July 27, 2015

Our top story this week highlights hundreds that gathered on July 15th to celebrate the return of the prestigious Abilene Trophy to Southwestern Illinois, for a second time in three years, in recognition of the support demonstrated during 2014 for Scott Air Force Base's military members and their families.  Thank you, for your unending support to the Southwestern Illinois region.  


Please read on to enjoy the great news included in this week's Good NewsLink!



Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



Metro-east receives Abilene Trophy in recognition of support for Scott AFB
(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/15/2015)

The metro-east's status as the top community to support an Air Mobility Command base became official Wednesday night with the presentation of the prestigious Abilene Trophy during a ceremony at the passenger terminal of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

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Tristar Properties Begins Construction of $30 Million Distribution Facility at Gateway Commerce Center

(St. Louis CNR, 7/9/2015)

TriStar Properties has begun construction of a $30 million, 717,060-square-foot speculative distribution center at the Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, in Madison County.

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Developer plans $13 million soccer complex in Belleville

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/20/2015)

A Kansas City-based company plans to build an 11-field soccer complex on land next to the planned Hofbrauhaus and hotel development on Illinois 15 across from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

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SIUE gets $1.5M federal grant for East St. Louis clinic

(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 7/13/2015)

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  

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Impact Strategies Begins Construction of New Police Headquarters for City of Belleville

(St. Louis CNR, 7/16/2015)

Construction-management firm Impact Strategies, in collaboration with the City of Belleville, marked the start of construction for the city's new police headquarters at a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site. 
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Belleville District 201 school board hires teachers, approves contract

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/20/2015)

Belleville District 201 officials hired teachers and approved a contract that will increase salaries of administrative assistants while reducing the cost for the district at its monthly board meeting on Monday.
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America's Central Port contributes $1,500 to Grafton advertising

(Alton Telegraph, 7/23/2015)

Grafton's tourism season got off to a soggy start this year, but the chamber of commerce hopes an aggressive advertising campaign, bolstered by a $1,500 contribution from America's Central Port, will give a boost to August numbers.

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Phoenix Recycling & Shredding to expand, staff local developmentally disabled

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/26/2015)

"It's a great place," the 26-year-old Belleville resident said. "I have more fun here than I had at the other workshop I was in."

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Ameren Illinois Upgrading Substations in East St. Louis-Area to Strengthen Energy Delivery Network

(St. Louis CNR, 7/9/2015)

Ameren Illinois continues to make energy infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its energy delivery systems for residential and business customers throughout southern Illinois.

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Save A Lot opening second East St. Louis store

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/26/2015)

Save A Lot will open its second grocery store in East St. Louis next week.  

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SIU trustees OK contracts for Edwardsville construction project, computer leasing program

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/16/2015)

The Southern Illinois University board of trustees on Thursday approved a construction contract and a computer leasing program for the Edwardsville campus.  

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Proposed Highway Plan Unveiled
WBGZ, 7/15/15)  The possibility of a new connector road between Alton and Godfrey is closer than ever, as the Illinois Department of Transportation has revealed the proposed path for the future highway.  
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Burger King to build new restaurant in Swansea

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/14/2015)

Another "king" is headed to Swansea.  

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Dress For Less confirms lease at Edwardsville Crossing, dirt work underway

(Riverbender, 7/21/2015)

Ross Dress For Less has confirmed it has a lease to position a new store in the Edwardsville Crossing Mall.

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Grassroots Grocery Hits Goal

(WBGZ, 7/24/2015)

The areas first cooperative grocery store is scheduled to open next month after meeting its initial fundraising goal.

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Holland Construction Services Completes Phase One and Begins Phase Two for Lebanon School District
(Holland Construction)
Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently completed construction on a new $8.1 million elementary school for Lebanon School District #9 in Lebanon, Illinois and is now serving as construction manager on phase two for the district.(Read More).


 In Other News 

Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors recognized for transactions

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/26/2015)

Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors recently picked up three significant honors recognizing the company's success in the real estate industry.

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SIUE Science and Engineering Research Challenge awarded $20,000 from Monsanto Fund

(Riverbender, 7/20/2015)

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Science and Engineering Research Challenge (SERC) is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from MonsantoFund.

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Scott Credit Union named to Top Workplaces List for fourth Straight year

(Riverbender, 7/13/2015)

Scott Credit Union has remained committed to its strategy of being the best place to work.

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McKendree University makes 'Great College to Work For' Honor Roll

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/26/2015)

McKendree University has made The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great College to Work For" Honor Roll in seven categories.  

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Allegiant, MidAmerica, Impact Strategies aid in child's Make-A-Wish sendoff

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15/15)

For 5-year-old Alayna Woolsey from Benton, Ill., who was diagnosed with Lymphoid Leukemia but is currently in remission, July 12 proved to be a pretty special day as it marked the start of a much-anticipated journey for her and her family.

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25th annual Jobs Plus fair planned for September

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/24/2015)

Employers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are being invited to participate in Jobs Plus '15, a job fair to be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.  

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RockTenn merges with MeadWestvaco

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/17/2015)

Norcross-Ga.-based RockTenn, which had a facility in Highland, completed a merger with MeadWestvaco on July 1 to become WestRock, the second-largest packaging company in the world.

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New dean tabbed for SIUE College of Arts and Sciences

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/17/2015)

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved Gregory Budzban, PhD, as the new dean of SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences.

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Casino's commitment and new journey

(Advantage News, 7/19/2015)

Through local events and promotions, the Argosy Casino in Alton is pleased to announce it has raised more than $8,000 for cancer research, while also looking forward to the Aug. 1 opening date of its new restaurant, Journey.

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WSIE-FM receives $5K grant from Wells Fargo Advisors

(Illinois Business Journal, 7/23/2015)

WSIE-FM, the 50,000-watt NPR affiliate radio station broadcasting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo Advisors to support the station's ongoing drive to upgrade its audio equipment.

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Noodles & Co. coming to metro-east

(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/19/2015)

The metro-east area's first Noodles & Co. will open soon in Shiloh.  

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Leadership Council members associated
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Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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