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Mayor Kasim Reed Attends Signing of Partner Project Agreement to Deepen Savannah Harbor

Agreement allows work to begin on Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

Post Date:10/08/2014 12:00 PM
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Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/8/2014

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Attends Signing of Partner Project Agreement to Deepen Savannah Harbor

Agreement allows work to begin on Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed participated in the signing ceremony that marks the official start of work on the deepening of the Savannah Harbor and River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) that will allow the Corp to accept bids and ultimately award the first contracts for the long-awaited Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

“The work to deepen the Port of Savannah can now begin,” said Mayor Reed. “The City of Savannah, Metropolitan Atlanta, and the entire State of Georgia, has moved another step closer to becoming the logistics center of the Western Hemisphere. It is vital that this project gets underway as soon as possible to create well-paying jobs and make us more competitive in the global economy. After nearly two decades of disruption and delay, I am proud to have been part of the bipartisan effort. I'd also like to thank President Obama because we couldn't have got it done without the vital support he gave to this project."

Mayor Reed was joined at the ceremony by Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator Saxby Chambliss, and Colonel Thomas J. Tickner of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The signing of the PPA took place at a Home Depot Direct Fulfillment Center and was emceed by Carol Tomé, Chief Financial Officer for The Home Depot. The PPA allows the U.S. Corps of Engineers to accept bids and award contracts for the $706 million project, and the U.S. Corps expects groundbreaking to occur by the end of the year.

Once deepened, the Savannah Harbor will be able to accommodate larger Post-Panamax II vessels that will start passing through the Panama Canal in 2015. The subsequent increase in cargo container traffic—currently projected at 78% by the U.S. Corps—will lower transportation costs, fuel economic growth, and create thousands of new, high-quality jobs.

The ports of Savannah and Brunswick are already the nation’s fourth busiest, and activity at the ports supports more than 100,000 jobs in Metropolitan Atlanta. In the fiscal year alone, an increase in port activity led to 1,900 new jobs.

Mayor Reed has long worked in a bipartisan fashion to urge Congress to fund the deepening of the Port of Savannah.

Thế giới cáIn July 2012, Mayor Reed praised President Barack Obama for expediting the study of the deepening of the Port of Savannah among several other national and regional infrastructure projects. In November 2013, Mayor Reed traveled to Panama with Vice President Joe Biden and a bipartisan delegation to meet with President Ricardo Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project. That trip followed a September 2013 meeting where Mayor Reed and state leaders joined Vice President Biden at the Port of Savannah to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in the United States to improve America's competitiveness, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economy. President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to authorize the deepening of the Port of Savannah in June 2014.

In June 2011, he traveled to Washington D.C. with Gov. Deal to meet with former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss the importance of the project. In November 2011, Mayor Reed and Gov. Deal traveled to Savannah when the Georgia Ports Authority hosted LaHood during a tour of the port.

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