“Congratulations on the Grand Opening of the new Corn Belt Ports Regional Office in Peoria Thursday! Great things are happening in the 105th District!” – Rep. Dennis Tipsword
From a Corn Belt Ports Press Release:
The office is one of four Corn Belt Ports Regional Offices on the Upper Mississippi River System. The office will also house the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District and the newly established Illinois Waterway Ports
Since its inception in 2019, Corn Belt Ports has served as a unifying force and has played a pivotal
role in supporting regional economic development while expanding support for sustainable
waterborne commerce along the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway. Its coordinating
efforts are responsible for establishing four federally recognized Ports, which combined handle
nearly 100 million tons of freight annually, propping up our agricultural supply chain.
In 2023, legislation to establish the ten-county Illinois Waterway Ports Commission was passed
unanimously by the Illinois legislature and signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker.