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October 31, 2011


Greetings ~ 


We had two stories this week that I did not want to hold for our next regularly scheduled NewsLink. 


Mid-America St. Louis Airport announced some great news on Thursday about a warehouse development that will bolster its position as a new hub for perishable cargo.  The project is another signal that our region is the right choice for exporting to growing markets in Asia and South America.


The South Harbor at America's Central Port is a critical infrastructure project to support existing manufacturers and open up new wholesale trade opportunities.  The South Harbor project is a perfect fit with our new Southwestern Illinois Transportation Enhancement (SITE) Program and we appreciate U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello's contribution to making this important development a reality.


Happy Halloween!





Anchor tenant for Mascoutah (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/11)


With financial help from St. Clair County, a Michigan company will build a perishable goods warehouse at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. The deal announced last Thursday includes a $2.15 million from the county in upfront money for the project, which will cost up to $5.7 million. In exchange for the county's help, the airport will own the warehouse after 15 years, officials said. North Bay specializes in year-round production and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables for customers in North America, Latin America, and Europe. County officials said the warehouse will help North Bay open a shipping route to Asia. Read More.


South Harbor project under way (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/11)


Work has started on the Tri-City Port District's new South Harbor, a project that federal and area officials believe will improve transportation efficiencies, promote economic growth, and significantly enhance the port's role as a hub for shipping by trucks, trains, and river barges.The project gained its upstart from a $6 million Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant in February 2010. A second $8.5 million TIGER grant, spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, steered the project into the fast lane.  Read More.



Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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