July 12, 2016 

Ronda Sauget
This edition of the Good NewsLink features many stories about growth and expansion plans of many of the Leadership Council companies. As Amazon plans for its 65 semi-truck motorcade filled with distribution facility equipment to arrive in Edwardsville to America's Central Port plans to capitalize on the newly expanded Panama Canal world market opportunities; it is clear that Southwestern Illinois businesses are positioning themselves for even more domestic and international trade activities.

In this edition, we also see our healthcare facilities providing even more technologically advanced patient procedures and additional partnerships for the care of children. Our educational institutions are receiving top recognition as centers of academic excellence. As Southwestern Illinois continues down a positive path of economic growth and strives to achieve a continued high quality of life for our communities, the Leadership Council members stand committed to working diligently to see these positive trends continue.

Please read on to learn more!
Ronda Sauget   
Executive Director 
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Massive projects tied to Amazon, General Motors drive $300 million in development  
(St. Louis Business Journal, 07/01/2016)  
When Amazon moves into two new industrial warehouse facilities in Edwardsville later this fall, it will do so with a motorcade of about 65 semi-trucks - each full of racking and robotics needed for the retail behemoth to open its distribution facilities that total 1.5 million square feet.
SIUE lands among Forbes Magazine's top colleges
(Ed/Glen.com, July 11 2016) Dr. Stephen Hansen, SIUE interim chancellor.EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine's top colleges ranking.

St. Louis Global Trade Plan builds on Granite City port efforts
(Metro East Chronicle, 07/06/2016)  
Panamanian officials last week celebrated the opening of the expanded Panama Canal - designed to facilitate mega-freighter traffic between the U.S. and Asia - top St. Louis area business and political leaders moved into the second phase of a drive to position the Gateway region for a new era in international trade.
Table of Experts: Southwestern Illinois discussion
(St. Louis Business Journal, 06/24/2016)
Roundtable; Southwestern Illinois Developments; what's driving growth in Southwestern Illinois?
Prairie Farms to move HQ to Edwardsville
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/29/2016)
Prairie Farms Dairy is moving ahead with its plan to relocate its headquarters from Carlinville to a new building to be constructed at a business park in Edwardsville
HSHS St. Elizabeth's to partner with Cardinal Glennon for emergency pediatric coverage
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/05/2016)
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is bringing pediatric care to HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital under an affiliation agreement announced Tuesday.  
Madison County awards environmental grants  
(Advantage News, 07/05/2016)  
Madison County recently awarded 13 grants totaling $163,835 to townships and municipalities for sustainability initiatives.
The grants are administered through the county's Planning & Development Department.
New USA Mortgage Office in O'Fallon eyeing $100 million in loan volume by end of 2017
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/28/2016)  
The largest private mortgage bank and mortgage lender in metro St. Louis, DAS Acquisition Company, LLC, has opened a new six-person USA Mortgage office at 791 Wall St. in O'Fallon, Ill.
Dunstan announces establishment of Madison County Energy Advisory Board
(Riverbender, 06/30/2016)
Citing the importance of the energy-related businesses in Madison County, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced the establishment of the Madison County Energy Advisory Board.
IDOT plans work along Illinois 203 in Madison
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/05/2016)
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to intermittently restrict Illinois 203 between Eagle Park Road and Maverick Drive near Madison to allow for road repairs, the agency said.
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital first in Metro East to use Multipoint Pacing technology for heart patients 
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/08/2016) 
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in partnership with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, is the first facility in the Metro East to utilize the new MultiPoint Pacing technology, featured on the Quadra Allure MP CRT-pacemaker. Prairie cardiologist Dr. Atul Shah performed the procedure recently in the multi-million-dollar electrophysiology lab at the Belleville campus.
Engineers to create 'road map' for Highland water system's future improvements
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/22/2016)
The Highland City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the engineering firm Hurst-Rosche Inc. of Hillsboro, Ill., to conduct a study of the city's water distribution system.
Tenant named in new Collinsville development  
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/03/2016)  
A sandwich shop was revealed as the first tenant in a Collinsville strip center that will be built near a planned Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Belleville aldermen to consider apartment
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/04/2016)
A planned 16-building apartment complex on Belleville's east end could move into the next phase if aldermen approve a site plan
during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
J's Market and Grill announces grand opening of Alton restaurant
(Riverbender, 06/30/2016)
J's Market & Grill today announced the Grand Opening of their first restaurant, located in Alton at 1808 Washington Ave.
Woodland Park project underway in Collinsville  
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/27/2016)
Work is underway in Collinsville to replace the 99-unit Northgate homes, an apartment project of the Madison County Housing Authority.
Credit union expands membership field
(Advantage News, 06/28/2016)
State regulators approved GCS Credit Union to increase its field of membership to provide financial services to additional Illinois counties: Sangamon, Logan, Macon, Marion, Jefferson, Perry, Jackson and Williamson. The credit union also serves Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington and Randolph counties.
Glen Carbon trampoline park now open
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/27/2016)
After lots of anticipation and a little bit of a delay, the Altitude trampoline park is now open in Glen Carbon. The park is located at 91 Fountain Drive just off Illinois 157.
Operations manager Alex Boker said Monday he was "absolutely thrilled" the park was open.
Crushed Red planning fall opening in Edwardsville 
(Illinois Business Journal, 06/27/2016)
Hilliker Corp., a St. Louis-owned and managed commercial real estate company, is helping a St. Louis restaurant expand into Illinois Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop shop will open its newest location at 222 Park St. in Edwardsville. The 3,000-square-foot property will be located at a new office and retail development in the heart of downtown Edwardsville. The restaurant is scheduled to open for business by early fall of 2016.
Urgent care center to open later this month
(The Telegraph, 07/02/2016)
Urgent care center MedExpress will open later this month, according to a company spokesperson. 
The center at 1704 Homer M. Adams Parkway is scheduled to open on July 20, said spokesperson Annie Jamieson, and will offer an urgent care, employer health, and wellness and prevention services.
Board approves sidewalk contract
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 07/05/2016)   
Glen Carbon Trustees awarded a $60,423 contract to Stutz Excavating Inc. for sidewalk work on Meridian and Glen Crossing Road.
The project will bring sidewalk ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
Edwardsville startup eyes booming online food ordering market 
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/10/2016)
We've all been there: Hungry and pressed for time, we pull out our phones in search of food we can order online.
We've all been there: Disappointed that you can't order online from your favorite local spot, so you give up and order the same old thing from the same old mega-chain restaurant.
A 'deteriorated' shopping center might get a facelift 
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/10/2016)
Adam Hill, a Belleville developer, wants to renovate a westside shopping center, where the first building opened over 40 years ago.

Hop House Southern Eatery opens in O'Fallon 
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/10/2016)  
The Hop House Southern Eatery is open in O'Fallon, offering dozens of craft beer choices and menu choices like spicy fried chicken and smoked gouda and jalapeƱo grits.

Jerseyville Mayor Russell: Rail hub in city "very close" to being a reality
(Riverbender, 07/06/2016)    
There is excitement brewing in Jerseyville that hasn't been present in a quite some time with the possibility of a rail hub coming.
The rail hub would likely include warehouses and other storage space, and several additional solid paying jobs with excellent benefits to the Jersey area.
(Read More) 
In Other News:
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois awarded $25,000 Monsanto Fund Grant 
(Riverbender, 07/11/2016)  
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) has received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to support Girl Scout STEM Robotics Leadership in Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair counties.   Robotics are a key). By participating component of GSSI's commitment to giving girls opportunities and guidance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM in three different robotics leagues at three different age levels, GSSI aims to engage more girls across southern Illinois in STEM, so that they can explore valuable career options, build critical thinking and technical skills and sustain a lifelong interest in topics that many girls drift away from by middle school.

Scott Credit Union named top workplace for fifth straight year
(The Riverbender, 07/05/2016) 
Scott Credit Union has remained committed to its strategy of being the best place to work. That commitment paid off again recently when the local credit union was named to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplace for the fifth straight year.
Alton Memorial Hospital earns national awards 
(Advantage News, 06/27/2016)
Alton Memorial Hospital won six prestigious honors at the 2016 Professional Research Consultants National Excellence in Healthcare Conference this spring in Miami.
Illinois joins statewide #GoOpen initiative 
(The Telegraph, 06/28/2016)  
Illinois announced the launch of a new statewide #GoOpen initiative, joining the inaugural cohort of states across the country committing to support school districts and educators transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in their schools.
Anderson Hospital completes affiliation with Community Memorial in Staunton 
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/01/2016)  
Anderson Hospital has completed its affiliation agreement with Community Memorial Hospital of Staunton.
Announcement of intent to affiliate was made in October of 2015. After a due diligence process and completion of all regulatory approvals, the boards of both hospitals formed an affiliation agreement that establishes Anderson Hospital as the corporate parent to CMH effective July 1, 2016.
SIUE East St. Louis Center offers new Kindergarten Readiness Program  
(Riverbender, 06/29/2016)
Little heads line up and stand still in a long line. And when one person makes a sound, a four-year-old boy turns and gives a stern "shhh!" His teacher smiles, because the student is learning one of the many lessons to be grasped at Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center's "Kamp Kindergarten," a new Kindergarten Readiness Summer Camp.
Quality Improvement Grant awarded to Edwardsville YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Center 
(The Riverbender, 07/05/2016)  
The Edwardsville YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center has been awarded a Quality Improvement Grant from ExceleRate Illinois. The grant allows for childcare facilities to continue improving and recognizes a program's commitment to quality. It will also allow for the center to reach the next level of excellence, the Silver Circle of Quality.
Shiloh teenager's computer app is finalist in national competition 
(Belleville News Democrat, 06/23/2016)
Lindsey Berry was never into video games. That's at least until now.
Earlier this year, the 14-year-old from Shiloh developed something to Enhance Emotional Recognition (STEER), a computer application to help autistic kids understand the emotions of others.
Regional officials unveil St. Louis export initiative  
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/28/2016)  
Amidst the backdrop of flattening global trade growth, Brexit and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's threats to scrap international trade deals, area leaders on Tuesday unveiled a new plan to grow the St. Louis region's exports.
Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois donates to Violence Prevention Center 
(Illinois Business Journal, 07/08/2016)
(Read More) 
IDOT to put in new road surfaces around Madison County
(Belleville News Democrat, 07/10/2016)  
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to construct new surfaces at several locations in Madison County, the agency said.

Leadership Council members associated with projects
in this issue

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  St. Louis Regional Chamber

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  St. Elizabeth's Hosp

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Memorial Hospital 



Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois
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