DECATUR, IL.–The Midwest Inland Port Strategic Development Coalition (“MIPSDC”) announced Monday that CN, one of three railroads providing rail service to Decatur businesses, has joined the group to provide strategic and marketing support to the development of the Midwest Inland Port.
“Today marks another exciting and significant step forward for the Midwest Inland Port and for all of Central Illinois. The organizations that comprise the Strategic Development Coalition represent a combination of global, national, regional and local perspectives and capabilities that are critical to our ability to realize the full potential of the Midwest Inland Port development,” said Ryan McCrady, President of the Economic Development Corporation.
“We are pleased to join this important coalition and to work with the partners to bolster the supply chain in Decatur and Illinois,” said John Orr, CN’s Senior Vice President, Southern Region.
“We have been working closely with CN for the past year to extend our marketing reach through their international offices and to significantly enhance the rail services and connectivity that can provide significant benefit to our existing and prospective customers. CN has introduced rail connectivity to Decatur from the Canadian ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver in British Columbia, and Montreal, providing direct import lanes that bypass the congested Chicago rail network,” said Larry Altenbaumer, Executive Director of the Midwest Inland Port.
The other members of the Midwest Inland Port Strategic Development Coalition include locally prominent businesses ADM, Ameren Illinois and Decatur Memorial Hospital.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is also a member of this coalition and provides key support to the joint efforts.