among Nation’s Top Economic Development Utilities
(Ameren Newsletter, 4th Quarter 2019)
For the fourth time, Ameren Corporation has been named to the prestigious list of Top Utilities in Economic Development in 2019 by Site Selection magazine. About 3,300 energy companies from across the country were evaluated on many criteria, including innovative programs and incentives to attract and expand businesses and create new jobs. (Read More)

Madison County awarded $3.7 million in housing funds
(Advantage News, 10/27/2019)
U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) announced approximately $39.2 million in federal funding to Illinois communities — including about $3.7 million for Madison County — through programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Read More)

Ag Coast of America now has all the ingredients in place to feed the world
(American Journal of Transportation, 10/29/2019)
The Ag Coast of America is expanding to lead the world in addressing global food security concerns. Strategically located in the center of the world’s agriculture production, the bi-state St. Louis region is recognized as a world leader in agriculture technology (agtech) research and grain barge handling capacity. (Read More)

Duckworth, Durbin announce $1 million in funding for firefighters
(Advantage News, 11/1/2019)
U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $1,139,969.68 in federal funding to communities in the Metro East area through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. (Read More)

State issues massive list of road projects for ‘20-‘25
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/1/2019)
 Now that Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation released the department’s annual Multi-Year Plan of road and bridge projects across the state, called ‘Rebuild Illinois,’ the Intelligencer focused in on how the plan affects Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Maryville.

Southern Illinois Builders Members Give Students Up Close, Personal Intro to Trades Careers
(St. Louis Construction News & Review, 10/30/2019)
During four days this week, more than 1,400 middle school and high school students from across the Metro East participated in the Southern Illinois Builders and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program Association’s 21st annual Metro Construction Career Expo. (Read More)

How Legal Cannabis Could Cloud Illinois Employers' Ability To Enforce Drug-Free Policies
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/6/2019)
BELLEVILLE — Recreational cannabis will be legal in Illinois in less than two months, and some employers are scrambling to understand what legalization will mean for their drug-free policies. 
Specifically, the new law pits an employee’s right to use marijuana recreationally on their own time against an employer’s ability to enforce drug-free policies under Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax (Read More)

Illinois American Water acquires Godfrey wastewater system
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/6/2019)
Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk said the company’s acquisition of the Village of Godfrey wastewater system adds approximately 6,200 wastewater customers to the Southern Illinois service area. The system serves customers in Godfrey and nearby communities of Brighton and Fosterburg. (Read More)

Ameren Illinois donates $60,000 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/9/2019)
Ameren Illinois is making a $60,000 donation to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in East St. Louis to support programs for at-risk children. (Read More)

Senior Services Plus Will Have About $25,000 Per Year for Programs Thanks to Illinois Solar for All
(Riverbender, 11/11/2019)
Senior Services Plus, a nonprofit in Alton, Illinois, offers exercise classes, foster grandparent programs, travel, meals-on-wheels, and many other programs for low-income seniors in the rural community.
Soon the organization will have about $25,000 more per year for such programming, thanks to energy savings through the Illinois Solar for All program, which incentivizes solar in low-income and environmental justice areas underrepresented in the solar market. (Read More)
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