Port District Receives Award for Commitment to Logistics and Distribution

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June 15, 2016                                                                                                       
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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.

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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