November 29 , 2016

Ronda Sauget
This edition of the Good NewsLink features several announcements about new
construction projects within SWIL. DB Schenker, a German headquartered
global logistics firm, announced it will occupy a 520,000 sq. ft. industrial
building in Edwardsville's Gateway East Business Park. This anchor tenant will
be a welcome addition to the high growth base of prominent companies already
calling this business park complex home.
Next, Impact Strategies, a Fairview Heights construction management firm,
announced the completion of two major construction projects for Ameren
Illinois located in central Illinois.  Impact Strategies also recently completed
a new $15.8M Belleville Police Department Headquarters. Now, Impact Strategies
is working on the renovations to the Belleville City Hall building.
Further, the Korte Company will begin a design-build project for BJC Alton
Memorial Hospital. The new 2- story, 42,166 sq. ft. new addition to the Medical
Office Building B, located on Alton Memorial's existing campus, will be a welcome
addition and provides additional patient care facilities.  A recently completed
new 9,000 sq. ft. Alton Terminus Station will enable easy access to the new
high-speed rail system connecting Alton to Chicago is scheduled to start
operations by Summer 2017.
Finally, the Manufacturing and Craft your Future Campaign continues to bring
awareness and drive young adults to career tech programs at local community
colleges. Thank you to all of the people who participate in this important community
program. The 2017 Trades Career Expo inspired students and young adults
to begin careers in the construction building trades with over 1,000 students
participating in this prominent yearly event. We also want to congratulate the
Boeing Company for expanding its St. Louis workforce by 500 new jobs.

Please read on to learn more about other positive announcements in SWIL!     

Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
200 University Park Dr., Suite 240
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-692-9745 (office)
618-410-6422 (mobile)
Trades Career Expo offers students a great opportunity
(The Labor Tribune, 11/14/2016)
We worry about our kids a lot these days. How are they going to make a living in this complicated economy?
(Read More)
Belleville consulting business lands $4,000 grant from National Association for Self-Employed
( Illinois Business Journal
, 11/15/2016)
The National Association for the Self-Employed today announced that a Belleville small business, JFY Consulting, has been awarded a 2016 Growth Grant.
(Read More)
Another new logistics tenant coming to Gateway Commerce Center area
, 11/15/2016) 
Those driving by the new building going up at 520 Gateway Commerce Center Drive off New Poag Road in Edwardsville notice it will be a large structure and the good news keeps coming: The building already has a primary tenant.
(Read More)
IMPACT Strategies complete two projects for Ameren Illinois
(Riverbender, 11/14/2016)
Fairview Heights-based construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it completed two major building construction projects for Ameren Illinois in central Illinois.

Engineering faculty, students collaborate on storm water project
(Advantage News, 11/14/2016)
The Illinois Department of Transportation has called on the expertise of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville engineering scholars to find cost-effective solutions that meet regulations from the Environment Protection Agency to retain 1-inch storm water highway runoff.

Global logistics firm to anchor Edwardsville industrial building
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/17/2016)
DB Schenker, a global logistics company headquartered in Germany, will anchor a 520,000-square-foot industrial building in Edwardsville's Gateway East business park, according to a source familiar with the deal.
(Read More)
MidAmerica Airport improvement plan wins approval
(St. Louis Business Journal
, 11/18/2016) 
An updated five-year capital improvement proposal for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport was approved Thursday by the St. Clair County Public Building Commission.
(Read More)
Hoffman, Beiser working to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off steel workers
(Illinois Business Journal
, 11/17/2016)  
State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, and state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, passed a bill out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee Tuesday that will extend unemployment insurance benefits for laid-off employees of the U.S. Steel mill in Granite City.
(Read More)
SIUE East St. Louis Center receives Boeing grant for new kindergarten readiness camp
(Illinois Business Journal
, 11/16/2016) 
The Boeing Company is helping Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center prepare students for kindergarten who have not been able to participate in a high-quality early childhood program.
First phase of Pride, Inc.'s State House Circle project completed
, 11/17/2016) 
The first phase of Pride, Incorporated's State House Circle project has been completed.
Academy Sports + Outdoors to debut with grand opening Nov. 18-20
( Illinois Business Journal
, 11/16/2016)  
Lincoln Crossing shopping center will welcome the first-in-state location for Academy Sports + Outdoors, just in time for holiday shopping.
(Read More)
Impact Strategies completes Belleville police HQ
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch
, 11/18/2016)  
Impact Strategies completed a new $15.8 million headquarters for the police department in Belleville and is now working to renovate City Hall.
(Read More)
Upgraded train station chugging along
, 11/17/2016) 
A new high-speed rail system connecting Alton with Chicago is set to start operations by summer 2017, and comes with a new 9,000 square-foot Alton terminus station.
(Read More)
Fairview Heights recreation center looking for a home on city's west side
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/14/2016) 

A recreation complex that Fairview Heights officials hope will be a gathering spot for all in the city soon will have a home.
Wood River Levee work continues; Second phase aiming for January completion
(The Alton Telegraph , 11/18/2016)  
The second phase of work to mitigate Mississippi River water seepage from sand boils under the Wood River Levee near Alton Marina continues, with completion set for January.
(Read More)
Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis raises $1.75 million
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/21/2016
The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis says its annual community campaign raised $1.75 million.
(Read More)
SWIC Fire Science program receives international accreditation
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/21/2016 )
The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress recently gave its seal of approval to four Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science program certificates.
(Read More)
Southern Illinois Builders Association donates to pair of food pantries
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/21/2016) 
The Southern Illinois Builders Association recently held its Annual Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting. In conjunction with this event, the Leadership Development Council held a food drive with all donations and proceeds to benefit the Belleville and O'Fallon area foods banks.
(Read More)
SBDC expertise helps alum launch enrollment/retention marketing Biz
(Riverbender, 11/21/2016)
Who better to launch a company equipping universities with targeted outreach to curret and prospective students than a recent Southern Illinois University Edwardsville MBA graduate?
(Read More)
Museum repairs to continue into 2017
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/19/2016)
It could be as early as July 2017 when the Madison County Historical Museum finally wraps up its multi-million dollar renovation project and re-opens to the public over at 715 North Main St. in Edwardsville.
(Read More)
SIUE receives $300,000 Department of Justice Grant to build awareness and prevention of sexual assault
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/14/2016)
A $300,000 grant will fund an initiative that aims to utilize education for prevention of sexual assault and to increase student awareness of victims' services at SIUE.
(Read More)
CORE Physical Medicine's individualized services gives patients unique opportunities to heal
(Riverbender, 11/15/2016)
With their focus on whole body health and supportive interaction with their patients, CORE Physical Medicine, located at #4 157 Center in Edwardsville, ensures their patients' optimal health by forming individualized treatments and listening their unique needs.
United Way hits record $75 million for its 2016 St. Louis campaign
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/15/2016)  
United Way of Greater St. Louis raised a record amount of just more than $75 million in its 2016 campaign.
(Read More)
Three area municipalities tackle Green Cities Challenge
(Advantage News, 11/15/2016)
As the St. Louis Green Business Challenge winds down for 2016, municipalities are celebrating their successes as participants in the Green Cities Challenge, with the hopes that other municipalities will follow their examples.
SIUE engineering students awarded at IEEE Black Box Competition
(Riverbender, 11/16/2016) 
Three teams of engineering students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville represented the School of Engineering proudly, when they earned two second place spots and one third place award at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Saint Louis Section Black Box competition held Saturday, Nov. 5.
Future health professionals gain connections during SIUE Health Careers Fair
(Riverbender, 11/16/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students looking to pursue careers in health-related fields had the opportunity to network with more than 40 leading healthcare employers during the annual Health Careers Fair held Monday, Nov. 14.
Riverbend CEO program to expand next year
(Riverbender, 11/17/2016)
The Riverbend CEO program, an entrepreneurial project that started this year for Alton and Marquette high school students, will be expanding next year to include other regional high schools.
Illinois to start issuing newly redesigned license plates
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/15/2016)
Illinois is starting a program to replace older license plates that officials say won't cost the budget-strapped state any additional money.
Upcoming eSports competition in area sue to be a "smash"
(Riverbender, 11/18/2016)
G amers, Nintendo fanatics and the competitive at heart are in for a treat during the weekend of December 2 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.
(Read More) 
Nontraditional student brings community back to SIUE
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/15/2016)
L aShaudra Jordan isn't waiting for graduation before she launches her career and gives back to the community in the process.
(Read More)
Evolution Detail announces partnership with Garella Pest Services
(Riverbender, 11/18/2016)
E volution Detail has recently announced a new partnership with local business Garella Pest Services, taking care of their fleet of trucks.
(Read More) 
Boeing adding 500 jobs in St. Louis
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/15/2016)
B oeing plans to add 500 jobs to its St. Louis operations, the company announced Tuesday.
(Read More)
Senior housing development in the works for O'Fallon
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/27/2016)
A senior citizen residential apartment development is being planned along Lincoln Avenue in O'Fallon near the library.
A Jumping Joy! Fun Center finds new location
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/27/2016)
The A Jumping Joy! Fun Center plans to open its new location at 2901 State St. in Granite City, according to its website.
Belleville bustles as Christkindlmarkt begins
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/26/2016)
Belleville's Public Square was full Saturday afternoon as shoppers, eaters and Santa-seekers enjoyed the third annual Christkindlmarkt.
(Read More) 
O'Fallon approves hotel/motel tax hike to fund Destination O'Fallon
(O'Fallon Progress, 11/22/2016)
The City of O'Fallon approves a 4 percentage point increase to the hotel/motel tax as a way to pay for the Destination O'Fallon project during a final reading on Monday night at the O'Fallon City Council meeting.
(Read More)
The Korte Company to Begin Design-Build Project For BJC at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Illinois
(St. Louis Construction News & Review, 11/21/2016)
The Korte Company was awarded a 2-story, 42,166 square foot addition to the existing Medical Office Building 'B', located on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus in Alton, Illinois.
(Read More) 
SIUE weCode event to teach beginning programming to high school students
(Riverbender, 11/23/2016)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science is offering high school students an opportunity to experience programming, a skillset that is increasingly in demand across industries.
(Read More)
Winter Market will return to downtown
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/23/2016)
Goshen Market may be closed for the winter, but the city of Edwardsville's Winter Market returns for its fourth season on Dec. 3.
(Read More) 
SBDC helps partners acquire business
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/23/2016)
Wood River native Jeff Stassi and his business partner Steve Boyd are combining their extensive nonprofit, healthcare and emergency relief agency experience in acquiring, operating, and expanding a non-medical home care business - Central Illinois Care Services (CICS) - to serve clients across Central and Southern Illinois.
(Read More)

Village studies business district
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/28/2016)
Glen Carbon officials have begun the process of studying whether the future development of the 54-acre Foucek property is eligible to be deemed a business district.

Keeping it local: Green Gift Bazaar 'hopping' with conscience shoppers
(Alton Telegraph, 11/29/2016)
About 20 years ago Steve Kirbach found some rock in a stream in Missouri, put them together in the form of morel mushrooms and made art.
(Read More) 

Flyers collect their eight state championship
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/26/2016)
Or the first time in eight years the City of Champions is celebrating.

Light it up: Salvation Army begins Tree of Lights campaign with community dinner
(Riverbender, 11/25/2016)
The Alton Salvation Army Corps celebrated its second year of having a living tree of its own to light Wednesday night at its Booth House, located at 525 Alby St. in Alton.

Village green
(Advantage News, 11/26/2016)
Village leaders on Oct. 16 commemorated the 50th anniversary of one of the town's most scenic sites.
(Read More)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Education Committee has developed a survey to  connect business resources with educational institutions, enabling both strategic groups to easily coordinate mutual sharing for the advancement of overall workforce development. 

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Ronda Sauget, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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