August 31, 2023 8:00am-3:30pm

Illinois Waterway Ports Commission Inaugural Annual Meeting

About the Event

The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District (HIRPD) warmly invites you to the inaugural Illinois Waterway Ports Commission meeting.

Date: August 31, 2023
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, with Virtual Option available.


This meeting, the first since the State’s recognition of the Illinois Waterway Ports Commission, aims to share information amongst stakeholders, network, and help build a common unified vision for the ILWW Ports.


  • Morning Session:
    • 8:00-8:45 Registration
    • 8:15-9:00 Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00-11:45 Welcomes, Keynote Speaker, Federal Updates
  • Networking Lunch:
    • 11:45-1:00 Lunch Buffet Provided
  • Afternoon Session:
    • 1:00-3:30 Upper Mississippi River Basin Planning, State Updates, Regional Planning Agencies, Economic Development Organization, Other Stakeholder Presentations
    • 3:30 Closing Remarks

(Full agenda details can be found here.)


Please confirm your attendance if you are attending in person by August 25, 2023, by emailing chris.smith@ilwwports.com or anshu.singh@cornbeltports.com.

Your participation in this landmark event will contribute greatly to the critical juncture in our region’s development. Engage with esteemed leaders and experts to shape the future of the ILWW Ports.

About the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District: The HIRPD is the lead coordinating port for the newly created Illinois Waterway Ports Commission, one of the four regional multimodal Corn Belt Ports. Collectively, these ports handled nearly 100 million tons of freight in the last annual report.

We eagerly anticipate your presence as we collectively advance our goals for the Illinois Waterway Ports.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

222 SW Washington St

Peoria, Illinois 61602


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