March 2012

“Meeting the Demands of Manufacturing in the Next Generation” held on April 11

David Boulay speaking about the importance of U.S. manufacturing

Over 100 professionals representing manufacturers, local and state governments, universities, economic development agencies, and related organizations attended the “Meeting the Demands of Manufacturing in the Next Generation” event hosted at America’s Central Port on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port, welcomed attendees and highlighted the importance of the region’s multimodal transportation infrastructure to economic growth in a global economy.  The event’s presenters provided information on new technology innovation, next generation productivity, expanding exports and market access, and improving manufacturing infrastructure.  Local and regional manufacturing resources were featured throughout the event.  Presentations included:

  • “Manufacturing is Back…”
  • New technology / Customer focused innovation
    • Steve Bosworth, IMEC-Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center – Presentation (PDF)
    • Dr. Kevin Hubbard, Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center at SIUE
  • Next generation productivity
    (Engaged people/human capital acquisition, development, and retention)
    • David Stoecklin, Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board
    • Lynette Reinbolt, Selsius Corporate and Career Training
    • Tom Monroe, Workforce, Corporate & Community Learning, Lewis & Clark Community College
    • Vicki Niederhofer, Illinois Department of Employment Security – Presentation (PDF)
    • Jeff Raines, Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Expanding exports and market access
    (Global engagement)
    • Jeff Melly, Watlow Electric & District Export Council
  • Improving our manufacturing infrastructure
    (Sustainability, supply-chain management and collaboration)
    • Susan Barker, Green Jobs/Green Economy Initiatives, Southwestern Illinois College
    • Ik-Whan Kwon, Supply Chain Transportation, Saint Louis University – Presentation (PDF)
  • Manufacturing Success Story

Frank Miles gives closing remarks

Participating organizations included: Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC), Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board, Selsius Corporate and Career Training at Southwestern Illinois College, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing, District Export Council, Green Jobs/Green Economy Initiative at Southwestern Illinois College, and Saint Louis University Supply Chain Management.


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Tri-Cities Area Sustainable Development Planning Public Meeting Held April 3

Residents provide input into the Tri City CPA Planning Effort

America’s Central Port participated in the first of four public meeting of the Tri-Cities Community Planning Area of the St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The goal of this effort is to envision a better future for our local communities and our region that is sustainable, equitable, and livable. Staff from East West Gateway’s Regional Planning Agency and FOCUS St. Louis facilitated the meeting which was held at the Granite City Housing Authority Administration offices on Nameoki Road.

Over 40 residents, representing the Tri Cities, first participated in an exercise where they were asked a series of questions about their community and neighborhood. Using touch key pads, they were also asked their views on a variety of issues from transportation to ideas about housing needs.

After the initial series of questions were asked, the residents were asked to break into small groups. These groups, which were each lead by an RPSD staffer, were designed to solicit individual responses and viewpoints about the area. According to Frank Miles, the Port’s liasion to the effort, “the input recieved at this meeting will be used to develop the framework for the three future meetings”. The next meeting will likely be held in the summer. Miles said the “final product will be a set of policy recommendations that local governments may use to guide sustainable development into the future.”


The 4th Annual Confluence Trash Bash will be held on March 24

America’s Central Port is proud to be a sponsor of the 4th Annual Confluence Trash Bash.  The mission of the event is to work together to clean local streams and neighborhoods.

This year’s event will be held on March 24 from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers can choose from three locations throughout the region.  The Illinois location is on Chouteau Island on Chain of Rocks Rd., just west of the Canal Bridge in Madison, IL.

This is a fun event for families, scouting groups, youth organizations, and individuals that want to make a difference.  After picking up litter, volunteers will then return to their starting location (Chouteau Island participants will regroup and join the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge/Missouri location) for a free lunch and celebration! Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the Weirdest, Biggest, and Most Expensive trash that morning.

There is limited space available for this site, and registrations are requested by March 21, 2012.  To register or for more information, visit the Confluence Trash Bash website at