January 2012

Downstate Director for US Senator Mark Kirk (IL) Visits America’s Central Port

America’s Central Port– Brad Cole, the Downstate Director for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (IL) visited America’s Central Port on January 30, 2012. As the Senator’s Downstate Director, Brad is responsible for coordinating the Senator’s office operations and policy issues in 95 counties outside of the collar counties near Chicago.

Downstate Director Cole and Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer

Brad Cole, the former Mayor of Carbondale, Illinois and Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois was briefed on Port district operations by Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director and Frank Miles, the Port’s Business Development Manager.  During the overview briefing of the Port, Director Cole was given additional information on the status of the Port’s new South harbor. The region’s newest harbor was a recipient of two federal TIGER transportation grants from the US Department of Transportation. According to Wilmsmeyer, “Brad was very interested on ways the Senator’s office could assist the Port in developing further infrastructure on the property, as well as interest in upgrading our area levees and the overall maintenance of our inland river systems. He was also impressed with the transformation of the former Charles Melvin Price Army base into an economic development engine for southwestern Illinois.”

After the briefing, the Director was given a tour of the port’s north harbor, the residential and office areas and the planned south harbor facilities located adjacent to Abengoa’s Bio Energy plant. Director Cole promised to bring the Senator up to speed on America’s Central Port activities and also scheduling a visit in the future for the Senator.

Free Monthly E-cycling Service to be Offered at America’s Central Port

The America’s Central Green Team is excited to announce the availability of a free monthly electronic/computer recycling drop-off center, provided by WITS “BEE” Green. The service will be provided from February until November this year.

Second Saturday of Each Month
10am – 4pm
February 11 through November 10

America’s Central Port – Granite City, IL
Former Army Depot Commissary Parking Lot
West Seventh Street and A Street

Donations to WITS Are Requested to Cover Recycling Cost
All Donations are Tax Deductible

All computer and electronic products are accepted, including household batteries, televisions, holiday lights, phones, a/v equipment, appliances, and more.

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Businesses and residents can schedule a pickup for larger loads. For more information or to schedule a large pickup, please contact WITS at (314) 382-1650 or visit www.witsinc.org.

U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, U.S. Department of Transportation and Chinese Maritime Ministry Officials Visit America’s Central Port

Congressman Costello, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation John Porcari, and Chinese Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs XU Zuyuan, participate

US Congressman Costello Briefs US and Chinese Transportation Officials

Granite City, IL – U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari, China Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs XU Zuyuan, SONG Dexing, Director of Water Transportation in China, Asst. Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, Susan Kurland, U.S. MARAD Administrator David Matsuda and other U.S. and Chinese public and private sector officials visited America’s Central Port on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

The visit from the Assistant U.S. Transportation Secretary, the Chinese minister and his colleagues was part of the fourth annual Transportation Forum held in St. Louis and the surrounding area. The United States and China hold one of the forums each year, alternating between the two countries. Last year’s forum was held in China. The forums emphasize the importance of transportation infrastructure as a foundation for economic development.

Vice Minister XU Zuyuan listens to Congressman Costello’s Presentation

Congressman Jerry Costello and the Port’s Executive Director, Dennis Wilmsmeyer, briefed U.S. and Chinese officials prior to taking a tour of the Port’s developments. During the briefing, Costello talked about the conversion of the former Price Army Support Center for commercial development by America’s Central Port. He told the Chinese officials that the focus of the overall effort here is to create jobs. The foreign trade zone, which is located at the Port, offers one-stop service for Chinese companies looking to locate in the United States with an excellent location in the middle of the country. This puts the Port above and beyond anyone else to provide distribution services in the United States. Wilmsmeyer noted that the port is a two-day drive from 70 percent of the nation’s population.

Asst. U.S. Transportation Secretary Porcari Addresses a Breakfast Roundtable Sponsored by America’s Central Port

Wilmsmeyer also pointed out the significance of the new South Harbor project to both U.S. Transportation officials and the Chinese. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a grant to the new Harbor project for $8.5 million dollars, combined with a previous $6 million TIGER grant for the project. The South Port under construction is located below the river from Lock and Dam 27, the southernmost such facility on the Mississippi River. The new South Harbor will handle imports and exports of products produced in the Midwest and will create the most northerly rail, river and roadway freight transfer location south of the Mississippi River lock system.

Traveling with the U.S. and Chinese delegation were many private sector companies dealing with water transportation projects. Several of these firms expressed interest in business opportunities at the Port.

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