Modernizing the nation’s marine transportation system can do more than help farmers get their grain to the rest of the world.  It can also create American jobs, increase exports, and inject billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

On average, investment in the marinewaterways-77-years transportation system infrastructure returns more than 10 times to the nation’s economy what is spent.

Did you know, $81 billion of manufactured goods, including computers and electronic products, appliances, and machinery, electrical equipment and clothing are shipped to and from IL through waterways and ports?

Did you know that together, waterways and ports support 48,195 jobs?

Did you know that the average lock system in Illinois carried over 10 million tons of cargo along the Mississippi River every year, and that over 90% of those locks and dams are operating beyond their maximum suggested lifespan.

Waterways and ports help drive Illinois’s economy.

(And in case you don’t watch the news, Illinois needs a boost to their economy BADLY!)


Lindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

Leave a Reply