February 3rd, 2022



February 3, 2022


(Via Zoom)

Call to Order                                                                                       Chairman Sauget

Public Comment on Agenda                                                              Chairman Sauget

Review 10/7/21Meeting Minutes (Consent Agenda Item)                Chairman Sauget

Systems Development & Oversight Committee Report                    Lee Reese

Marketing & Economic Development Committee Report                 Paul Ellis

Youth Council Report                                                                         Larry McLean

Operations Report                                                                               Rick Stubblefield                                                                                                                                            Lee Reese


            Quarterly Services Report                                                     

            Financial Reports


            Board Membership Update

            Belleville One-Stop Update

Consent Agenda/Voting Items                                                           Chairman Sauget

1) 10/7/21 Meeting Minutes

2) Youth Council RFP Motion

3) MERS Amended Incentive Policy

4) IWT Projects

            a. Rainbow International (previously approved by Exec Committee – needs full board approval)

            b. Stellar Manufacturing

            c. Gasket & Seal Fabricators

5) Transfer of Funds from 1D to 1A up to the amount of $300,000

6) MOU and Budget Revisions – Already Submitted October 2021

The next MAWIB meeting will be February 10th @ 8:30AM

(Via Zoom Technology)


Mid America Investment Board

Executive Committee Meeting


February 3, 2022

Present:                                                          Staff:

Rich Sauget, Jr.                                                Rick Stubblefield

Tony White                                                     Lee Reese

Ken Keeney                                                     Cindy Layman

Larry McLean

Paul Ellis

Chairman Rich Sauget, Jr. Called the meeting to order at 8:31 am. After hearing no public comment, Chairman Sauget presented the 10/07/2021 minutes for review and discussion (to be voted on as a part of the Consent Agenda). Next Lee Reese reported for the Systems Development & Oversight Committee.

The committee met via Zoom on January 25th and the minutes are included in the packet. The committee discussed the One-Stop operation. The One-stop has been open to the public by appointment only since September 2nd, 2021. There was reporting that the One-Stop MOU agreement is in place until June 30th, 2022. A RFP needs to go out in the Spring. The One-Stop re-certification process has been completed pending a walk-thru that cannot occur until the last One-Stop in the state fully re-opens to the public. An individual was offered a position as a Resource Room Navigator for the One-Stop but declined the offer after going through the hiring process. A Marketing Intern from SIUE is in the final on-boarding process to assist in marketing and social media functions for the MAWIB. The MOU and revisions were submitted to the State and approved. The revisions will need to be approved by the Board and the revisions will be included in the MAWIB meeting packet.  

Paul Ellis presented for the Marketing Committee. Paul was positive about the marketing group expanding and continuing their work. Paul mentioned the Marketing Intern and the work that is anticipated by that individual. Paul mentioned he wants to do a Zoom for regional partners to make them aware of the services offered by the MAWIB. Paul put the Zoom on hold while there is transfer from Matt to Lee. Paul discussed that Vicki Niederhofer with IDES is working on collecting data on businesses in our region that closed specifically due to Covid. Paul asked the members to contribute if they knew any businesses that closed due to Covid. Rick added that he has sent the on-boarding paperwork to HR for processing for the Marketing Intern.

Larry McLean presented for the Youth Committee. Larry stated that the enrollment process was going slow during the first half of the year. Larry stated the staff and venders are confident they will get the enrollment numbers up. Larry stated that MERS was experiencing staff issues which was affecting their performance. Larry said the measure that gives the most pause is Measurable Skills Gained (MSG’s). Larry stated that some issue is the lag in data at the state level. Larry discussed a new incentive proposal that the youth staff and MERS staff came up with that is up for voting on. Larry discussed the youth committee’s recommendation that the next RFP be for HSE services and the other youth services would be brought in-house, possibly hiring two in-house staff to offer services. Larry discussed possible partnerships with the Regional Offices of Education (ROE’s) for HSE services in addition to Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). Rick added that this will give more control of resources in-house and will help with some upcoming partnerships with District 201 and Boeing.

Rick started the presentation for the Operations Committee. Rick discussed MSG’s and that the percentage had increased from 7% to 35.8%. Rick did not have concerns on the other performance measures. Rick discussed the quarterly services reports. Larry asked about “work related services”. Rick replied that staff would clarify that category for Larry. Rick discussed financials looking good, with a close watch on youth services. Rick discussed adding mentor wage reimbursements for MAC Medical and Social Kitchen to the next MAWIB Meeting to approve payment.

Lee presented information on board approval status. Lee stated that the board list was sent to Chairman Kern for signature and the other supporting documentation was ready.

Cindy discussed three IMEC training programs, one with Rainbow International, one with Stellar Manufacturing, and one with Gasket and Seal Fabricators.

Rick discussed a request by Linda Vanderpluym to transfer $300,000.00 from 1D to 1A. Larry requested that he would like clarification of what 1D and 1A are, included in the board packet.

Paul Ellis made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Ken Keeney seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

Ken Keeney made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Tony White seconded the motion; the motion was unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:04am.

The nest MAWIB meeting will be February 10th @ 8:30 AM (via Zoom)