The Godfrey Township Board is throwing its support behind a plan to expand the Tri City Regional Port District, also known as America’s Central Port in Granite City. The district is looking at expansion, so it is trying to gather as much support from local township governments now that lawmakers have returned to Springfield for the spring session.
The Port is a special-purpose unit of local government whose general mission is economic development in southwestern Illinois. It has many of the same powers as any municipality in the State, including the right to issue bonds and the power to levy a tax, but the district’s Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer says that has never been an issue in the past.
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Supporters of the plan say the communities that are part of the existing district have seen job creation, pointing to the warehouse district along Interstate 270.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.