State of Georgia, JDA purchases over 2,200-acre development site in Bryan County

*(Office of Governor Bryan Kemp)
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 3:20 PM EDT
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that the State of Georgia and the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Join Development Authority (JDA) have been authorized to purchase a 2,284-acre development site in Bryan County.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, the purchase of the Bryan County Mega-Site is the largest in state history.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and members of the JDA, which includes Bryan County, Bulloch County, Chatham County, and Effingham County, were at the State Capitol on Monday to mark the occasion.

“As the top state for business, we remain focused on continuing to provide the project sites needed to attract more key industries and investment,” said Governor Kemp in a prepared statement. “It is very encouraging to see a new, fully prepared mega-site come online that will create more high-quality jobs for hardworking Georgians. The regional approach between local governments - in coordination with the Georgia Ports Authority and the Department of Economic Development - continues to make doing business in the Peach State easier and more attractive to companies around the world. I am thankful to Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, and Effingham counties for their partnership on this project.”

The site is located off I-16 near US Highway 280 exit.

“The Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority has been focused on the Bryan County Mega-Site for the last six years, and we are excited that the property will now be owned by the Savannah JDA. With more than 2,000 acres, rail that runs along the property line and immediate access to interstates 16 and 95 and the Port of Savannah, this site is the premier mega-site in the state of Georgia and the Southeast,” said Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority Chairman Carter Infinger in a prepared statement.

While the focus was on the massive vessel arriving at the Port of Savannah on Wednesday, leaders at the Georgia Ports Authority say the benefits are visible in other areas like Amazon’s fulfillment center and even the Bryan County Mega-Site purchase.

“The reason those sites help us bring bigger ships is because that’s where the cargo will go to eventually and the customers, the end customer, the developers and the 3PL’s and the big box retailers they want sites like amazon where they can build massive facilities. We still have that, and we can still offer that today and that’s why we’re in a growth period in Savannah and in Georgia,” GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said.

He says these sites speak volumes about what our area means for businesses and will help ensure Georgia is the number one state to do business.

While big things are happening, Port of Savannah leaders continue to seek more. They ordered additional equipment and began construction to expand the port to better serve large vessels like the Marco Polo in the future.

Proceeds from the sale of the Chatham County Economic Development Site, recently purchased by Amazon for a new major distribution facility, will be used for the purchase of the Bryan County Mega-Site.

Located in a military zone, the site includes three parcels: The Mock Tract, Samwilka Inc. Tract and the Butler Tract, LLC.

The sale of the property is expected to close on or before July 31, 2021.

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