Category: Announcements

Port District Diversifies Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 FOR INFO: Megan Dittman 618-452-8422

Granite City, IL:  The Board of Commissioners and staff members at America’s Central Port are excited to announce their newest tenant of the 1,200-acre business and industrial campus, Gateway Legacy Christian Academy (GLCA).

“This is a great opportunity for the Port District, and for the City of Granite City,” said Dr. Charles King, Jr., Port District Chairman. “America’s Central Port is more than just your average business industrial campus filled with warehousing and office buildings,” King said. “We constantly look for ways to expand, improve and diversify our uniquely designed campus, and the addition of Gateway Legacy Christian Academy does just that.”

GLCA offers a three-year diploma program to high school aged students, as well as a post- grad program. Their academic community was designed to create a space for students to grow, thrive, and excel spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.

“The heart of the Gateway Academy experience is creating a challenging academic environment that gives students the desires and skills to achieve their dreams at the highest level,” said Melissa Morrison, Head Master at GLCA. “We are extremely excited to bring the ever expanding program to America’s Central Port.”

The five-year lease agreement between the Port and GLCA will expand the footprint of the Port to now include multiple classrooms, dormitory, dining hall, kitchen and athletic fields.

“The campus at America’s Central Port will help further facilitate more students’ dreams from the metro east as well as the greater St. Louis area. GLCA is also the home each year to dozens of international students from all over the world. We look forward to introducing them, and their families, to the Granite City community,” said Morrison.




Port District Receives Award for Commitment to Logistics and Distribution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: John Hamm III
June 15, 2016                                                                                                       


ACP_0105-Edit (1)Madison County, IL: America’s Central Port District was recognized as a winner of the 8th annual EDIE awards at the 2016 Illinois Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Luncheon held June 14th in Chicago, Illinois. The Port was one of five winners out of 22 applicants.

The EDIE Awards, sponsored by ComEd, are designed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) to honor those who imagine, design, invest, build, and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to communities in Illinois. It is the job creation and growth provided by those innovative companies that acts as an economic lifeline for our state.

With the completion and opening of its new multi-modal Madison Harbor in January, the Port is positioning itself to create more jobs and transportation opportunities for the State of Illinois and the St. Louis region. The $50 million lock and ice-free harbor, located on the Mississippi River, increases the on-loading and off-loading capabilities of the Port’s operators, while also positioning the Port for the future of containerized shipping.

“This is a great honor for both the Port District and the City of Madison,” said John Hamm III, Mayor of Madison, IL and current board chairman of America’s Central Port.

“Since the Port began in 1959, our mission has been to create job growth and transportation opportunities, and development for the region,” said Hamm. “Through ongoing collaboration and teamwork, the Port plans to continue infrastructure investments for the benefit of our state.”

Hundreds were in attendance at the annual luncheon, including Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner, who gave remarks congratulating the Port and all EDIE award recipients. Chairman, President, and CEO of The Boeing Company, Dennis Muilenburg, was the keynote speaker for this event.

Other EDIE award recipients were Sunstar Americas (Schamburg), Method Soap Southside Soapbox, Invenergy, LLC, and Metro Chicago Exports.


Congressman Mike Bost and Congressman Rodney Davis Host Roundtable at Port District

Madison County, IL.- Today Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) and Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) hosted a roundtable discussion at America’s Central Port in Granite City, IL with industry leaders to discuss the upcoming reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and other transportation and infrastructure issues.


Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL) host roundtable discussion with local industry leaders at America’s Central Port.

“Our region’s waterways, chief among them the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, are a critical part of our economy,” said Davis. “We have a responsibility to upgrade and repair our waterways and this begins by reauthorizing a water resources bill every two years. Last Congress, we came together to pass the first water reauthorization in nearly seven years to streamline the approval process, enable the use of public-private partnerships as an alternative tool to move some projects forward, and help address the large backlog of projects. I want to build on these successes in the next bill and continue to cut through red tape that’s preventing even greater job growth.”

“As a member of the House Transportation Committee, it’s important to me to see, first hand, the condition of the infrastructure in Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “Today’s meeting with local stakeholders is an important first step in learning the needs of the transportation system, whether it’s in Madison County or other areas of the 12th District. This vast and critical infrastructure impacts the lives of every one of us on a daily basis and is essential to maintaining our economic vitality.”

Industry leaders at the roundtable expressed the importance of maintaining existing infrastructure as well as building new structures to help grow businesses and job opportunities in Southern Illinois and across the region.

“Our Nation’s waterway system is one of the greatest assets in our region, and in our country,” said Dennis WIlmsmeyer, executive director at America’s Central Port. “The economic success and growth of our region and our country rely heavily on operable infrastructure and it is great to see so many leaders coming together to help our nation achieve that goal.”




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.

Watch: ACP Receives Achievement in Logistics Award

America’s Central Port Recognized for Achievement in Logistics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Contact: John Hamm
February 26, 2015                                                                                         618-781-7100


­­­Madison, IL: America’s Central Port District was recognized at the Arcus Awards 3 ceremony on February 25th,  held by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, as the winner of Achievement in Logistics.  A total of six finalists, including several logistics firms, were finalists for the award.

“Arcus” is Latin for “arch” and illustrates the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s regional plan designed to leverage the St. Louis area strengths and to champion a better tomorrow. Twelve awards were presented in many categories, including logistics, in front of 800 attendees.

The Achievement in Logistics award is presented to a company or organization for creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in multimodal logistics and advanced manufacturing.

With the completion and opening of its new Madison Harbor in January, the Port is positioning itself to create more jobs and transportation opportunities for the St. Louis region. The $50 million lock and ice-free harbor, located on the Mississippi River, increases the onloading and offloading capabilities of the Port’s operators, while also positioning the Port for the future of containerized shipping.

“This is a great honor for both the Port District and the City of Madison,” said John Hamm, Mayor of Madison, IL and current board chairman of America’s Central Port.

“Job growth and transportation development have been our top priorities since the Port began 1959,” said Hamm, “and with continued collaboration and team work, we plan to continue that mission and to provide  more transportunities in the years to come.”




Korte Company Begins Warehouse Construction at America’s Central Port

For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2016
For additional information:
Todd Imming
The Korte Company
(618) 654-8611



Korte Co. begins construction on 100,000 square foot warehouse facility at America’s Central Port in Madison, IL.

The Korte Company will begin construction on a 100,000 square foot design-build warehouse facility within America’s Central Port, located in Madison, IL, just 5 miles north of downtown St. Louis. The tilt-up structure, located at the region’s only full-service, public intermodal port, will include warehouse and office space for a private tenant.

America’s Central Port’s business and industrial park currently contains over 1.7 million square feet of rail-served warehouse space, and approximately 70,000 square feet of office space with access to the Mississippi River, four interstate highways and six Class I railroads. This new development is the first phase of an industrial park expansion project at the Port that calls for up to 1 million square feet of new rail-served warehousing space.

America’s Central Port continues to expand economic growth for the region. With access to rail, water and trucking transportation options, the Port offers an ever growing number of benefits and services to not only the St. Louis Metro area, but the entire Midwestern Region.

According to Todd Korte, President and CEO of The Korte Company, “We are pleased to be partnered with America’s Central Port, whose positive economic impact continues to benefit the entire area.”

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and, Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $200 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.



America’s Central Port Closes on Financing for Warehouse Project

January 22, 2016
More Information:
Megan Dittman


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Rendering of new 100,000 square foot warehouse facility being constructed at America’s Central Port





Madison County, IL:
Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director or America’s Central Port, announced today the Port has closed on financing for the first phase of its warehouse expansion project.

The Port’s development plan calls for the construction of up to 1 million square feet of new, rail-served manufacturing and warehousing space on the site of the former U.S. Army Charles Melvin Price Support Center.  Since the base’s closure in 2000, the Port has been redeveloping the property as an intermodal business and industrial park.  To date, the Port has attracted over $350 million in new development.  This latest project includes the construction of a 100,000 square foot warehouse for an expanding Port tenant and a 26,000 square foot bulk storage building to support the Port’s new, public harbor facility.

Project financing included an $8.5 million allocation of New Market Tax Credits from Heartland Regional Investment Fund.  U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation is the tax credit investor, and Pulaski Bank is the lender.  Financing for the deal closed on December 31, 2015, and construction is already underway on the first warehouse building.  Construction of the bulk storage facility is scheduled to start this spring.

“We are grateful for the investments made by Heartland Regional Investment Fund, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation and Pulaski Bank,” said Ben McCall, Senior Planner of America’s Central Port. “Their partnership was key to making this project a reality.  We’re excited to start the next phase of our redevelopment plan for the property and to be able to support the growth of a local business.”

Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said the warehouse expansion project is central to the expanding viability of the port.  “America’s Central Port is one of Madison County’s best resources for job creation and long-term economic prosperity.  The warehousing project will allow the port to meet the demands of businesses and developers looking to capitalize on the intermodal distribution capabilities at the port and at other locations in Madison County,” Dunstan stated.

America’s Central Port District manages a 1,200 acre intermodal business and industrial park in Madison and Granite City, Illinois, and has an annual economic impact of $282 million on Madison County. Its development territory is composed of over 200 square miles in western Madison and southern Jersey counties in Illinois.




America’s Central Port- A Best Kept Secret

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s one of the best kept secrets in the St. Louis area, and area leaders are trying to change that. America’s Central Port District is where a host of transportation modes come together. Located north of downtown St. Louis, area leaders say the port is perfectly positioned to attract business from around the word. The location includes warehouse space and apartments.

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the port’s executive director, says a recent study found America’s Central Port is more cost-effective at moving transportation than other cities fighting for the same businesses.

“We ranked as number one in terms of the lowest cost of transportation coming into and out of the St. Louis region,” Wilmsmeyer said.

Companies already invested in the port predict once the cost advantages are known, some major investing will follow. The port’s advantages include rivers that don’t freeze, as well as access to major railroads, airports, and a web of interstates.

“When they come in and see a facility like this to where there’s trucks, trains and the barges all right here, and there’s so many partners working together, it just gives them the confidence that their company will also be successful,” said Brad Reinhart, President of Giltner St. Louis.

Carl Yount, vice president of Port Harbor Railroad, has traveled the country, and feels America’s Central Port has advantages industry counterparts don’t even know about.

“A lot of facilities don’t offer where a rail could come in and place cars on one side, be unloaded, cross dock to the other side to trucks,” said Yount. “A lot of the network individuals I work with are not even aware of that.”

Reinhart and other port officials say they America’s Central Port District must do a better job of letting the rest of the world know about those advantages. The port is part of a newly formed freight district, hoping to attract more businesses to the region. Port leaders are trying to convince manufacturers they will save money if the locate their business in the district.

“If they’re going to have one distribution center in North America, have it in the center,” Wilmsmeyer said . “Have it in St. Louis.”

A recent study found the port’s annual economic impact on Madison County, Illinois is $282 million. It supports more than 1,000 jobs. The port recently celebrated an expansion and leaders say there is no telling how much growth is in the future, or how many new jobs could come to the area.

“There’s new businesses that have been opening up monthly here,” Reinhart said.

Port leaders believe investments in transportation infrastructure will pay off, especially given the built in advantages America’s Central Port District boasts.

America’s Central Port Dedicates South Harbor


Pictured from left to right in the above picture are: Illinois Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Christine Reed, Former Port Commissioner Joe Schuler, Port Commissioner and Venice Township Supervisor Andy Economy, Port Commissioner Charles King Jr., Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Mayor of Madison and America’s Central Port Board Chairman John Hamm III, Executive Director of America’s Central Port Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Retired U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, Senator William Haine, Representative Dan Beiser, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, Mayor of Alton and Port Commissioner Brant Walker, Mayor of Grafton and Port Commissioner Tom Thompson, Former Port Commissioner Melvin Wilmsmeyer, Tom Hewlett, Former Port District General Manager Velda Taylor, and Madison City Council Member Michael Vrabrec.

City of Madison, Ill., The Board of Commissioners and staff members at America’s Central Port welcomed state and local officials along with hundreds of business leaders for dedication of the South Harbor project today. The project constructed  9,600 feet of rail track, moved over one million cubic yards of dirt and used over 8,000 cubic yards of concrete to create a new rail/ truck/ barge terminal and general cargo barge dock.

“This is a great day for the City of Madison,” stated John Hamm III, Mayor of Madison, Illinois and current Board Chairman at America’s Central Port. “Today we celebrate the opportunities this project has created for the City of Madison, the Port District, and for the St. Louis region as a whole,” said Hamm.

The ceremony included speeches by Hamm, Madison County Board Chairman, Alan Dunstan, Illinois Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Christine Reed, and US Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen.

“For years Madison County and the Port District have partnered together to promote growth and transportation in the area,” said Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan. “With continued investments into our infrastructure, like those in the South Harbor, we are spurring future growth and job creation for Madison County.”

The new $50 million facility at America’s Central Port will increase the handling capabilities of Port operators to better accommodate the demands and needs of Midwest growers and shippers. Waterway shipping provides agricultural and industrial shippers a more economical rate structure that will allow them to better compete in the global market place.

The ceremony also highlighted a $2.3 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant for additional rail track work at the Port District that was announced on September 30th. The Port District also announced the additional construction of a new grain bin to complement the new grain terminal. Construction is expected to commence immediately.

The ceremony concluded with tours of the new conveyor system, a river tow boat and the City of Madison’s new fire boat.






Madison County Receives $400,000 EPA Grant to Identify Contaminated Sites

For Immediate Release
For additional information contact
Jeff Wehling or Frank Miles


Congressmen Shimkus, Davis & Bost Join Chairman Dunstan
In Making Announcement


EDWARDSVILLE, August 26, 2015 – Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan, joined by U.S. Congressmen John Shimkus (Ill. 15th Dist.), Rodney Davis (Ill. 13th Dist.) and Mike Bost (12th Dist.), announced today the county has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify historically contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, in the county for clean-up and redevelopment.

The brownfield assessment will primarily concentrate on the northern, eastern and southern portions of Madison County.  In recent years, EPA brownfield assessment grants were awarded to the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority and America’s Central Port (formerly the Tri-City Regional Port District), to access more than 70 sites in the industrial corridor located in the western portion of the county.

“Being awarded this grant from the EPA is an important development in the eventual clean-up of abandoned and dilapidated industrial and commercial properties throughout Madison County,” Dunstan said in making the announcement.  ”And it is also a key first step in Madison County’s economic development plan to concentrate on areas where jobs are needed most.”

Dunstan also praised the support received from the members of Madison County’s Congressional delegation.  “Although the EPA awarded Madison County this grant based on need, the support our application received from Congressmen (John) Shimkus, (Rodney) Davis and (Mike) Bost was particularly helpful when you consider Madison County was just one of thousands of counties throughout the country competing for a limited amount of available grant dollars,” Dunstan said.

“This was clearly an example of elected officials, representing different political parties, working together for the betterment of Madison County and its residents,” Dunstan added.  “This collective effort will result in improved public health, a better environment and, ultimately, jobs for our residents.”

Congressman Shimkus stressed the redevelopment opportunities of brownfield sites that will be identified.  “I am committed to working toward the transformation of our area’s abandoned and contaminated properties into environmentally safe areas for use by our citizens and for possible redevelopment,” the congressman stated.  “Many of the sites we believe will be classified as brownfields are strategically located and are excellent sites for redevelopment.”

Potential Brownfield sites that will be addressed as part of this study range from industrial sites as large as 80 acres to small, former gas stations.  Preliminary work on the project revealed that in a number of rural areas, businesses which at one time supported the industrial facilities in the eastern part of the county are abandoned and appear to suffer from contamination.

Smaller communities located along major transportation corridors have numerous former gas stations that have long closed and those sites remain an impediment to redevelopment.  Those abandoned gas stations have likely released petroleum/BTEX into the soil and groundwater. Although much of this is undocumented, early gas stations are notorious for leaking tanks.

Frank Miles, administrator of Madison County Community Development, said the EPA grant is only for the identification of brownfield sites in Madison County and does not include site clean-up.  “After the study is completed, Madison County Community Development will develop a plan for the identified brownfield that includes clean-up and removal of any contamination.”

The EPA specifies that $200,000 of the $400,000, three-year grant be used to identify hazardous brownfield sites with heavy metals, creosote and other toxicants in the soil.  The remainder of the grant funds will be used to identify brownfield sites contaminated by petroleum products.

The $400,000 grant will be used to prioritize and investigate the historic uses of the properties, determine the type, severity and extent of contaminants, and develop remedial alternatives that will allow for safe and viable reuse of the properties.

“Many of the sites we have identified as brownfields, pending completion of the study, are located in primarily rural, agricultural areas.  It is the combination of agriculture, industry and a strategic location that has made Madison County successful, and will serve as the basis for the future success of the county,” stated Congressman Davis.  “The clean-up of brownfields will only make the county more attractive for businesses looking to expand or relocate, and will lead to increased revenues and jobs.”

Madison County Community Development will serve as the lead agency and will retain a qualified environmental consultant to assist in managing and performing the activities funded by the grant.  The department will oversee the work of the consultant and act as a liaison between the EPA, coalition members, the public, property owners and other stakeholders involved in projects resulting from this grant.

Congressman Bost said the identification and eventual clean-up of brownfield sites is a victory for the people of Madison County.  “The county’s receiving this grant from the EPA and the clean-up of the brownfields will result in a cleaner environment, an increase in the values of surrounding properties and increased revenues for local governments which will, in turn, help lessen the tax burden on our residents.  It is a victory for the people of the Illinois’ 12th  Congressional District and all of Madison County.”


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