Ocean cargo/global logistics: New report says Georgia ports are aiding economic recovery

Port operations help to preserve Georgia’s manufacturing base and foster growth of the state’s massive logistics, distribution and warehousing sectors.

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Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced today the results of a study that confirms Georgia’s deepwater ports continue to be one of the state’s strongest economic engines, fostering the development of virtually every industry.

“I am pleased to report that the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick have maintained and created jobs for Georgia, despite the recent economic downturn,” GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. “The fundamental finding of this study is that the state’s strategic decisions to invest in our two deepwater ports have contributed to substantial economic activity in Georgia.”

The study entitled, “The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Deepwater Ports on Georgia’s Economy in FY2009” reveals, that even during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression, Georgia’s ports sustained jobs and increased its economic impact for the state. The study was conducted by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia based on statistics from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

“The outstanding performance of Georgia’s deepwater ports reflects strong competitive advantages that allowed it to expand its market share,” said GPA’s Chairman of the Board Stephen S. Green. “These advantages are largely the result of strategic investments in port facilities by our state’s leadership”.

According to the study, Georgia’s deepwater ports support 295,422 full- and part-time jobs, which is nearly seven percent of Georgia’s total employment, or 9,000 additional jobs since the last study was conducted in 2006. This means that one job out of every 15 in Georgia is in some way dependent upon its ports.

“These economic impacts demonstrate that continued emphasis on imports and exports through Georgia’s ports translates into jobs, higher incomes, greater production of goods and services and revenue collections for government,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, Director of the Selig Center at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. “As the state and national economies gain momentum, Georgia’s deepwater ports will thrive, generating even more substantial economic impacts in future fiscal years.”

Port operations help to preserve Georgia’s manufacturing base and foster growth of the state’s massive logistics, distribution and warehousing sectors. The ports are especially supportive of the state’s thriving agricultural industry


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Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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