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.


  • My involvement and contribution as a member of the Leadership Council has been the most productive use of time and money I have seen in terms of helping our communities grow and prosper.  Never have I been a part of such a task-oriented group of professionals.
    Tom Holloway
    President, TheBANK of Edwardsville
  • As a newcomer to the region, I found my membership in the Leadership Council to be invaluable. Through meeting and networking with regional business, government and education leaders, I was able to quickly develop excellent working relationships… enabling me to manage my business more effectively.
    Karla Olson Teasley
    President, Illinois American Water Company
  • 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.