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The Mid-America Port Commission was established by a three-state compact in 1999. It is the only three-state port compact in the United States. The purpose of the Port is to be a catalyst for regional economic growth by:

  • Assisting tri-state businesses to compete globally
  • Creating both short-term construction jobs and long-term head of household jobs
  • Attracting new businesses and industries to the region by making it an attractive location for logistics


The Mid-America Port Commission encompasses 26 counties in Illinois (11), Missouri (9), and Iowa (6).

Illinois: Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, and Warren Counties

Iowa: Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, Van Buren, and Wapello Counties

Missouri: Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Scotland, and Shelby Counties

The 26-county tri-state area is over 13,000 square miles, with the arteries of the Upper Mississippi and the Illinois rivers running through it. The 26 counties have over 450,000 people who will be served by the Port.


At the time the Compact was made, a study was conducted to identify possible locations in each state in which to develop the physical Port. As a result of the study’s findings, the Board of Commissioners chose the South Quincy Development District location in Illinois as the first site for development.

Land for the Port in the South Quincy Development Area has all been optioned or acquired. Over $12 million in infrastructure is in place including roads, water, sewer, electric and gas utilities. All permits are in place or at the final stage pending identification of the source of funding.


The benefits for Phase One of the Port’s development are significant. As quoted in the analysis done by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs:

…the economic benefits associated with development at the Mid-America Regional Port will extend far beyond Adams County and the state of Illinois. The benefits will be experienced across a large portion of the tri-state region. The intermodal facilities will provide Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri firms access to national and international markets. New and expanded manufacturing operations will bring opportunities to the region by adding value to agricultural commodities heretofore shipped to processing facilities outside the region. The resulting jobs and wealth generated will raise and maintain quality of life for residents throughout tri-state region. Lastly, local and county governments in the area will realize significant annual gains in public revenues through stronger property tax base and increased sales taxes.

  • Create 136 head of household jobs at and near the port
  • Create 367 full and part-time positions in region with over $31 million payroll
  • Create 50 year-long equivalent full-time construction jobs with $4.7 million payroll
  • Provide convenient intermodal access for regional businesses to the most cost effective mode of transportation


  1. Develop a port with intermodal transportation focusing on container on barge
  2. Develop infrastructure to transload dry and liquid products
  3. Provide international barge, rail, truck, and air cargo transportation
  4. Establish a tri-state Foreign Trade Zone