Georgia's ports are getting set to celebrate 60 years. It was 9th of March 1945 when Gov. Ellis Arnall signed legislation creating the Georgia Ports Authority. That's 60 years ago tomorrow. In recognition, Gov. Sonny Perdue will declare tomorrow Georgia Ports Authority Day in Georgia, heralding double digit growth over the last several years as well the steady growth in Georgia's port-related business.
"So much has occurred during the 60-year period for the Georgia Ports Authority and for Savannah," said Robert Morris with the Georgia Ports Authority. "It's really quite incredible. Just this last fiscal year, we announced that we had moved 16 millions tons of cargo through the Georgia Ports Authority. Back in the late '40s, we moved 200,000 tons."
Gov. Perdue will host port leaders, legislators, and a number of port customers at the governor's mansion in the morning for a 60th anniversary breakfast, with activities planned at the Capitol after that.