America’s Central Port District Board Elects New Officers

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July 18, 2016


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.







Minister of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping Visits America’s Central Port District

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July 15, 2016

Delegation from India learns about U.S. Transportation System


Minister of Road Transport Highways and Shipping of India Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari and his staff learn about America’s Central Port District and the United States transportation system.

 Madison County, IL: U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Office of Gateways Director Bill Paape, Minister of Road Transport Highways and Shipping of India  Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari,  Consulate General of India D.B. Bhati, and other government officials from India visited America’s Central Port on Thursday, July 14. The Minister is an equivalent position to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The visit from the Minister and his staff and advisors was part of a tour of U.S. maritime facilities in order to understand the infrastructure, capacities, and importance of waterway transportation in the United States. In 2015, highway fatalities in India were four times higher than in the United States. The officials are looking at roadway design, intelligent transportation systems, enforcement of no cell phone usage and creative ways to shift freight movement to other modes.

America’s Central Port Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer and Port Engineer Bill Stahlman briefed the Minister and his staff about the history of the Port, its operations, and recent infrastructure investments before taking a tour of the Port’s developments. They discussed the many benefits of barge operations and how a viable river system can shift trucks from overcrowded roads to waterways.

During the briefing Wilmsmeyer talked about the transfer and conversion of the former Charles Melvin Price Support Center to the current development of the Port District and the infrastructure improvements that the Port has made to attract new businesses to the region since the transfer of the property.

Following the briefing, the group took a tour of the 1,200 acre Port facility, including a stop at the newly constructed Madison Harbor, and then continued north to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam #26.

Other stops on the U.S. tour by the delegation included Washington D.C., Port of New York/New Jersey, San Francisco, and the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach.




Port District Receives Award for Commitment to Logistics and Distribution

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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.