February 2012

Illinois Department of Transportation District Engineer Visits America’s Central Port

Granite City, IL– Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) District 8 Engineer Omer Osman and several of his staff visited America’s Central Port on Friday, February 24. IDOT District 8 covers Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Clinton, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Marion, Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties in Illinois. Also joining DE Osman was Ms. Mary Lamie, IDOT’s former District Engineer. Other IDOT officials participating in the visit included Ken Sharkey, Engineer Osman’s Assistant and Jim Stack, IDOT’s Urban Planning Chief.

IDOT District Engineer and staff Visit America's Central Port

IDOT officials were briefed on America’s Central Port operations and facilities by Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director, Bill Stahlman, Port Engineer and Frank Miles, the Port’s Business Development Manager. Following the brief, a discussion was held on ways to improve the Port’s visibility in the region by utilizing some of IDOT’s resources for signage. Mr. Wilmsmeyer also talked about the partnership between IDOT and the Port on maintaining right-of-ways along Rt. 3 and the importance of water and river transportation in the region and across the state. Various IDOT grant programs were discussed as was ways to improve the internal road system at the Port.

After a working lunch, IDOT officials were given a tour of Port property and more discussions were held about future communication and cooperative efforts. Wilmsmeyer said, “I was pleased we could tell IDOT officials about the progress made here at the Port. We are working hard to improve and develop all forms of transportation in southwestern Illinois.”

Take the Regional Sustainability Survey on Transportation, Housing & the Environment

America’s Central Port has partnered with the Cities of Granite City, Madison and Venice to participate in a regionwide planning effort that seeks to coordinate housing, transportation, environmental, and economic development planning across the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Residents, business owners, and public leaders will have the opportunity to share your hopes, concerns, and expectations for your community by participating in a series of public meetings over the course of the next 12 months.

The first public meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Granite City Housing Authority Offices Multi-purpose room located at 2517 Nameoki Road in Granite City.

In preparation for the first round of public meetings, we invite you to take a few minutes to fill out a online 16-question survey that will help us understand the community’s attitudes towards transportation, housing, and the environment.

For more information about the project, please visit the St. Louis Regional Sustainable Communities website at http://www.ewgateway.org/RPSD/

Thank you for your participation!

Southern Illinois Trade Breakfast to be held on March 7, 2012

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, is hosting a free breakfast program to discuss trade opportunities in Colombia.  Information will also be presented on the International Trade Center at SIUE’s “Gateway to Latin America” grant.   Speakers include Jorge Toro, the president of Los Andes Ventures, and Margaret Gottlieb, an international trade specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service.

Business Opportunities in Colombia:
The U.S. – Colombia Free Trade Agreement

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Morris University Center (map)
International Room (second level)

Trade breakfast attendees will:

  • Get an overview of the commercial and economic environment in the country / region
  • Gain knowledge about the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Hear about key market trends, most recent developments and “hot” sectors for exports
  • Learn about the growing economies in the region and why companies there are eager to do business with US firms
  • Ask questions about the current situation in the region and the potential for business connections with Illinois companies
  • Learn how to get funding for your business efforts in Latin America through the Trade Center’s “Gateway to Latin America” grant

The program is free, but registration is required due to limited space. To register, please fax the registration form below to 618-650-2647 or register by e-mail at International-Trade-Center@siue.edu.  Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The speakers will be available for one-on-one meetings after the program.

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