Georgia’s waterways and ports support 72,850 jobs and contribute $11.8 billion to the state’s economy, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber published a one-page fact sheet for each of the 50 states highlighting the importance of marine freight transportation to supply chains and overall economic vitality.
The report urges Congress to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, which members of the Georgia delegation are counting on to inject additional federal funds into the planned deepening of the Port of Savannah.
“[The bill] would kick-start strategic investment in ports and waterways in Georgia and across the country, increase American competitiveness and, in the process, create jobs both nationally and across the Peach State,” said Janet Kavinoky, the chamber’s executive director of transportation and infrastructure.
“A failure to invest in our nation’s waterways will drive up transportation costs and increase prices for businesses and consumers.”