DECATUR– More than 30 visitors representing economic development interests from surrounding areas visited Decatur on June 24 to hear about the Midwest Inland Port and to tour the inter-modal facility. The meeting was hosted by ADM at its Randall Research facility; Mark Schweitzer, ADM’s Managing Director of Intermodal and Container Freight, provided a detailed description of the capabilities of the intermodal facility and a broader overview of the potential of the Midwest Inland Port.
In his comments, Schweitzer noted, “This is not just about Decatur. What we have in Central Illinois is unique.” The uniqueness Schweitzer referenced is Decatur’s access to the rest of the world, both domestically and internationally. This access is facilitated by Decatur’s centralized geography coupled with the connectivity of three Class I railroads, along with five major highways and an airport capable of handling wide-body aircraft.
Larry Altenbaumer, Interim President of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County, joined representatives from ADM in conducting the tour of the intermodal facility. He commented, “Efficient, cost-effective, non-congested access continues to increase in importance. This along with access to a qualified local work force supported by technical training resources further differentiates Decatur as an ideal location for a great variety of businesses.”
The tour was organized by the Champaign Economic Development Corporation. The group’s Deputy Director, Erik Kotewa, indicated that the tour provided an opportunity for participants to better understand the benefits of the Midwest Inland Port as a way to save money and to grow their businesses.
Visitors also included representatives from Coles, DeWitt, McLean, Peoria and Sangamon counties.
DECATUR– Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port was recognized as one of the state’s top economic development projects at the Illinois Chamber’s Annual Meeting held in Chicago on June 26. The Economic Development in Illinois (Edie) Award is given jointly by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council to recognize significant economic development projects finished in the prior year throughout Illinois.
“These are six examples of companies that are investing or reinvesting in our state and creating jobs,” said Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “These companies and local economic development teams are in the trenches across the state, creating jobs and investing in our communities,” said Steve Warren, Senior Business Development Director at Ameren and current Chairman of the Illinois Development Council.
The Midwest Inland Port was nominated by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce and was one of six projects recognized at this year’s award ceremony. Receiving the award on behalf of the Midwest Inland Port were Larry Altenbaumer, Interim President of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County, and Mark Schweitzer, ADM’s Managing Director of Intermodal and Container Freight.
“I continue to believe that the Midwest Inland Port is the most significant economic development opportunity this region has seen in the past fifty years,” said Larry Altenbaumer. “This will be a major benefit for all of central Illinois, and we have just scratched the surface of its full potential.”
“Every day we have discussions with additional companies and organizations who recognize the unique capabilities we have with the Midwest Inland Port,” added Mark Schweitzer. “The independent connection of three Class I railroads, Decatur’s centralized geography and our access to the interstate highway system provide us with the unparalleled capability to reach any customer in any place at any time- domestically and internationally.”
The Edie Award is given annually to honor those who imagine, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities.
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