SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Ports were in the news this week when President Barack Obama's 2012 federal budget did not include construction funds for the Savannah Harbor Deepening Project.
But in the Coastal Empire, the Garden City Terminal is a daily story. It's one of the largest contributors to the local and regional economy with almost 300,000 jobs created by port-related activity.
"Well, it touches everybody's lives, whether you consume anything, which we all do, or whether you produce goods throughout the state," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "The trucks don't stop delivering goods at the state, they continue to go. So this is a great economic engine."
On THE News at Six, go inside the gates of the facility with part two of a WTOC special assignment "Coming and Going - Behind the Scenes at the Georgia Ports.''
Tim Guidera will look at the who, what and how of America's fourth largest and fastest growing port and how it affects all of our lives.