Corn Belt Ports Recognized

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The Corn Belt Ports are, collectively, the largest inland port in the nation. Now, they have been officially recognized on the world stage.

This year, the Federal Government created three new Port Statistical Areas, which will put these ports on the principal U.S. ports list for the first time. In addition to acknowledging existing infrastructure, this move will help attract new investment to the region and support economic development opportunities.

Klingner & Associates, P.C. was retained by Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials for the development of an Inland Water Terminal and Foreign Trade Study. The report, completed in 1997, recommended the need for Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri to work together to create a Mid-American Intermodal Port District and three-state commission.

"It has taken 23 years, but we are finally seeing it all come together — and even larger than anticipated, with the geographic expansion to the Quad Cities and Peoria Area," said firm president Mike Klingner. "We are finally on the Map, documenting to the world the importance of the Tri-State area and how it can help other industries grow — providing not only water transportation, but excellent four-lane highways and railroad transportation."

WATCH: WQAD Report on Corn Belt Ports' Federal Recognition

PHOTO  Barges on the Mississippi River at Quincy, IL