The Building of New Cairo Port to Bring New Jobs to Southern Illinois

The building of a new inland port is expected to bring over 500 jobs to the Southern Illinois region. The Alexander Cairo Port District completed a project labor agreement with the Illinois AFL-CIO that guarantees jobs for Illinois union workers. Officials say the Cairo port district represents the best of Rebuild Illinois: investing in not just infrastructure but also jobs and economic prosperity for a region left out for far too long. The new port is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Officials say with the inclusion of this PLA, they know that these well-paying construction jobs will go to state residents, boosting the local economy investing in the region. Officials say, eighty percent of the nation’s inland barge traffic comes through Cairo, and the site is served by three major interstate highways and class 1 rail lines. Back in August,  Governor Pritzker announced that the Rebuild Illinois capital plan would provide $40 million in state funding to build the port. The Port District is securing extra private investment, making it a public-private partnership.

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