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Georgia leaders support Savannah port expansion in President Trump's budget proposal

GEORGIA (WJBF) - Many Georgia leaders and elected officials are praising President Trump's recommendation to fully fund the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in 2020.

On Tuesday, Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue as well as Congressman Buddy Carter announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recommendation of $130.28 million in federal funds to keep SHEP on track for completion in 2022.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp: “Thanks to the hard work of Senator Isakson, Senator Perdue, and Congressman Buddy Carter, the expansion of the Savannah Port is fully-funded and on schedule. With record-breaking exports and trade, Georgia and the Savannah Port are true economic engines of the southeast. I thank President Trump for his continued commitment to the people of Georgia, and I look forward to completion of this project.”

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan: “The Port of Savannah is critical to the continued economic success of our state, region, and nation. Full funding for SHEP will allow Georgia to realize the project’s tremendous benefits without delay. Make no mistake, this exciting announcement is a testament to the commitment, dedication, and hard work of Georgia’s Senators, Congressmen, and Ports Authority leaders.”

Savannah Mayor Eddie W. DeLoach: “I would like to thank Senators Perdue and Isakson and Congressman Carter for their hard work to make sure the Savannah Harbor Deepening Project has been fully funded. This project will allow the Georgia Ports Authority to continue to be a major driving force in our local economy. We know it will lead to many years of continued economic growth and countless new jobs for Savannah and the Coastal Empire.” 

Georgia Ports Authority Chairman: “It is extremely gratifying to see the unwavering support of the president toward completing this critical national infrastructure project. Funding at this level, which represents full capability for the coming year, ensures that the project remains on schedule and that the United States will soon benefit from the substantial return on investment that the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project represents.” – Jimmy Allgood, Chairman of the Board, Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director: “We are profoundly grateful for the extensive efforts of Senators Perdue and Isakson, Congressman Carter, the entire Georgia congressional delegation and Governor Brian Kemp to see this project through. The collective effort of Georgia has made our ports global leaders in trade and job creation, not only for our state but for the nation as a whole.” – Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Department of Economic Development: “The Port of Savannah is one of our state’s greatest economic development assets. Georgia’s large and small businesses benefit immensely from the connectivity that our ports provide. The Port of Savannah serves as a gateway to the world by facilitating trade and keeping commerce moving.” – Pat Wilson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Savannah Economic Development Authority: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' recommendation of $130 million in the 2020 budget for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is fantastic news for Savannah, our region, the state of Georgia and the Southeast. The deepening of the Savannah Harbor is critical to our continued economic growth and we would be remiss if we did not thank Governor Brian Kemp, U.S. Representative Buddy Carter and U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue as well as the Georgia Ports Authority staff and former Governor Nathan Deal for their tireless efforts to see this project come to fruition and for the latest efforts to keep SHEP on track to be completed.” – Trip Tollison, President & CEO, Savannah Economic Development Authority

 Georgia Municipal Association: “We’re pleased that the funding for the Savannah Port expansion is going to be included in the 2020 budget. Infrastructure funding is a critical need, and this project in particular is important to all Georgia’s cities as it will allow for continued economic growth in our state. GMA supported the expansion project when it was first proposed and we’re glad to see the federal government continuing to support it financially as well.” – Larry Hanson, Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association

Association County Commissioners of Georgia: “People in every Georgia county and in places across much of the United States benefit from the economic activity transacted through the port at Savannah. Securing funding in the FY 2020 budget to continue the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is not only wise, but is a phenomenal investment in the future of Georgia and the United States.” – Dave Wills, Executive Director, Association County Commissioners of Georgia.


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