The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is honoring recent investment in the region's power plants.
The 2013 Salute to Southwestern Illinois wards dinner this evening will recognize the Prairie State Generating Co., Phillips 66, Dynegy and the Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council for recent contributions to the metro-east economy.
The $4 billion, coal-fired, 1,600-megawatt Prairie State Energy Campus went online last year in rural Washington County and is projected to contribute $734 million in economic activity each year.
Phillips 66 has a recent $3.8 billion coker and refinery expansion on-line in Roxana that contributes an estimated $1.9 billion to the region's economy annually.
Dynegy has made a $1 billion investment in four Illinois power plants over the past decade, including the $668 million investment at its Baldwin plant.
On behalf of local trades groups, the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council is also being awarded for the role unions played in these three local projects.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Leadership Council, which was established in 1983 as a member-based, economic development corporation representing Madison and St. Clair counties. The council works to unite business, industry, government, education and labor for economic growth throughout the metro-east.
The awards ceremony will be held tonight at Four Points by Sheraton, located at 319 Fountains Parkway in Fairview Heights. Registration and cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.