St. Louis Port Authority

The Port Authority of the City of St. Louis supports economic development in the City’s 6,000-acre Port District, which lies along the City’s 19 miles of Mississippi River frontage. In addition to managing leases for City-owned property in this area, the Authority works with shipping stakeholders across the bi-state area to promote regional commerce.

Director of Port Business Development

Susan Taylor, 314.657.3740,
  • Marketing and Business Development
    • Creates new and participates in ongoing redevelopment projects across the Port District.
    • Works with St. Louis Regional Freightway (, Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals (, Missouri Port Authorities Assn (, Inland Marine Expo (, the US Army Corps, and others to promote regional shipping.
    • Attends and staffs the Mayor at Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative ( events.
  • Lease Management
    • Develops new leases in the Port District.
    • Resolves issues with existing Port District leases.
  • Financing
    • Writes state and federal grant apps for Port District infrastructure and planning projects.
    • Developing state Advanced Industrial Manufacturing Zone across entire Port District.
    • Manages Port District bond activities.
  • Municipal River Terminal (MRT)
    • Works with long-term operator, SCF Lewis and Clark Terminals (, to continually upgrade the facility and market its options to national and international shipping interests.
    • Plans and manages MRT construction projects; coordinates engineering participation of City's Board of Public Service (BPS).

Port Operations Manager

Nick Nichols, 314.657.3744,

  • Processes lease agreements and renewals in the Port District; works with the Port Authority Commission, the City's Board of Alderman, the City's Board of Estimate and Apportionment, and BPS as needed.
  • Manages Arch vendor contracts.
  • Coordinates permits and levee clean-up for cruiseboat mooring with the City's Street Department.
  • Prepares documents required for monthly meetings of the Port Authority Commission.

Current Projects by SLDC and the St. Louis Port Authority

Municipal River Terminal Rail Improvements: Construction Contract, 2017

  • Project Cost: TBD
  • Project Schedule: construction documents nearing completion; tentatively out for bid early September, 2017

Municipal River Terminal Rail Improvements: Engineering Contract, 2016-2017

  • Project Cost: $357K
  • Project Engineers: Jacobs; subconsultant: ABNA
  • Project Scope: technical plans/specs for site grading and drainage plan, floodwall gate improvements
  • Project Schedule: ongoing

Municipal River Terminal Rail Access Plan, 2016-2017

  • Project Cost: $43,567
  • Project Engineer: Design Nine
  • Project Schedule: ongoing

Lease Comps Study, 2017

  • Project Cost: $24,000
  • Project Consultant: Informa Economics IEG
  • Project Schedule: nearing completion

US Maritime Administration Planning Project, 2016-2017

  • Project Cost: $120K
  • Grant Applicant: St. Louis Port Authority; Grant Partners: Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals, Upper Mississippi River Basin, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative
  • Project Schedule: Funding Agreement being negotiated

Warehouse Upgrade Project, 2016

  • Project Cost: $466K
  • Contractor: Raineri Construction
  • Complete

Fleeting Areas

View of south riverfront looking north.  From St. Louis, 30-45 barge tows operate downstream and 15-or-fewer barge tows operate upstream.  Fleeting areas, like barge parking lots, allow tows to be reconfigured, depending upon origin and destination of goods.

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Contact Information

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Phone: (314) 657-3740

1520 Market Street , Suite 2000
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

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