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Leaders discuss ports at Eggs & Issues

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Georgia Republican Sen. Jack Hill Georgia Republican Sen. Jack Hill

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.

"Effingham County 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.

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