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about us

Created in 1959 by the State of Illinois, the Port is a special-purpose unit of local government whose mission is to develop multi-modal transportation, create business expansion opportunities, and facilitate and assist in job creation for the Southwest Illinois region.

Located just north of downtown St. Louis in Southwest Illinois, lies a 1,200 acre multi-modal business and industrial campus known as America’s Central Port. Situated at the heart of the United States transportation network, the Port provides exceptional access to three major freight transportation modes: river, rail, and road. Home to multiple manufacturers, building material suppliers, and other industrial and transportation businesses, the Port is an excellent location for freight intensive operations.

Mary Lamie, Executive Director

The St. Louis Regional Freightway

“As part of the third largest inland port in the country, with access to four interstates, over 20 miles of rail, six Class-I railroads, and the northernmost lock and ice free river port, they are one of the most strategically located assets in the region for the entire freight industry.” 

James Alexander, SVP of Economic Development St. Louis Regional Chamber

"America’s Central Port has been a great partner to the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and they continue to do a phenomenal job in helping establish relationships to bring outside investment to the region."

Tim Nowak, Executive Director

World Trade Center St. Louis

“America’s Central Port is a momentous driver in attracting foreign investment to the region. Its central location, abundance of Class-I rail served space, river access, and multi-modal capabilities makes the Port one of the region’s greatest assets to reach international markets."