The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) member-based economic development corporation in Southwestern Illinois that is guided by a 17-member executive committee dedicated to moving our region forward.

The Leadership Council works to unite the region for economic growth through its coalition of 250 board members who are top executives and decision makers in business, industry, workforce, education, and government. These effective partnerships serve as a driving force behind successful economic development efforts throughout the Southwestern Illinois Region. 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.

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 business 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. .

The organization’s work is supported by three full-time employees – an Executive Director & CEO, an Executive Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and a part-time Workforce Assistant – along with membership volunteers. .

Key Areas


We are dedicated to making sure that the foundation is being laid for future generations to live, work and prosper in Southwestern Illinois.


We support education and the positive impact it has on the workforce and the economy.


We actively engage our state and federal delegation on key issues of importance to economic growth in the region.


We continue to work on supporting retention and expansion of our manufacturing base, entrepreneurship growth and other key drivers aimed at industry growth.


We work and support labor and management with the longest standing committee in our area that’s over 30 years old.