Breakfast brought Effingham
County leaders together Thursday morning for two hours. They discussed the
needs of the community and prioritized them into a legislative agenda that can
be shipped off to Atlanta in January.
Funding for transportation, education, healthcare and
support for economic development were discussed at the Effingham County's
annual Eggs and Issues breakfast, which is hosted by the Effingham County
Chamber of Commerce.
The start of the next Georgia
General Assembly is less than two months away. The top agenda item at Thursday's
Eggs and Issues event was the Port of Savannah.
"Life is not
going to stay the same with the ports of Savannah. Shipping is going to change.
The question is, are we going to change to be ready for an increase in growth,"
said Georgia Republican Sen. Jack Hill.
is right in the middle of all this economic development that can happen as a
result of the increase traffic in the ports both from manufacturing and
exporting out of the port," he said.
Besides playing host
to some major manufacturing companies, Effingham County wants to support the
harbor deepening through infrastructure improvements. That means drivers' commute
could change. The chamber is also pushing to make some improvements to the
Interstate 16-Old River Road interchange.