February 13, 2018

We're looking forward to some warmer temperatures this week and pleased to see things heating up on the development front with news of a pending $500 million investment that could create 1,000 jobs in the Jerseyville area. With that kind of job growth on the horizon, it's good to know that there are various efforts underway across the region to help build our future workforce, and you'll find several related articles in this edition of Good NewsLink.
Among those efforts is the Manufacture Your Future/Craft your Future initiative created by the Leadership Council in collaboration with the Madison-Bond and Mid-America Workforce Investment Boards, the Southern Illinois Builders Association and the building trades. We're very proud that the program is recognized as one of the finalists for the 5th Annual Arcus Awards, and we're excited to see several other Council members also among the finalists in several categories.
Looking ahead, reservations are now being accepted for the Leadership Council's Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Celebration, being held March 15. We hope you'll join us as we celebrate major contributors in talent development now and throughout the last 35 years for their collective economic impact, career awareness and exceptional growth. The event is open to all and sponsorship opportunities also remain. To learn more, just give us a call at 618-692-9745.

Have a great week!
Ronda Sauget, D. Mgmt, MBA
Executive Director
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

Sizable railroad facility coming to Jerseyville: 1,000 jobs, $500 million investment
(2/12/18, Post-Dispatch)
A major railroad and logistics investment planned for the small Metro East community of Jerseyville will make a major impact on the region's transportation and logistics infrastructure, officials say.  ( Read More)

Madison County continues to see growth at Gateway Commerce Center
(1/30/18 Advantage News)
Madison County sees more growth at Gateway Commerce Center.
"There is so much going on at Gateway," Chairman Kurt Prenzler said. "The area just keeps growing."  ( Read More)

Here are O'Fallon's ideas for developing land near the new I-64 exit
A recent study by a non-profit research institute suggests a swath of land near  Scott Air Force Base  originally intended for an intelligence agency campus could still be developed into a diverse business park.  (Read More)
Community support fuels Air Mobility Command's mission success
(2/7/18, Post-Dispatch)
As we transition into 2018, I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank the local communities that support the men and women of our Air Force and Air Mobility Command.  Our airmen consider you friends, neighbors and members of the team.   ( Read More )

West Star Aviation expands Midwest footprint with acquisition of St. Louis downtown hangar
(2/7/18, Riverbender.com)
West Star Aviation is pleased to announce its expansion to St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS). The location will be fully operational and open to current and future customers by mid-February of 2018.  The 43,000 sq. ft. hangar will operate as an extension to West Star's current full-service facility in East Alton, IL (ALN).  ( Read More )

Alton seeking proposals for development around multimodal station
(2/1/18 Alton Telegraph) 
With the Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center now operating, the city is seeking requests for proposals to develop the surrounding land into the "Wadlow Town Center."  (Read more)

Officials hope Swansea complex lures more development
(2/8/18, Illinois Business Journal)
Work has begun on the Metro East's second transit-oriented senior apartment complex, the $10.9 million Metro Landing of Swansea, which officials hope becomes a catalyst for more development.  ( Read More )

Southern Illinois Builders Association supports STEM to build workforce
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal) 
The Southern Illinois Builders Association is working a multi-pronged strategy to attract young people to the construction industry where science, technology, engineering and math are its building blocks.  ( Read More )

Leadership Council campaigns to 'Manufacture/Craft/Cyber Your Future'
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal) 
Over the last two years, representatives of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois have spoken to more than 12,000 students, parents and teachers regarding STEM education and employment opportunities.  Ronda Sauget, executive director of the council, said one of the first things she did when she began the job was to go out and talk to business owners.  ( Read More )

SIUE approach gets students, parents and teachers involved in STEM
On March 24, about 300 middle and high school students from across 10 Southern Illinois counties will be presenting their research projects at the annual Science and Engineering Research Challenge at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  ( Read More )

Madison County Regional Schools stress STEM ed for students, teachers
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal) 
STEM education is all about how science, technology, engineering and mathematics work together to solve problems, according to Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber.  "There are no silos of knowledge in technology," Daiber said.  ( Read More )

Ameren, others work to build Next Generation energy workforce
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal)
One of the hallmarks of the utility industry is the deep institutional knowledge of the workforce. In utility companies throughout the country, it's not unusual to hear about employees who have worked in the business for upward of 40 years or more.   ( Read More )

Announcing the Finalists of the 5th Annual Arcus Awards
(2/6/18, St. Louis Regional Chamber)
The 5th annual Arcus Awards, presented by RubinBrown LLP, will honor 51 companies, organizations, and institutions who make St. Louis a more attractive place to live, work, and invest.  ( Read More )

Architecture and Engineering Roundup
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal)
Some of the projects our local engineers and architects are working on and the places they're doing them.

Furniture and design firm celebrates 22 years
(1/29/18, Advantage News)
Louer Facility Planning Inc., a commercial furniture dealership and interior design firm, is celebrating 22 years in business. Local resident Jane Louer founded the business in 1996 and it is located in the Eastport business district in Collinsville.  ( Read More )

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes SIUE for its exemplary transfer pathways
(2/7/18, RiverBender)
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among 112 colleges and universities to its 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.    ( Read More )

Magazine ranks SIUE nursing school among top 100
(2/6/18, Advantage News)
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing among the top 100 in its 2018 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list.  ( Read More )

McKendree University home to oldest Sigma Zeta National Honor Society in nation
(2/11/18, Illinois Business Journal)
Not only is McKendree University the oldest college in the state of Illinois, it also boasts the oldest chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Honor Society. The society's purpose is to foster the attainment of knowledge in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics.  ( Read More )

SWIC makes 2018 top 10 list for Military Friendly schools
(2/7/18, The Telegraph)
Southwestern Illinois College has earned the 2018 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse.  ( Read More )