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About Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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Since 1983, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has been the premier organization fostering economic growth in Madison and St. Clair counties. Wedeveloped the first regional economic development agenda, and for almost 30 years, our organization has served as one voice, strengthening public/private partnerships throughout Southwestern Illinois to lay the foundation for job growth and retention.

Our Structure »

The Leadership Council's membership includes approximately 175 top executives and decision makers from the five sectors we unite, providing a level of diversity that makes the organization unique. Cooperation and collaboration among our members and local community-based organizations have in many ways helped reshape Southwestern Illinois - strengthening our infrastructure, protecting and enhancing our major employers, building consensus on key issues, and cultivating a positive labor-management environment. We foster relationships on both sides of the river, recognizing that our efforts have an impact that affects not just Southwestern Illinois, but the entire St. Louis region.

The Leadership Council is a 501(c)6 that is guided by a 16-member executive committee dedicated to moving our region forward. The organization’s work is supported by two full time employees - an Executive Director and Office Manager - along with membership volunteers.

Contact us »

Ellen Krohne
Executive Director

Amanda Hornacek



Anna Broadfoot

Office Manager


Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
200 University Park Drive, Suite 240
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618) 692-9745
Fax: (618) 692-9779

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News Update

Area Leaders Host Reception in Honor of New Commander of USTRANSCOM at Scott Air Force Base

Click here to view the news release

General Paul Selva and his wife Ricki greet Bob and Judy Dintelman


Leadership Council and St. Louis Regional Chamber Team Up To Launch St. Louis Gateway

Click here to view the news release.

Visit St. Louis Gateway here.



Leadership Council's Ellen Krohne and USAF Major General Jack Griffith (retired) were recent guests on KMOX talking about Scott Air Force Base being ranked #1 in the nation.

Click here to view the interview.


Scott Air Force Base was recently ranked as the best base for airmen by Air Force Times. 

Click here to view the full article.

Leadership Council honors Scott Air Force Base at Salute to Southwestern Illinois Dinner.

Click here to view news release.

Click here to view photos from the event.






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Leadership Council Mission

core initiatives


View the Leadership Council's 2013 Market Review and Investment Update (PDF).



 Check out this edition here of Inbound Logistics, which prominently features the Metro East part of the St. Louis region.


Representatives from Scott Air Force Base pictured here with members of the Leadership Council at the Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner.

View the photos from the event on Blacktie-Missouri's website.


St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance

Learn more about the St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance.


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