(KPLR) – Granite City had a very special guest Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden stopped there to talk about jobs and economic growth.
The Vice President visited America’s Central Port just off Route 3. He started speaking around 12:30pm Wednesday. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Biden, as well as former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The Granite City port is the region’s only full service port with access to rail, highway and river traffic. It sits on 1,200 acres and has more than 70 tenants. More than 900 people work in the complex.
Biden’s visit coincides with the 5th anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Obama administration says that $830 billion stimulus package was critical to helping the country recover from the recession.
America’s Central Port directly benefited from Recovery Act funds. Officials say $14.5 million was used to help fund a new project at the port. Biden highlighted the need for continued investment in infrastructure, like what happened in Granite City, to create jobs and grow the economy.