Port District Receives Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 FOR INFO: Megan Dittman 618-452-8422 September 13, 2016

 

Port District Receives Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation

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The Administrator of U.S. Department Administration, Maritime Administration, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen presents Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port, with the America’s Marine Highway Award to recognize the Port for their Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation for the potential future movement of sea containers on river barges.

Granite City, IL:  The Administrator of U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau visited the recently opened Madison Harbor at America’s Central Port Monday, September 12th.

 

Both Administrator Jaenichen and Administrator Nadeau participated in the Administrators’ Roundtable on the Freight Economy held by Bi-State Development Agency Monday morning in downtown St. Louis.

Following the roundtable, Administrator Jaenichen, Administrator Nadeau, and several transportation professionals from the St. Louis Region took a tour of various logistics areas including St. Louis River Terminal, Lange-Stegmann, and America’s  Central Port.

While at America’s Central Port, Administrator Jaenichen presented Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director at America’s Central Port, with a plaque to recognize the Port District for their Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation for the potential future movement of sea containers on river barges.

“The planning and investment in infrastructure by the Port District has been impressive,” said Administrator Jaenichen. “This river facility is like a field of dreams to those of us in the transportation industry. The design of this facility brings together the three major modes of freight transportation at a location that creates lock and ice free transportation, saving operators both time and money, and ultimately creating endless transportation opportunities for the region,” said Jaenichen.

“We are grateful for this award,” stated Wilmsmeyer “The Port District strongly believes in reinvestment in the infrastructure so that we as a region may continue to grow and thrive. ” The designation was in large part due to the work done by the Illinois Soybean Association for grain export to overseas markets in containers. The project designation makes the future container-on-barge opportunities at America’s Central Port eligible for federal funding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Port District Diversifies Campus

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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.

 

 

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America’s Central Port District Board Elects New Officers

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July 18, 2016

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Newly elected Board Chairman Dr. Charles King, Jr. (left) receives the gavel from former Board Chairman John Hamm, Mayor of Madison, Illinois.

Madison County, IL: America’s Central Port Board of Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles E. King, Jr. as the new Board Chairman of the Port District for a one-year term at the Annual Meeting held Monday, July 11.

Dr. King replaces outgoing Chairman, John Hamm III, Mayor of Madison, IL., who remains on the Board of Commissioners.

Significant projects during Hamm’s tenure as Chairman the Port District include the completion of construction of the $50 million Madison Harbor; the largest project the Port has undertaken since its inception, the groundbreaking of an advanced chemical processing plant, and the groundbreaking of a bulk storage facility to support the new harbor.

Dr. King thanked Mayor Hamm and presented him with a plaque commemorating his service to the Port District.

“On behalf of the Port Board of Commissioners and staff at America’s Central Port, I would like to thank Mayor Hamm for his leadership and guidance during his time as Chairman,” said Dr. Charles E. King, Jr. “The Port District has focused on job growth and transportation investments, and I plan to continue that mission,” King said.

Other appointments at the annual meeting included Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice, IL as Secretary and Mayor Brant Walker of Alton, IL as Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

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