September 2011

America’s Central Port Engineer Receives Achievement Award

Bill Stahlman, P.E. Port Engineer for America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois recently received the “Young Engineer for Professional Achievement Award” from the St. Louis Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The award was presented by Adam Spector P.E. Section President at the Section’s annual meeting held in St. Louis, Mo. Bill, 30, was selected based upon his technical competence, his advancement of the profession and his contribution to public service. He also serves as a Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County, Illinois. Bill resides in Shiloh, IL with his wife Amy and two daughters.

US Congressman Jerry Costello, America’s Central Port and Southwestern Illinois College to Host Grow Your Own Job Event

Granite City, IL– To foster the growth and development of local small businesses, U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, D-Ill., and America’s Central Port are hosting a small- business-development event in conjunction with Southwestern Illinois College on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

The event, called Grow Your Own Job, will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Commons of the Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, located at 4950 Maryville Road in Granite City, IL.

According to US Congressman Jerry Costello, “I am pleased to sponsor this event for our area. Small businesses drive our economy by creating over half of all jobs and investing in the local area.”

At the event, representatives from federal, state and local agencies and officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to talk about how to create and develop a small business. Grow Your Own Job offers an opportunity for potential business owners to learn about the services that are available to them. They will be able ask questions and get answers to their business concerns and information on ideas.

Presen­tations will be made on topics including financing your business, marketing your business, business planning and the availability of small business assistance programs in the local area. Additionally, potential business owners will have a chance for one-on-one meetings with agency representatives to discuss individual interests.

The list of participating agencies include; the U.S. Small Business Administration, Madison County Community Development, Southwestern Illinois College, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the International Trade Center at SIUE, the Innovate Venture Mentoring Service, SCORE, River’s Edge Enterprise Center at America’s Central Port, Justine Petersen, Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center, Illinois Manufacturing Center, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center and many more.

The event is free and refreshments are included. If you are interested in attending, please call 618-452-8440 or email

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America’s Central Port Receives Award for Excellence in Economic Development

America’s Central Port received an Award for Excellence in Economic Development for their Military Base Conversion Success Story in the category of Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 20 during the IEDC Annual Conference, September 18-21 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We recognize America’s Central Port for providing successful strategies to promote new standards in economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Dennis Coleman, IEDC chair.  “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. They demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using innovative and effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.”

America’s Central Port®, which is managed by the Tri-City Regional Port District, is strategically located in the heart of the U.S. on the Mississippi River and adjacent to a strategic intermodal transportation system of river, rail and highway systems. The Port, and its tenants, offer a wide range of services and facilities including barge, rail and truck transfer of commodities, industrial, commercial and residential development sites, as well as warehouse and commercial lease opportunities. The former Charles Melvin Price Army Support Center was transferred to the Port by an act of the US Congress and now serves as an economic engine for southwestern Illinois.

The Excellence in Economic Awards Program annually recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders.  The program honors organizations and individuals in 28 categories for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the premier membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,500 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world.  IEDC provides a diverse range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.

America’s Central Port Business Development Survey Underway

Granite City – Businesses located at America’s Central Port are being invited to participate in a new survey aimed at boosting their effectiveness in the business community located at the Port, as well as increasing economic development opportunities more broadly. Frank Miles, Business Development Manager of America’s Central Port said today.   

Miles said the focus of the survey was to develop the existing businesses located at America’s Central Port more than attracting new business to its facility located in southwestern Madison County. “You can spend a lot of time and money trying to get firms from elsewhere to relocate, with a statistically very low chance of success,” he said. “Meanwhile, the existing business base remains taken for granted and therefore neglected”.

Through this business retention and expansion project we aim to remedy this situation, by asking our local firms about their needs and plans and how they think the local business environment could be improved at the Port.” Eighty percent of the growth in a community results from the expansion of local businesses.

The survey asks businesses questions about employees, service needs, regulatory environment and expansion planning. “It is all on line and will be completely confidential”, Miles said. At the end of the process, a report will be prepared that provides specific recommendations and action items that are required on behalf of the Port’s management. Miles said “that the specific, local business data generated by the survey would help area businesses to prosper over the coming years. The key is that we look at businesses in the community and try to understand what it is that they need to grow,” he said.

Firms located at America’s Central Port will receive an email with a link to the survey covering all the relevant topics. Businesses at the Port are urged to take the opportunity to air their views and to contribute to the pool of information about the local business scene.

“This project is designed to help our businesses, so please don’t ignore or dismiss it,” Miles said. The survey process is expected to take four to six weeks, followed by another week to compile the results. For more information contact Frank Miles at (618) 452-4463.

BID ANNOUNCEMENT | Levee Relief Wells

The Port will be accepting bids to provide all material, equipment, labor and other incidentals and services necessary to construct ten (10) levee relief wells.  However, the procurement of the Levee Relief Well Screen Material is being bid as a separate project. This project is funded by a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant.

Sealed bids for the project will be received at the Port’s offices located at 1635 West First Street, Granite City, Illinois 62040 until 11:00 AM – CDT, Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

You must register for a copy of the project plans here:

C0040E – Levee Relief Well Construction Project

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Or, if you would like to bid on the Levee Relief Well Screen Material Project:

C0040F – Levee Relief Well Screen Material Procurement

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White House Business Council Comes to Region for Listening Session

Collinsville-IL. On Friday August 26, 2011, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Suresh Kumar participated in a White House Business Council Roundtable at the Metro East Parks and Recreation District Offices in Collinsville, Illinois. Hosted by U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello and America’s Central Port, Secretary Kumar was joined by local and regional officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce- U.S. Commercial Service for National and International Trade. In addition to his role at Commerce and in the White House, Secretary Kumar also serves as the Director General for the US Commercial Service in Washington D.C.

In his state of the union address, the President stated that we as a country must commit to winning the future; out-innovating, out-building and out-educating the rest of the world. In response to the address, the Administration asked senior officials to get out on the road to host roundtable discussions with business leaders across the country. The purpose of these roundtables is to listen to local businesses, obtain feedback on how the Administration can best support their growth and make sure that local businesses are taking advantage of the resources and programs designed to help create jobs. These officials are hosting roundtables in at least 100 communities across the country by year’s end.

Owners and executives from throughout the metro-east-including manufacturers, small business owners and educators – shared their concerns about policy and insights on current trends. Consistent concerns were expressed about environmental regulation, job training and technological needs. Among those attending the roundtable were executives from Alton Steel, Erhardt Tool and Die, SIUE’s Manufacturing Technology Center and America’s Central Port businesses Abengoa Bio-Energy and Arizon Companies.

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port welcomed Secretary Kumar and the Roundtable attendees on behalf of Congressman Costello and America’s Central Port. Following the roundtable, Secretary Kumar visited with the newest members of the District Export Council.