About the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has been the premier economic development organization for Madison and St. Clair counties since 1983. Our mission is to attract and retain jobs, stimulate capital investment, and promote the economic development of Southwestern Illinois by building effective partnerships with leaders in business, industry, government, education and labor. The Council’s membership includes approximately 140 top executives and CEOs from each of those sectors. The diversity of the organization’s membership makes it unique within the metropolitan area and the State of Illinois. Cooperation and collaboration among the Leadership Council’s members and local community-based organizations has in many ways helped reshape Southwestern Illinois.

Over the past several years, the organization has had a hand in almost all of the major investments and issues in the bi-county area.

  • The Council has worked in support of regional transportation issues such as the extension of I-255, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, and most recently, the new Mississippi River Bridge .
  • The Military Affairs Committee of the Leadership Council fought hard to save Scott Air Force Base in the 1995 and 2005 rounds of Military Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and continues its efforts to retain and enhance this vital asset in our community.
  • The Leadership Council also maintains one of the longest, continuously running Labor-Management Committees in the State of Illinois.

These initiatives and many more support the Council’s overall objective to attract and retain investments in Madison and St. Clair counties.


Southwestern Illinois Development Foundation

The Southwestern Illinois Development Foundation works in cooperation with the Leadership Council to promote public discussion about, and scientific research on, Southwestern Illinois, in order to attract new industry, retain existing industry and expand existing industry in the region.


Labor Management Committee

The Leadership Council’s Labor-Management Committee was formed in 1983 to serve employers and unions in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois. It is one of the longest, continuously running labor-management committees in the country.

The Labor Management Committee (LMC) exists to serve employers and unions in Southwestern Illinois by working to improve the labor-management image in the area. The Committee strives to promote labor-management cooperation and communication by facilitating business-education partnerships between area schools, companies and unions and by organizing conferences on topics of interest to labor and management professionals.

Committee membership involves individuals from manufacturing, construction, service, government, and education. This committee is comprised of 12 representatives from labor and 12 representatives from management. 


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