January 2013

New 12th District US Congressman Bill Enyart Tours America’s Central Port

Congressman Enyart is briefed on activities at America's Central Port by Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer and Frank Miles, Business and Economic Development Manager

Granite City- Recently elected, U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart and his Washington DC Legislative Director (LD)Willie Lyles visited America’s Central Port on Tuesday January 28,  in Granite City, Illinois. During the visit, Congressman Enyart was provided a briefing on Port operations and capabilities by the Port’s Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer and Business Development Manager, Frank Miles. During the briefing Congressman Enyart was given an update on the new South Harbor construction project and also an update on river levels in the area. His LD was provided information by Port staff regarding upcoming infrastructure needs for the Port. Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer explained that “while we have an active project underway at the South Harbor, there are ongoing infrastructure needs here at the Port where we could use additional federal, state and local support.”  Construction is currently underway at the new South Harbor and is scheduled to be completed next year.

After the briefing the Congressman and his staff were given a tour of the Port facilities, including the north harbor operations, as well as the ongoing South Harbor project. Congressman Enyart noted he was last at the Port in 1982 when it served as a the former US Army Charles Melvin Price Support Center. The General Enyart was at the Port procuring some uniforms in his stead as a commander of the Illinois National Guard.

Third Public Meeting of the Tri-Cities Sustainable Development Community Planning Area

Due to severe weather on January 29th, this event was postponed. The meeting is expected to be rescheduled for late February / early March. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused.
America’s Central Port invites you to join East-West Gateway Council of Governments, FOCUS St. Louis, and 10 other regional partners for the third public meeting of the St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development’s Tri-Cities Community Planning Area (CPA).

  • In Round 1: You identified critical issues facing our community.
  • In Round 2: You identified revitalization, flooding and transit priorities.
  • In Round 3:You can provide feedback on examples created specifically for our community.

Come join us in this continuing effort to create a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development!

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2012 (Update: the meeting is being rescheduled) at the Madison Fire House located at 1800 Third Street, Madison, IL 62060 (map).  Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  We moved the CPA meeting to the Madison-Venice communities to give those areas an opportunity to seek out more participation. Everyone is welcome to attend — even if you were unable to attend the first two meetings.

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

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Doors will open at 6:15 p.m..  We moved the CPA meeting to the Madison-Venice communities to give those areas an opportunity to seek out more participation.

Foreign Trade Zones Board Releases 73rd Annual Report to Congress

Yesterday, the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board released its 73rd Annual Report to Congress. The report, which can be viewed online here shows impressive levels of growth in all areas of FTZ activity during 2011.

Described in detail in the report, substantial increases in exports, merchandise received, and employment in Zones across the country are a clear sign that the FTZ program is accomplishing its objectives.

According to the report, exports from Foreign-Trade Zones reached a record-high $54.3 billion in 2011 – an impressive 56% increase from Fiscal Year 2010. This remarkable level of growth significantly outpaced the nation’s 18% total export growth over the same time period. 76% of these exports originated from U.S. based manufacturing and processing operations, with the rest originating from warehousing and distribution operations.

Merchandise received in Zones also reached $640.9 billion in 2011, an increase of nearly 20% from FY 2010.  Approximately 83% of this merchandise was used in manufacturing and production operations, while the remaining portion was sourced by warehousing and distribution operations. The report indicates that the main industries participating in zone manufacturing and production activities include the oil refining, automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, and machinery/equipment sectors.

Finally, the report shows increased levels of participation and employment in the FTZ program. The FTZ Board estimates that approximately 340,000 people were employed in Foreign-Trade Zones during 2011, an increase of 6% over the previous year’s estimate. The number of firms participating in the program also increased to 2,800. Three new foreign-trade zones were approved during the 2011 calendar year, and 38 zones were reorganized under the alternative site framework (ASF).

Overall, these figures demonstrate that FTZs have continued to be effective in facilitating international trade and promoting US employment.

America’s Central Port is home to FTZ #31 which includes Port facilities, Mid America Airport in Mascoutah, Gateway Commerce Center in Pontoon Beach and Phillips Refinery in Wood River.