Uniting the Region for Growth

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a not-for-profit member-based economic development corporation representing Southwestern Illinois, primarily Madison and St. Clair counties. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois works to unite the region for economic growth through its coalition of 200 board members who are leaders in business, industry, labor, education, and government. These effective partnerships serve as a driving force behind successful economic development efforts throughout the Metro East Region.

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois develops the regional economic development agenda. Since 1983, the organization has served as one voice, strengthening public/private partnerships throughout Southwestern Illinois to lay the foundation for job growth and retention.

The Leadership Council fosters relationships and partnerships on both sides of the river, recognizing that our efforts have an impact that affects not just Southwestern Illinois, but also the entire St. Louis Region.

Southwestern Illinois. America's Center for Transportation. Gateway to the World.

Just a river's width from St. Louis' Gateway Arch, the Southwestern Illinois portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area has experienced unprecedented economic growth over the past few years and continues to be a hot spot for development.


  • I am honored and grateful to be part of the Leadership Council. I have the opportunity to be part of a collective group of Leaders that is working towards improving the economic growth for the region while strengthening the business partners of the community.

    Christopher W. Kirk
    Vice President - Business Development, First Mid
  • “Leadership Council provides me the opportunity to be part of the driving force behind economic growth in our area as well as network with the region’s most influential leaders.”

    Rick Parks
    SVP/Commercial banking, TheBANK of Edwardsville
  • I get insight into legislative, municipal and corporate efforts initiated to improve our communities and develop our region.  This is important to me personally and to the future growth of my business.

    Bruce Holland
    President, Holland Construction Services, Inc.
  • Membership with the Leadership Council is invaluable. Through meetings and networking with regional business, government and education leaders, I have developed excellent working relationships throughout the region.


    Mary Lamie
    Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freight District
  • “It has been my honor to guide the work of this outstanding and growing organization, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, whose mission is to unite the region for growth. I am very proud to inform you that after 35 years, the Leadership Council has moved from its current 800 sq ft office to over 2,000 sq ft that will enable us to continue to expand our mission and enhance our communities!  Our Executive Committee continually surpasses expectations with each passing year.”

    Kevin Powers
    President, TheBank of Edwardsville