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Vice President Joe Biden’s Visit to America’s Central Port

Video and story from Fox 2 St. Louis

America’s Central Port was proud to host Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Governor Quinn, and U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-Belleville) on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). America’s Central Port has received $14.5 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I) grant funding to invest in its new South Harbor project. The Harbor is currently under construction and is set for completion in Fall of 2014.

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Vice President Biden to Visit America’s Central Port on Wed., Feb. 19th

America's Central Port - South Harbor

America’s Central Port’s new South Harbor is being funded, in part, by a $14.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) I Grant

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February 14, 2014

Vice President Biden to Travel to Granite City, Illinois

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 19th, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Granite City, Illinois, to visit America’s Central Port. The Vice President’s visit will mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and highlight the need for continued investment in infrastructure to create jobs and grow our economy.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will also attend. Additional details about the Vice President’s trip are forthcoming.

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America’s Central Port Releases Report About Economic Impact on Madison County

America’s Central Port announced today the completion and release of research data quantifying the economic impact of the Port on Madison County. The impact analysis was completed by RSN Economic Group, Inc.

According to Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director, “growth of the Port District continues to be significant to Madison County with a $282 million annual economic impact and over 1450 jobs either directly or indirectly supported by the Port and its tenants. This represents an increase of 36% in the Port’s overall economic impact to the county since 2007. Additionally, over $70 million in labor income results from the Port’s tenants, residential facilities and construction. Wilmsmeyer said that the Port’s impact on state and local taxes are also significant, totaling nearly $10 million. The Port’s tenants provide over $2.2 million in property tax revenues for local schools and the communities of Granite City, Madison and Venice.

The Port’s activities include its operators loading or unloading 2,500 barges each year; rail and truck bulk transfers for agricultural products, steel, fertilizer, and asphalt; foreign trade zone operations; commercial warehousing; industrial property development; office space leasing; recreational facilities and residential apartments, among other activities. The 2.5 million tons of commodities that pass through the Port’s operators are valued at over $1.1 billion annually, contributing to the nation’s second busiest inland port with the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis.

In 2002, the Tri City Regional Port District began re-development of the former US Army Charles Melvin Price Support Center. Now known as America’s Central Port, the facility has over 70 tenants and operating companies directly employing over 750 people on its 1200 acre property in Southwestern Madison County. Major tenants include: Abengoa Bioenergy, Arizon Industries, Mattingly Lumber and the US Army Reserve.

 “The $282 million overall economic impact of the America’s Central Port places it among the major engines of economic development in the County. Other major contributors are Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and St. Louis Regional Airport,” said Dr. John C. Navin from RSN Economic Group.

Wilmsmeyer said “that the future holds even more opportunities for the Port with the development of the new South Harbor. When completed, it will serve as the region’s newest global gateway for Illinois products and agriculture”.

Economic Impact Brochure 2013 (Web)

Download the full report (PDF, 1.18MB)

 

The RSN Economic Group is led by Dr. John C. Navin, Timothy S. Sullivan and Warren Richards, faculty members in the Department of Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. RSN has done extensive research on measuring economic impacts on a variety of businesses in the region, including the Conoco Phillips Refinery. 

 

Volunteers Needed for the 5th Annual Confluence Trash Bash on March 23

Volunteers are needed for the Fifth Annual Confluence Trash Bash on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Make a difference in our communities by cleaning up our neighborhoods, rivers, and streams!

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

8:30 (registration)
9AM – 12:00 PM (clean up)

Meet at the Waffle House Parking Lot by 9:00am
3244 West Chain of Rocks Road
Granite City, IL 62040
Lunch & Celebration to Follow

 

After picking up litter, volunteers can return to their starting location or join a larger group at the Old Chain or Rocks Bridge for an appreciation lunch and a chance to celebrate! Prizes will be given for interesting trash finds.

Register online for this event at: https://behrmann.wufoo.com/forms/5th-annual-confluence-trash-bash/

Many sites are family friendly and volunteering is also a great opportunity for scouts to earn badges and students to earn community service hours. Lunch is provided, and prizes are awarded for best trash finds. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt for participating.

Volunteers must complete a waiver to participate. Please print out the waiver and bring it with you by going to: http://www.stlmsd.com/educationoutreach/msdgreeninitiatives/streamcleanassistance/liability-waiver-2013.pdf

Free Solar Symposium for Community Policy Makers – April 3

A free, collaborative symposium highlighting the solar energy opportunities available to governmental agencies, educational and healthcare institutions, and non-profits will be held at Southwestern Illinois College’s Sam Wolf Granite City campus on April 3rd, 2013.

 

Southwestern Illinois CollegeSolar Symposium for Community Policy Makers

April 3, 2013 9am-11:30am
SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus
History Room
4950 Maryville Rd.
Granite City, 62040 (map)

 

The Sam Wolf Granite City Campus is located one mile south of Interstate 270 at the intersection of Maryville Road and Highway 203 on the north side of Granite City.

The symposium will cover positive examples of how the investment of solar energy can:

  • Maximize funding opportunities
  • Save your community thousands of future dollars
  • Promote clean air and waterways
  • Enhance and improve your property
  • Improve the health of your community
  • And decrease your community’s GHG and carbon footprint

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This is a FREE event but registration is required to Virginia at coxist1221@aol.com / (618)462.6802 or Andrea at andrea@dayandnightsolar.com / (618)781.6868

Sustainability 101: Lunch and Learn at SWIC – April 2

A Lunch and Learn program, “A Greener You – A Greener World,” will be held at Southwestern Illinois College’s Belleville Campus on April 2nd during the lunch hour. Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Southwestern Illinois CollegeSustainability 101: Your Actions Make a Difference!

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 2 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville Campus
Main Complex Garden Room

 

Discover the positive impacts some common green practices have on Earth’s living systems, including:

  • Recycling
  • Energy efficiency
  • Nontoxic home cleaning
  • Gardening

This interactive program, presented by Jean Ponzi, green resources manager for Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center, will empower people to educate others about how to grow greener. Ponzi, a communications specialist for EarthWays Center, is an environmental educator, writer and the host of “Earthworms” on 88.1 FM, KDHX radio.

EarthWays Center, the sustainability division of Missouri Botanical Garden, promotes sustainability through environmental education in the St. Louis region.

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Learn more at earthwayscenter.org and greenhomesSTL.org.

Free Energy Management & Efficiency Trainings from IGEN – Spring 2013

With support from the Illinois Department of Commerce  and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is offering a unique educational opportunity to learn about energy efficiency and green practices. This program, hosted by Illinois community colleges throughout the state, is designed to promote measurable energy demand reduction through education and training. Learn From National Experts:

  • Produce measurable electricity and gas savings—and save money at the same time
  • Create a culture of energy awareness by making energy efficiency a top-level priority
  • Raise the level of energy efficiency literacy

Upcoming local courses at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL are listed below.  Courses available at other Illinois sites can be found on the IGEN website.

 

Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing 3-Course Series
Training offered by Met Demand

NOTE: You may register to attend any or all of the three trainings.

  • “Effective Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices” on March 20 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • “Introduction to Maintenance Planning and Scheduling” on April 19 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • “Introduction to Preventive and Predictive Maintenance” on May 16 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

More information

 

GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green
Training offered by the U.S Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter

Those who complete the four-hour training may choose to sit for the optional certification test offered at the end of the training ($75.00).

  • April 12 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

More information

 

All trainings are offered at no charge, but space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the IGEN website at: igencc.org/temt

Tri-Cities Sustainable Development Planning Meeting – Now March 7

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 Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (rescheduled) at the Madison Fire House located at 1800 Third Street, Madison, IL 62060 (map).  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. 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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America’s Central Port Hosts E-cycle Drop Site on Saturday, February 9, 2013

On Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, America’s Central Port will host an E-Cycle drop site located on the former Army Depot Commissary parking lot located at West Seventh Street and A Street within the Port.

Operated by WITS Inc. an electronics recovery organization, this site serves as the Tri-cities E-scrap drop off point. The event is open to the general public regardless of residency or business location. Metro area residents with electronic products and items to be recycled can enter the Port property through the Welcome Center located on Niedringhaus Avenue then follow the signs to the drop off location.

Most items are accepted free of charge and include: Computers, monitors, printers, cables and peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.); office equipment, business equipment and machinery, networking equipment, servers, telecommunications equipment, phones, cell phones, clocks, VCR, stereos and audio/video equipment including cable/satellite, TVs – all sizes, Home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, White goods: washers, dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, for a ($5 fee), Medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, electrical cabling, communication machinery and equipment, Industrial machinery and equipment including power and gas equipment, Lawn equipment, tools, old mowers, tillers, air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers and other freon-containing devices ($5 fee), Old motors, transformers and other electrical equipment, Car and household batteries and lead items, CDs, VHS, DVD, Cassette, DAT and all types of data tapes, Holiday lights and decorations.

Items NOT accepted: Paint, Tires, Chemicals and Household Furniture.

Materials can also be dropped off at the WITS offices and facilities located at 643 Holly Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. WITS also makes business reservations for pickup of items. Email information to dispatch@witsinc.org or fax the request to 314-382-1730 with the following information, location, quantities, loading logistics and a contact person and number.

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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.

[icon_link url=”http://www.americascentralport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TriCityRnd3_2.pdf” color=”gray” type=”icon_paper”]Printable Brochure (PDF)[/icon_link]

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.