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					 CONNECT SI
INITIATIVE OVERVIEW

        For More Information:
     <http://www.connectsi.us>
    Rex Duncan, Executive Director
            618-536-3460
          rduncan@siu.edu




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            CONNECT SI Region
20-Counties - Population 425,000- Labor Force 195,000




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        Connect SI
 SIU Office of the President



“We are proud to be taking a leadership role
with Connect SI. We volunteered to do this
because Connect SI is the most important
economic development initiative I’ve seen in
my lifetime in Southern Illinois.”
                                             Glenn Poshard, President
                                           Southern Illinois University
                                                Chairman, Connect SI



             Source: Southern Illinoisan June 25, 2006
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             SI Has Been Losing Ground Every Year
                              6

                              5          5.62%
             Average Annual
             Growth Rate %




                              4

                              3
                                                      3.14%
                              2
                                                                    2.19%
                              1                                                   1.34%
                              0
                                                        AAGR 1977-2001

                                  Worldwide USA              State-wide          Southern Illinois

      Why are we fighting each other, when together we can go for the GOLD!

Source: “State of Working Illinois”, by Northern Illinois University (Nov 2005); “21st Century Workforce” (May 2004); IMF
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                         Southern Region Poverty Ranking
                                           (IL divided into six regions)

Highest % in         Highest poverty       Highest              Lowest %              Highest %             Highest % age
rural region         rate                  unemployment         college               enrolled in           5+ with a
                                           rate since 09/03     graduates             Medicaid              disability

       #1                    #1                   #1                    #1                   #1                    #1
Highest % of         Highest % age         Highest % age        Lowest % of           Highest % age         Highest %
population over      65+ in poverty        65+ with a           population 0-10       0-17 in poverty       households
age 65                                     disability                                                       owner burdened

       #1                    #1                   #1                    #1                   #1                    #4
Highest %            Highest %             Highest %            Lowest %              Highest %             Highest % of
households lack      households            commuting to         population work       households rent       Adults with no
complete             lacking               work from other      and live in same      burdened              High School
plumbing             complete              IL counties          county                                      Diploma
                     kitchen

       #1                    #1                   #1                    #3                   #3                    #1


Source: IL Poverty Summit, “2004 Report on Illinois Poverty,” Based on US 2000 Census or IL Dept of Employment Security data
& Atlas of Illinois Poverty Spring 2003
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        Connect SI 20-County Phase 1 June 06-Sept 07
           “Led By Connect SI Leadership Advisory Board”
                                              Phase 1 Outcomes
                               Network
                               Providers       GIS Asset Maps
                              COI Strategy
Greater Egypt COI Strategy                    Broadband Strategy
                                                                     Reap the
                                              GDP & Healthcare       Rewards
                                              Economic Models
 Southeastern COI Strategy     Connect SI
                               Regional       Regional Economic
                               CED COI             Strategy             Phase 2
                                Strategy
 Southern Five COI Strategy                   Healthcare Strategy
                                              Regional Economic
                                                 Framework
Greater Wabash COI Strategy    Healthcare        Five-Year
                               Providers       Measurable Goals
                              COI Strategy
                                              Implementation &
                                                Funding Plan
       GIS Mapping Team Supports COI’s
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  Estimate of investments required to achieve $1 Billion + in new annual wages in
the 20 county region, 40% reduction of poverty rate, 20% increase in average wage

         20 County Vitality Assessment                         $200,000
         Regional COI Mgt. and Strategy (4)                    $535,000
         Healthcare COI and Strategy                           $115,000
         Network Provider COI and Strategy                     $115,000
         Regional GIS Maps & Team                              $195,000
         Regional Economic Impact Models                       $125,000
         Marketing and Communication Strategy                   $80,000
         Development of Regional Framework                      $70,000
         Leadership development & training (21)                $105,000
         Global industry cluster research (12+/-)              $720,000
         Integrated Finance and Innovation Assessment          $250,000
         Projects Coordination and Management                  $155,000
         Initiative Management                                 $185,000
         Meeting Logistics & Coordination                      $150,000
                                Total Estimate of Investment   $3,000,000

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      CONNECT SI Draft Rollout Plan Overview
Getting Started and Organized      Feb 2006 -----> May 2006
Phase 1 Investor Recruitment       Feb 2006 --------------------------------------------------> Jun 2007
Phase 1 COI Recruitment            Feb 2006 ------------------------> Dec 2006
GIS Initiative                         Mar 2006 ---------------------------------------------> Jun 2007
Healthcare COI                                                   Jul 2006 ------> Mar 2007
Connectivity Provider COI                                  Jun 2006 -----------------> Apr 2007
CED COI - Five Milestone Mtgs
           - Greater Egypt Region                           Jun 2006 -----------------> Apr 2007
           - Southeastern Region                                Jul 2006 -----------------> May 2007
           - Southern Five Region                                      Sep 2006 -----------> Jun 2007
           -Greater Wabash Region                                            Oct 2006--------->Jul 2007
COI Input to Regional Strategy         Mar 2006 ---------------------------------------------------> Aug 2007
Build SI Regional Strategy                                 Jun 2006------------------------------> Aug 2007
Phase 2 Implementation Plan Approved --------------------------------------------------------------> Sep 2007
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    ViTAL Economy Recommended Funding Model



                                                      Healthcare
                                                      Network Provider
                                                      Reg'l Communities
                                                      Foundations
                                                      State/Federal




Collaborative Investment Builds Regional Ownership of Strategy
Healthcare Providers Invest 2006/07      @ $100,000/Year     = $200,000 over 2 years
Connectivity Providers Invest 2006/07    @ $100,000/year     = $200,000 over 2 years
Reg’l Communities invest 2006/07         @ $100,000/Year     = $200,000 over 2 years
Corporations/Foundations invest 2006/07 @ $100,000/Year      = $200,000 over 2 years
State/Federal Governments invest 2006/2007 @ $100,000/Year   = $200,000 over 2 years
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                     List of Investors to Date
        Verizon AT&T                    City of Carbondale               Clearwave
St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospital          City of Du Quoin      Frontier Communications
    Williamson County               Perry County                     Egyptian Internet
             City of Benton                   Southern Illinois University
          Heartland Regional Medical Center           Alcatel-Lucent Technologies
             New Wave Communications                     ComCast Mediacom
                   Heartland Communications         John A Logan College
Shawnee College       Southeastern Illinois College Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
               SICCM             CRHSSD                 Delta Regional Authority
    White County EDC                City of Eldorado                 Slingshot Wireless
           Mount Vernon Net ShawneeLink                Hamilton County Hospital
        Ferrell Hospital                Harrisburg Medical Center
   SIU School of Medicine          Galaxy Cable Co. Harrisonville Telephone Co-op
  City of West Frankfort          Man-Tra-Con            Perry County Counseling Center
      Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone           Delta Regional Authority
              Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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               Building the Base of Champions
   Over 96 Leaders across six COIs:           Over 50 Regional Investors
                                                including:
        Greater Egypt
                                                  Network Providers
        Southeastern
                                                  Healthcare Institutions
        Southern Five                            Local Governments

        Healthcare                               Corporations

        Network Providers                         Foundations
                                                  State and Federal Agencies)
   Over 750 Active Participants
                                               $1.7m raised (Local, State, Federal
    across multiple teams and
                                                & In-Kind)
    subteams



    This is What We Mean by Time, Talent and Treasure
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         Connect SI Goal Impact on Southern Illinois

                                                    27,298 New
                         Investment                Hi-Wage Jobs
                          Attraction
                          Strategies
                                                      41,461
                        Healthcare                 Existing Jobs
                                                    >$5,000/Yr
                                                                                    >$200 Million
                       Providers COI
   Current               Strategies                                                   Increased
 Broadband                                         $642 Million
                                                                                     Annual ICT
                         4 CED COI               New KBE Activity
  Customer               Strategies                1,600+ Firms                         Market
    Base
                        Short-Term
                        Win Targets                 >$2 Billion
                                                                                   Opportunity**
                                                   New Annual
                          Industry                    Wages
                           Cluster                 2012 Results
                         Strategies
                         Actions
                                                                 Positive Feedback Loop
                                                              (Economic Growth Multipliers)
** Increased Information Communication Technology (ICT)
   Opportunity Based on MIT, OECD Multipliers of GDP
                                                 — 12 —                                   ViTALeconomy.com
                                    Southern Illinois Wages
                                                                                   $9,482m
Total Wages ($Billions)




                          10,000
                                                                $7,481m
                           9,000
                                                                               $2b
                           8,000
                                           $5,725m
                           7,000
                           6,000
                           5,000
                           4,000
                           3,000
                           2,000
                           1,000
                              0
                                        2004         2012 Same Trend      2012 COI Goals
                              Greater Wabash   Southern Five    Southeastern   Greater Egypt

                                                       — 13 —                        ViTALeconomy.com
             Connect SI Impact on Southern Illinois

• Gross Regional Product (GRP) increases
    by 27%, bringing $billions into Southern Illinois

   Increase in # and quality of jobs means:
        Improved Healthcare Coverage
        Healthcare Insurance for ~4,500 families!

   Economic & Employment Growth:
        Lifts ~10,000 people out of Poverty
        Reduces Southern Illinois Poverty Rate from 13.7% to 11.7% (State
         Average)
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Connect SI Contact Information

     THANK YOU!
       For More Information:
     <http://www.connectsi.us>
   Rex Duncan, Executive Director
           618-536-3460
         rduncan@siu.edu



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                Greater Wabash COI Goals
Greater Wabash Region                    Baseline        2012           2012        Change vs.      Change vs.
(23 Feb 2007)                                         Same Trend        Goal         Baseline       2012 Same

Population (2004)                           51,421           49,561      53,000           +3.1%           +6.9%

Employable Population (16-64)               31,980           30,777      32,913           +2.9%           +6.9%
(2000)
Labor Participation (16-64) (2000)          71.1%            71.1%       72.5%          +1.97%           +1.97%

Employed 2004 All Ages                      26,400           25,445      27,746           +5.1%           +9.0%

Average Wage 2004                          $26,311          $33,671     $36,517        +$10,206         +$2,846

Total Region Wages 2004                   $694.6m           $856.8m    $1,013m        +$318.9m        +$156.4m

  Determination of specific measurable, wage and employment goals from change in regional wages vs. 2012 trend

NEW JOBS:                                           1,381                   WAGE: $43,500             $60.1m
NEW JOBS AT AVERAGE WAGE:                           920                     WAGE: $36,517             $33.6m
IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING JOBS:                       5,280                   WAGE: $5,000              $26.4m
CLIMATE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:                                                                      $36.4m
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                    Southern Five COI Goals
Southern Five Region                     Baseline         2012          2012        Change vs.      Change vs.
(23 Feb 2007)                                          Same Trend       Goal         Baseline       2012 Same

Population (2004)                           58,644           53,971      63,000           +7.4%          +16.7%

Employable Population (16-64)               35,887           33,014      40,950         +14.1%           +24.0%
(2000)
Labor Participation (16-64) (2000)          62.8%            62.8%       71.0%          +13.1%           +13.1%

Employed 2004 All Ages                      24,317           25,550      26,856         +10.4%            +5.1%

Average Wage 2004                          $27,959          $35,980     $37,591         +$9,632         +$1,611

Total Region Wages 2004                   $679.9m           $919.3m    $1,010m        +$329.7m          +$90.3m


  Determination of specific measurable, wage and employment goals from change in regional wages vs. 2012 trend

NEW JOBS:                                           784                     WAGE: $43,500             $34.1m
NEW JOBS AT AVERAGE WAGE:                           522                     WAGE: $36,517             $19.6m
IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING JOBS:                       4,863                   WAGE: $5,000              $24.3m
CLIMATE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:                                                                      $12.2m
                                                     — 17 —                                       ViTALeconomy.com
                      Southeastern COI Goals
Southeastern Region                      Baseline        2012           2012       Change vs.       Change vs.
(23 Feb 2007)                                         Same Trend        Goal        Baseline        2012 Same

Population (2004)                           49,465           47,833      56,000         +13.2%           +17.1%

Employable Population (16-64)               31,115           30,373      36,400         +17.0%           +19.8%
(2000)
Labor Participation (16-64) (2000)          63.4%            63.4%       70.0%          +10.4%           +10.4%

Employed 2004 All Ages                      21,903           19,256      25,500         +16.4%           +32.4%

Average Wage 2004                          $27,494          $35,604     $40,206       +$12,782          +$4,672

Total Region Wages 2004                   $602.2m           $685.6m    $1,027m       +$424.8m         +$341.4m

  Determination of specific measurable, wage and employment goals from change in regional wages vs. 2012 trend

NEW JOBS:                                           3,746                   WAGE: $43,500             $163.0m
NEW JOBS AT AVERAGE WAGE:                           2,498                   WAGE: $40,276             $100.6m
IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING JOBS:                       4,381                   WAGE: $5,000              $21.9m
CLIMATE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:                                                                      $56.0m
                                                     — 18 —                                      ViTALeconomy.com
                    Greater Egypt COI Goals
Greater Egypt Region                     Baseline        2012           2012        Change vs.      Change vs.
(23 Feb 2007)                                         Same Trend        Goal         Baseline       2012 Same

Population (2004)                         253,049            258,869    274,432         +8.45%            +6.0%

Employable Population (16-64)             164,134            167,909    179,238           +9.2%           +6.8%
(2000)
Labor Participation (16-64) (2000)          66.0%             66.0%      71.0%            +7.6%           +7.6%

Employed 2004 All Ages                    134,685            140,340    157,787         +17.2%           +12.4%

Average Wage 2004                         $27,830            $35,765    $40,765        +$12,935         +$5,000

Total Region Wages 2004                  $3,748m            $5,019m    $6,432m        +$2,684m        +$1,413m

  Determination of specific measurable, wage and employment goals from change in regional wages vs. 2012 trend

NEW JOBS:                                           10,468                  WAGE: $43,500             $455.4m
NEW JOBS AT AVERAGE WAGE:                           6,979                   WAGE: $40,765             $284.5m
IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING JOBS:                       26,937                  WAGE: $5,000              $134.7m
CLIMATE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:                                                                      $538.4m
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