July 2012

Acting US Commerce Secretary Presents Certification to Port Business and Economic Developer

With St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley and US Commerce Department officials looking on, Acting US Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Presents the DEC Certificate of Appointment to Frank Miles of America's Central Port

St. Louis, MO – Acting US Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited St. Louis on July 24 to attend a roundtable breakfast with business owners from a range of industries, including America’s Central Port, hosted by the Helix Center Biotech Incubator, an innovation facility owned and operated by the St. Louis County Economic Council. She was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley. During the breakfast, Secretary Blank presented Frank Miles, Business and Economic Development Manager at America’s Central Port, with a certificate from the Commerce Department, officially appointing him to the Missouri District US Export Council. This Council, made up of area business officials, helps guide and direct export and import policy for the US Department of Commerce.

During the meeting, Secretary Blank reiterated the Administration’s commitment to support manufacturing, promote U.S. exports, and to encourage American businesses to bring jobs back or to expand operations in America—also known as “insourcing”, the Secretary also discussed the importance of building on America’s “insourcing” trend by bringing more jobs back to US.  During her later visits to St. Louis area manufacturers, Secretary Blank discussed the Administration’s efforts to create jobs by investing in American manufacturing. The Commerce Department continues to support the resurgence of American manufacturing and ongoing efforts to provide U.S. companies with the tools and resources they need to sell their products and services in the global marketplace.

Tri-Cities Area Sustainable Development Planning Public Meeting to be Held August 9

America’s Central Port invites you to join East-West Gateway Council of Governments, FOCUS St. Louis, and 10 other regional partners for the second of four public meetings of the St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development’s Tri-Cities Community Planning Area (CPA).  This planning effort seeks to coordinate housing, transportation, environmental and economic development planning across the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

The meeting will be held on August 9th, 2012, at the Granite City Housing Authority located at 2517 Nameoki Road in Granite City (map). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend — even if you were unable to attend the first meeting.

The Tri-Cities CPA is one of eleven areas selected as representative communities across our region. Our success relies on robust citizen participation. We encourage residents, business owners, and public leaders in these communities to attend Round 2 to provide feedback and participate in discussions on the ideas that emerged from Round 1. The goal of this year-long engagement process is to envision a better future for our local communities and our region that is sustainable, equitable, and livable.

For more information, visit the St. Louis Regional Sustainable Communities website.

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America’s Central Port and Gateway Commerce Center Team Up And Host An Intermodal Rail Roundtable

America’s Central Port – Both Gateway Commerce Center and America’s Central Port teamed up on July 18 to host a regional roundtable of Intermodal experts from the St. Louis metropolitan area.

ACP ED Dennis Wilmsmeyer welcomes attendees to the Intermodal Round Table held at the Port

Rail representatives from CSX, BNSF, NS rail, TRRA were joined by; officials from the RCGA, two professors of supply chain logistics management from UMSL and SLU, SCF Marine, the Port of St Louis, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, the City of Greenville, IL, St Clair County Transit, Lee Hutchins of AECOM (EWG Frieght Planner) and America’s Central Port to talk about ways to position the St. Louis region as an intermodal destination.



Consider these points:

US freight railroads are making 23 billion in improvements this year – these are private dollars

Railroads employ 175,000 workers and have invested $500 billion into trains, terminals and tracks since 1980

Freight rail carries over 40% of intercity cargo

US shipping rates for rail are the lowest in the world- reducing US Business costs—declined 45% since deregulation

FY 2011 shipments of construction components, lumber and motor vehicle volumes increased 30%

In the first half of 2012 total rail carloads are up

Intermodal traffic increase is 5.8% in the first quarter of 2012 from one year ago-with an overall volume of 3.5 million units- setting an all time record

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Exec Director of America’s Central Port, offered to support our rail partners and explained the importance of the Port in the regional intermodal system. The Transportation Experts from UMSL and SLU explained the need for the region to develop more of an intermodal focus and highlight the virtues of the St Louis metro location over locations in Chicago or Memphis. John Roach, Transportation Consultant, explained that the physical condition of the two rail bridges, the MacArthur and the Merchants, are in poor shape but operational issues could be addressed to improve rail modality in the region in advance of the upgrade to these bridges.

Rail representatives talked about the robust growth of rail services and their increase in the intermodal market, due primarily to the changing economy and the impacts on the  trucking industry. They explained that our region needs to do a better job at making the connections better to the rail system and to make the case that our location offers better connectivity to both the west and the east.  They also explained that we are in an excellent position with respect to the growth of freight that is expected through the widening of the Panama Canal. Our location on the river will greatly expand the reach of shipment of goods thoughout the midwest.

America’s Central Port to host “Preview the Port” Monthly Business Start-up Program

In efforts to further jumpstart the area economy, starting in July 2012 and each month thereafter, America’s Central Port will host a tour and informational session on its services and business assistance programs.  According to Frank Miles, the Port’s Business Development Manager, “these sessions are ideal for start-ups and small businesses that are looking for additional resources”.

America’s Central Port is located in Granite City, IL at the center of the area’s infrastructure and has been committed to economic development since 1959.  The Port provides a small business incubator with space available for as little as $5 per day. The port also offers opportunities to rent warehouse and office space.  The Port also offers access to harbors that offer a premier location and facilities which move over three million tons of product annually.

America’s Central Port offers a variety of assistance programs to help lower operating costs for start-ups and expanding businesses.  The staff is knowledgeable in all aspects of planning and development for ports, industrial and commercial parks, building layout and design, operational components of intermodal transfers, steel movements, building renovation and construction.

Attending a “Preview the Port” session is a way current and prospective business owners can visit America’s Central Port and learn more.  These hour long sessions will include business plan review and provide available space options for your business.  Sessions will be held on the second Friday of each month from Noon until 1 p.m. in the Port’s main conference room at 1635 W. First Street, Granite City, IL 62040.  No reservations are required.  The July session will be Friday, July 13 at noon.

Contact Kristine Jarden or Frank Miles at 618-452-4463 or fmiles@americascentralport.com for more information.   Visit America’s Central Port’s website at www.americascentralport.com.