September 2014

Making a Difference; One TV at a Time

Fall E-Cycle Event

With “green initiatives” and “going green” campaigns popping up everywhere, it is safe to say that the idea of recycling and sustainability is catching on. This case is no different at America’s Central Port.

Since the beginning of 2014, the Port has taken strides to improve its own sustainability, and help local residents and organizations do the same as well. Strong efforts began back in May when the Port hosted its first public electronic recycling event in cooperation with RNA WorldWide. This event drew in over 16,000 pounds of out of date, old and unwanted electronics and scrap materials that would have otherwise been more clutter added to our landfills.

Not only did this event help local residents and businesses in the Tri-City area, but it also allowed the Port to clean up over 200 abandoned TV’s and appliances left by former tenants.

The positive feedback from community members and tenants was so great that another event was planned for late August. While the total amounts collected this time around was not as high, the event was still very successful in helping local residents and businesses clean up their clutter.

America’s Central Port plans to keep the positive trend rolling. More information will be following, but for now mark your calendars for our next e-cycle event:
Friday, April 10, 2015! 

Port hosts Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus

September 5, 2014
FOR INFO: Megan Dittman


LtoR- Wilmsmeyer, Kirk, Stahlman, Shimkus

 Madison County, IL.- America’s Central Port was proud to host Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman John Shimkus Friday September 5th for a visit and tour of the property. Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus met with Executive Director, Dennis Wilmsmeyer, and Port Engineer, Bill Stahlman, to discuss the South Harbor’s Progress as well as remaining property transfers from the U.S. Army to the Port District.

Both Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus took great interest in learning about America’s Central Port, and its role in the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis as the second busiest inland river port in the United States. Infrastructure  investment by the Port over the last decade and how it has attracted private sector investment was of great interest to both Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus.

“America’s Central Port was pleased to host Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus to hear their views on Washington and for us to show how the public sector and private sector can work together,” said Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port. “The Port’s $282 million annual economic impact on Madison County speaks volumes about how the Port has worked to attract investment to the region.”


Originally created by the Illinois legislature in 1959, the Port District is a special- purpose unit of local government. As an economic development entity, the Port has an annual impact on the economy in Madison County. The Port owns or leases 1,200 acres of land and uses its powers to attract investment to the Southwestern Illinois region.