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Sunday, August 20, 2017
 News Archives

The State of the Rural South's Economy

Selling your Rural Community's Assets

Small Town's with Unique Assets

Highly touted reshoring event hits speed bump, says A.T. Kearney. Really?

Chinese investment surfacing in the South? Yes, finally.

The performance of this Southern industry sector of late has earned an official name: the "Southern Aerospace Corridor."

A success story from the Mississippi River Delta

The 50-year economic development war in the U.S. is over; the South won.

The big dogs are about to eat: Soon, the automotive industry will light up the Southern Auto Corridor again 

Kentucky: The Spirit of the South

New Build-Ready Program Making More Sites Ready-To-Go

A Perfect Partnership

Next Gen KIH Program Taking Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Digital Version

Aerospace Industry Takes Off in the American South

Launching Pad for Growth and Innovation

In "Plane" View

"The Best Airplane Built in America"

Aerospace Industry State Overviews

Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Non-Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Ten Reasons Why Manufacturing is Booming in The South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region


Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Woody Thorne, Southern IL Healthcare Vice President of Community Affairs; Bill Stanhouse, DCEO/DRA Designee; and Bradley Robinson, Mayor of Carterville at the construction site of the future Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Center in Carterville, Ill. The continued results of investments in medical facilities, improved health care access and training for medical professionals are creating a bright future for a healthy workforce in southern Illinois.

In 2013, Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg was able to use Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funding to purchase state-of-the-art obstetric simulators to provide training for nursing students and area health care providers. In Rosiclare, Hardin County General Hospital also used a DRA investment to upgrade to a digitally-interfaced phone system and to improve the nurse call system to allow remote monitoring of patient devices, including IV pumps and fall-prevention "bed check" beds.

Also this year, Southern Illinois University was one of only five recipients across the Delta region of the Healthy Workforce Challenge award, which will be combined with funding from HRSA for programming that incentivizes behavioral change in the workplace.

This summer, three cities in Illinois will house Innovative Readiness Training medical missions -- a partnership between the DRA and the U.S. Department of Defense that provides residents of medically-underserved communities with free medical, dental and optical services from medical professionals enlisted in the U.S. military reserve forces. Through these medical missions, members of the military are able to serve the needs of thousands in Illinois communities while gaining crucial pre-deployment field training.         

These projects build upon the foundation of many other health initiatives within the region, many of which have also received DRA funding. A regional simulation and learning lab project based at John A. Logan College in Carterville can, through distance learning technology, stream training classes to up to 17 locations throughout the region.

DRA funding is also being used by the city of Carterville to construct public water and sewer infrastructure to support the future construction of the 46,000 square-foot Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Center. The center will create 13 jobs as well as provide oncological care for southern Illinois residents.

By improving the health care industry, these investments are not only creating new jobs for the people of Illinois, but are also building a healthy workforce that will be able to sustain the economy of southern Illinois and continue to build its future.

Southern Business & Development

Corporate and Industrial Sites in the World’s Fourth-Largest Economy

Southern Business & Development

 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto

Steering the Automotive Industry to the World's Fourth-Largest Economy


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