Press Releases

July 25, 2017

Telling our story of Southwestern Illinois

By Ronda Sauget D.MGMT, MBA In December 2016, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois created and initiated a comprehensive Marketing Communications strategy to tell a positive story […]
June 2, 2017

Madison County, Illinois is National Hot Spot for Warehousing and Logistics

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., June 2, 2017… Madison County is leading the nation in warehouse and logistics activity, according to a research study recently released by the Leadership […]
May 24, 2017

Spring Networking Event helps Team Scott explore jobs

By Shannon Dauber, Airman & Family Services Flight chief / Published May 03, 2017 SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — The Airman & Family Readiness Center […]
April 20, 2017

Leadership Council Annual Dinner Draws Crowd of over 400 to Honor 100+ Years of Continued Growth

Edwardsville, ILL., April 13, 2017… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois welcomed a crowd of over 400 for its 2017 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner Thursday April […]
March 15, 2017

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RELEASES 2016 MARKET REVIEW & INVESTMENT UPDATE

Report highlights projects announced, under construction or completed during 2016; Highlights some of Council’s priorities as it continues work to unite the region for growth  EDWARDSVILLE, IL., […]
February 21, 2017

Senator Martin A. Sandoval Chairs First-ever Senate Transportation Discussion Panel

EDWARDSVILL, IL., February 6, 2017 – Today, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, hosted the first ever Illinois Senate Transportation Discussion Panel on the campus of Lindenwood […]
February 21, 2017

Senator Martin A. Sandoval to Chair First-ever Senate Transportation Discussion Panel Hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

  WHO:                   Senator Martin A. Sandoval, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee; St. Clair County Board Chairman, Mark Kern; Madison County Board Chairman, Kurt Prenzler; St. […]
February 7, 2017

‘We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars in this region alone in projects that need to be built’

Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval, a Chicago, IL democrat, says to have your infrastructure project in the queue, because if your project is not there when […]
November 9, 2016

Would another round of base closings help or hurt Scott AFB

Published by the Belleville News Democrat Congress isn’t expected to begin the process for consolidating and closing surplus military bases for another couple of years, but […]
November 9, 2016

Construction firm to double revenue in five years

Published by Advantage News It took Swansea-based Holland Construction Services (Holland) 25 years to grow to $80 million in annual revenue, a milestone it reached in […]
November 9, 2016

Holland Construction Services on target to top $160M in revenue in 2016

Published by Riverbender It took Swansea, Ill.-based Holland Construction Services (Holland) 25 years to grow to $80 million in annual revenue, a milestone it reached in […]
November 9, 2016

O’Fallon native takes great interest in the community

Published by the Belleville News Democrat Subtle but sincere, Dan Jackson, doesn’t have to dig deep for genuine concern and empathy for his customers and partners […]
November 9, 2016

Illinois officials continue to push for NGA

Published by St. Louis Public Radio St. Louis all but declared victory after the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s director gave the city the nod earlier this month […]
November 9, 2016

Confidential report: St. Clair County’s NGA site far more secure than St. Louis pick

Published by the Belleville News Democrat The proposed 182-acre St. Clair County site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency comes out way ahead in a variety of […]
November 9, 2016

Leadership Council adds 3 new members

Published by the Edwardsville Intelligencer The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of the St. Louis office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, […]
November 9, 2016

Disappointed with NGA decision and newspaper

Published by the Belleville News Democrat I am disappointed that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters will not be built in St. Clair County. (Read More)
November 9, 2016

The view from Illinois: NGA decision ‘very disappointing’

Published by the St. Louis Business Journal After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s announcement last week that they favor a north […]
November 9, 2016

Three new members join economic development group

Published by Advantage News The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois announces the additions of the St. Louis office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Sandberg Phoenix & von […]
November 9, 2016

Leadership Council SW Illinois Welcomes Three New Members To Its Board

Published by Construction Forum St. Louis The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of the St. Louis office of Morgan Stanley Wealth […]
September 30, 2016

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois

by Ronda Sauget June 21, 2016 A recent article published in the Inbound Logistics trade publication, titled “Meet me in St. Louis,” highlighted many multi-modal assets […]
July 14, 2016

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois By Ronda Sauget A recent article published in the Inbound Logistics trade publication, titled “Meet me in St. […]
March 18, 2016

GROWTH CONTINUES AS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD

Edwardsville, Ill., March 18, 2016… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of the St. Louis office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, […]
March 18, 2016

Leaders say legislation enforcement would protect steel jobs

By MIKE RILEY SR. Riley    The steel industry has been hit hard in recent years.  Domestic steel mills idled their total production capacity due to exports […]
February 12, 2016

RECEPTION WELCOMES GENERAL DARREN W. MCDEW TO NEW ROLE AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE

ST. LOUIS, MO., FEB. 11, 2016 … Gen. Darren W. McDew and his wife, Evelyn, were the guests of honor at a February 10th reception celebrating […]
January 26, 2016

RECEPTION WELCOMES GENERAL CARLTON D. EVERHART II TO SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE

General Carlton D. Everhart II was honored on January 19th at a reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the United States Air Mobility Command […]
January 7, 2016

Leadership Council Elects New Officers for 2016

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is beginning the New Year with new board leadership. Members in December unanimously approved five new officers to serve one-year terms, […]
November 23, 2015

The Art of Compromise is Needed Now in Illinois

By Ellen Krohne Illinois is proud of our connection to Abraham Lincoln. His leadership brought our country through its darkest days of the Civil War and […]
November 10, 2015

Making the case for NGA West to come to Scott AFB Site in St. Clair County

By Mike Riley As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) continues its analysis to determine where to locate the new NGA West facility, there are compelling reasons […]
October 29, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL TAPS RONDA SAUGET TO TAKE REINS FROM KROHNE

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., Oct. 29, 2015 … The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that Ronda Sauget has been hired to serve as […]
October 27, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AND CYBERSECURITY PARTNERS ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF MIDWEST CYBER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Regional educational institutions teaming up to address lack of certifications needed for cybersecurity related positions at Scott AFB and other employers across the metro area Edwardsville, […]
October 22, 2015

METRO CONSTRUCTION CAREER EXPO TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A HANDS-ON LOOK AT CAREERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES AND THE ASSOCIATED BENEFITS

First-ever evening session offered for parents and students to explore opportunities together BELLEVILLE, ILL., OCT. 20, 2015… In order to address an acute workforce shortage in […]
September 25, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS RELEASES 2014 MARKET REVIEW & INVESTMENT UPDATE

Report shows Southwestern Illinois remains a development hotspot; highlights regional initiatives to foster continued growth The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced the release of the […]
September 17, 2015

COUNTY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS AND PARTNERS KICK OFF WORKFORCE CAMPAIGN TO LINK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO THOUSANDS OF HIGH-PAYING JOBS OPENING UP IN MANUFACTURING AND THE TRADES

Youth urged to “Manufacture Your Future” or “Craft Your Future” to secure a Career that Pays in SW  SEPT. 14, 2015… With 1,500 job openings expected […]
September 8, 2015

Can a freight hub provide St. Louis with job and business opportunities

(KPLR) – Today on the Pulse of St. Louis, the topic is freight and jobs. Government and regional officials think the time is right to expand […]
September 8, 2015

2015 Metro East Startup Challenge Winners Revealed

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge (MESC), a regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startups, officially announced its three cash prize winners […]
September 8, 2015

COUNTY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS AND PARTNERS TO KICK OFF WORKFORCE CAMPAIGN

COUNTY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS AND PARTNERS TO KICK OFF WORKFORCE CAMPAIGN TO LINK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO THOUSANDS OF HIGH-PAYING JOBS OPENING UP IN MANUFACTURING AND THE […]
August 21, 2015

KROHNE TO RETIRE FROM POSITION AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that the Council’s Executive Director for the past three years will be retiring this fall. […]
August 21, 2015

Leadership Council says region could be a freight leader

By Joseph BustosBelleville News-Democrat The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois on Thursday held a forum on the “State of Freight” in the St. Louis region. Mary Lamie, […]
August 6, 2015

Editorial: Go East

St. Louis Business Journal 7/10/2015 — As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency narrows its site selection for a new headquarters in the metropolitan area, our region once […]
July 16, 2015

CELEBRATION MARKS THE RETURN OF THE Prestigious Abilene Trophy TO SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS

Award Recognizes the Continuing First Class Support Provided for the Air Mobility Command Unit at Scott Air Force Base July 15, 2015 …Hundreds gathered today to celebrate […]
July 15, 2015

Construction Begins on Gateway East Distribution Center

Southwest Illinois News and Events  Rendering of new Gateway Commerce Center being built at Gateway Commerce Center, courtesy TriStar PropertiesConstruction Begins on Gateway East Distribution CenterEDWARDSVILLE, […]
June 26, 2015

Base, Community Leaders Sign AF Community Partnership Agreement

By Christine Spargur375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Base and community leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 8 at the Scott Club formalizing an […]
May 15, 2015

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS WINNING MODEL FOR DELIVERING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON TIME AND ON BUDGET IN SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS

Edwardsville, Ill., May 13, 2015… A new report shared by the Labor Management Committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois reveals that the unique, collaborative project […]
April 28, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES FIVE NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD

Edwardsville, Ill., April 28, 2015…The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of Hurford Architects; J.P Morgan; Kunkel Commercial Group; First National Bank, […]
April 6, 2015

MORE THAN 400 GATHER FOR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AWARDS DINNER CELEBRATING GROWTH FUELED BY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Edwardsville, ILL., April 6, 2015… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois welcomed a crowd of more than 400 for its 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner […]
March 30, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS HOSTS BUSINESS SUMMIT WITH ILLINOIS GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER FOR MEMBERS AND LOCAL POLITICAL LEADERS

O’Fallon, Ill., Mar. 30, 2015… A crowd of more than 200 gathered this afternoon for a Business Summit hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois featuring […]
March 16, 2015

ILLINOIS LT. GOVERNOR SANGUINETTI VISITS SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE; MEETS WITH TASK FORCE TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL EFFORTS TO PROTECT AND GROW THE BASE

Edwardsville, Ill., March 16, 2015…The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois last week hosted a visit to Scott Air Force Base by Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, who […]
March 5, 2015

PLANS SET FOR ANNUAL SALUTE TO SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AWARDS DINNER, A CELEBRATION OF GROWTH FUELED BY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Edwardsville, ILL., March 5, 2015… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced the details for its 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner. The event will […]
March 3, 2015

FIVE NEW MEMBERS JOIN THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Edwardsville, Ill., March 3, 2015…The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of GCS Credit Union; Henricksen; SEACOR Holdings; Anders CPA + Advisors, […]
February 12, 2015

Leadership Council Investment Campaign Receives $2,500 Donation from the City of Troy, IL

Edwardsville, Ill., February 12, 2015 – On Monday, February 9, 2015, Allen Adomite, Mayor of Troy, IL, presented Ellen Krohne, Executive Director of the Leadership Council […]
February 10, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES FIVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Edwardsville, Ill., Feb. 10, 2015…The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of Straight Up Solar; Challenge Unlimited, Inc.; Becker, Hoerner, Thompson & […]
January 13, 2015

AREA LEADERS HOST RECEPTION IN HONOR OF NEW COMMANDER OF THE U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE

Edwardsville, IL, January 13, 2015 . . . General Paul J. Selva and his wife Ricki were honored January 8th at a reception celebrating his recent […]
January 8, 2015

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ELECTS NEW OFFICERS; RILEY SERVING AS PRESIDENT, WILMSMEYER AS CHAIRMAN

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., Jan. 8, 2015… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the premier organization fostering economic growth in Madison and St. Clair counties, has chosen new leadership […]
November 6, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RELEASES 2013 MARKET REVIEW & INVESTMENT UPDATE

Report spotlights projects announced, under construction or completed during 2013; highlights the Council’s three key priorities as it continues work to unite the region for growth  […]
October 16, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND ST. LOUIS REGIONAL CHAMBER TEAM UP TO LAUNCH ST. LOUIS GATEWAY

Debut of www.stlgateway.com is first piece of new branding initiative aimed at promoting the region as a multimodal hub St. Louis, Mo., Oct., 16, 2014 . […]
September 29, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, BELLE-SCOTT COMMITTEE AND SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE TEAM UP FOR NETWORKING EVENT FOR SEPARATING MILITARY MEMBERS

63 companies with a total of almost 9,000 job openings participated hoping to fill positions with qualified veteran candidates   Edwardsville, Ill., Sept. 29, 2014 . […]
September 26, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS


Edwardsville, Ill., Sept. 26, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois recently announced it has added three new members to its board. Representatives from Anders CPAs + […]
September 11, 2014

SCOTT PATRIOT PROGRAM GROWS TO MORE THAN 650 PARTICIPANTS DURING YEAR 1

Organizers marking 1st anniversary with renewed call to action for others to join free program EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., Sept. 11, 2014 …The Scott Patriot Program turns one […]
August 22, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HONORS COSTELLO AND HOLLAND FOR THEIR ROLE IN DELIVERING STAN MUSIAL VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE

Edwardsville, lll., August 22, 2014… As the ink dried following the official signing ceremony renaming the Illinois approach to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge […]
July 24, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Edwardsville, Ill., July 24, 2014…The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the additions of PNC Bank National Association, Aegis Strategies, LLC and  Adam’s Auction […]
July 10, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES THREE NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Edwardsville, lll., July 10, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the premier economic development organization representing the Metro East portion of the St. Louis region, has […]
June 27, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES THREE NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Edwardsville, lll., June 27, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois recently added three new executive committee members to its executive leadership. Joining the executive committee are […]
May 30, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Edwardsville, lll., May 30, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of C. Green & Associates, Inc., Heyl Royster, Caritas Family […]
May 13, 2014

Construction Now Underway on Majority of Planned Levee Improvement Projects

Work is Under-Budget and on Schedule for 2015 Re-Accreditation of the Levee System EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., MAY 13, 2014 . . . The St. Louis Metro East […]
May 6, 2014

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Welcomes Amanda Hornacek as Coordinator

Edwardsville, Ill. – May 6, 2014 – The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Amanda Hornacek, of Troy, Ill., as […]
April 3, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HONORS SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE AT SALUTE TO SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS DINNER

Edwardsville, ILL., April 3, 2014… A crowd of more than 350 gathered this evening at the Leadership Council’s Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner to honor […]
March 14, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ANNUAL SALUTE TO SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AWARDS DINNER, REVEALS 2014 AWARD RECIPIENT

Edwardsville, ILL., March 14, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced the details for its 2014 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner. The event will […]
March 4, 2014

Leadership Council Investment Campaign Tops $1.37 Million

Realtors® associations donate a total of $200,000 to the effort Edwardsville, Ill., March 4, 2014 – The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that it has […]
February 20, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WELCOMES FOUR NEW MEMBERS

Edwardsville, lll., Feb. 20, 2014… The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its expanding membership base.  Representatives […]
January 22, 2014

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ELECTS NEW OFFICERS; WILMSMEYER SERVING AS PRESIDENT, SAUGET AS CHAIRMAN

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., Jan. 22, 2014… The Leadership Council, the premier organization fostering economic growth in Madison and St. Clair counties, has chosen new leadership for 2014. […]