Purpose and Intent
|We believe the population served by the
Mid-America Port Commission is not fully taking advantage of the Mississippi
and Illinois Rivers as a driver for economic growth. Additionally, it is our
strong belief that our area is geographically ideally located to service a
large segment of the interior of the nation as a major shipping point. We
are therefore committed to improve the intermodal transportation service in
the Tri-State Area of Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa, and West-Central
Illinois to foster economic development, thereby increasing employment
opportunities, leading to still better quality of life for the people of
We are further committed to offer opportunities for regional and international trade to be competitive in the modern marketplace. Our drive is to improve the competitiveness of local industry, while attracting new industries by creating interconnected inland water transport terminal facilities, and offering the advantage of a general purpose foreign trade zone and sub-zones.
The expanding global marketplace offers new and varied challenges. Establishing the Mid-America Regional Port and public terminal area will provide the engine for the economic growth to effect widespread benefits to the heartland well into the future.The three-state legislation creating the "Mid-America Port Commission" and the Illinois "Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District" are summarized in the following paragraphs. The legislation provides the purpose, organization and operation of the bodies politic. The legislation also gives certain powers, rights and duties, as well as authorizing the Commission and District to enter into agreements and contracts.
Recognizing the unique capacity of the river system and the challenge of retaining a dwindling population by creating meaningful jobs in the region of NW Illinois, SE Iowa and NE Missouri; the three states of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri formed the Mid-America Port Commission. The Commission was established as a regional economic development entity to create a modern regional intermodal port and attached terminal area. Illinois also created the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District as a state of Illinois entity engaged in the same worthy enterprise. Upon the creation of the Commission, the three states funded a feasibility study prepared By the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that studied the local economic environment, evaluated potential sites and made recommendations. As quoted in the study, Commissioner Timothy E. Hoschek states that the goal of the Port Commission is to:
“…better use the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to promote area economic development, save business and industries shipping costs, spur national and international trade, and create jobs”
The study recommends the “Mid-America Port Commission pursue… the riverport industrial park/public terminal development option, or … a combined riverport manufacturing and distribution center.” “In all, 28 potential sites were identified from the nearly 700 miles of examined shoreline, unweighted criteria were applied, and the potential sites were ranked by state. Several suitable sites were found for development in each state.”
The Port Market Analysis and Site Selection Study further recommends “… that a public general commodities terminal combined with a large industrial park with Foreign Trade Zone status (a riverport) would best meet the region’s needs…” As import trade increases to the Mid-America Regional PortTM, establishment of a General Purpose Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) will be pursued. Until that time, the District has an agreement in place with FTZ-114 from Peoria, Illinois, to administer sub-zones in our region until a General Purpose FTZ can be established.
Legislation specifically states the Commission and District will:
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