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Shipping, logistics facility expands along Mississippi

central-portIllinois is home to a large and growing port district in Madison County, along the Mississippi River in the Metro East area. More Metro East communities will have new opportunities for economic growth, investment and job creation under a new law expanding the Tri-City Regional Port District.

The district operates America’s Central Port in Granite City and provides much-needed programs to reduce operating costs for new and expanding businesses in the region.

“Shipping on the Mississippi has an enormous economic influence on the entire region. We are expanding the benefits of the port district to match that wide-ranging impact,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) said.

Haine sponsored the new law, Senate Bill 499, to expand the Tri-City Regional Port District boundaries to include the Wood River, Alton, Godfrey and Elsah townships. The district currently serves Granite City, Venice, Nameoki and Chouteau Townships in Madison County. The legislation was signed by the governor in Granite City on Friday.

America's Central Port is a 1,200-acre shipping and logistics facility handling river and rail freight along the Mississippi. The port also features warehouses, office space and residential apartments.

This expansion is part of ongoing construction and economic development projects in the Metro East: $695 million for the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River, $75 million for a new Science Building at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southwestern Illinois College’s new $19.1 million Liberal Arts Complex addition in Belleville.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.