November Luncheon | State of the Port

    November 18, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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    Discovery Partners Institute (Formerly The Illini Center)
    200 S. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60606


    The Port of Chicago brings world markets to Chicago’s doorstep and Chicago’s and Illinois’ products to the world.

    Mr. Harris will present the “State of the Port” to Chicago Farmers.

    Founded at the mouth of what is now the Chicago River on Lake Michigan by an 18th century fur trapper named Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chicago has a long history as a center of commercial shipping. With the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1848, creating an unbroken inland waterway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, shipping in Chicago expanded.  Regularly scheduled overseas shipping service was established in 1935 and in 1951, the General Assembly created the Chicago Regional Port District.  Since 1979 the Iroquois Landing Terminal has always been regarded as the finest deep draft and shallow draft terminal on the Great Lakes and inland river system with unparalleled access by ocean, lake and river vessels.  Today, the Illinois International Port moves more general cargo than any other port on the Great Lakes, with an annual total (waterborne) tonnage of over 19 million tons, maintaining Chicago’s place among the top 36 ports in the nation.  The goods, products, natural resources and finished goods are shipped via the Port throughout the world and are received from all corners of the globe.


    Clayton Harris III has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois International Port District since 2016.  He has a depth of knowledge and experience in transportation and infrastructure.  Clayton was formerly assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, Chief of Staff at IDOT, Deputy Chief of Staff over infrastructure for Illinois, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Illinois and most recently the Director of Government Affairs for the Midwest United States with CH2M HILL, a global engineering design/build consulting firm.



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