“Today is about unleashing the incredible potential of the Illinois economy,” Governor Bruce Rauner told civic and business leaders at Richland Community College. “Decatur is an incredible community that can be, should be, will be booming in future years.”
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The Midwest Inland Port is connecting the world to Decatur. Three of the US’s seven major Class 1 railroads now run through Decatur. Decatur also allows access to the rest of the country through its highways and airport. ADM’s managing director of intermodal and international freight, Mark Schweitzer, said, “We have the ability to go east or west and reach any customer, anywhere, anytime. We have a competitive advantage in Central Illinois.” To find out more about how the Midwest Inland Port is benefiting Decatur, you can read the full article in the Herald & Review.
Decatur is continually recognized as a Top City for global trade:
Decatur, a city of 113,000, is a central-Illinois trade hub. Caterpillar exports mining machines and ADM ships agricultural products globally. Mitsubishi, Union Iron, PPG and Rural King added to Decatur’s 11.7 percent of Illinois’ 2011 exports. Craig Coil, president and CEO of Decatur’s Economic Development Council, attributes the region’s success to its new “Midwest inland port, a vast rail yard with intermodal capabilities, shipping anywhere economically and fast.” Equidistant from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, Decatur is poised to warehouse and export goods, bypassing its larger Midwest neighbors. (MP)
Read the full article at Global Trade Magazine.