Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new inland port agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority to expand shipping services throughout the region.
The agreement Deal signed Wednesday will provide a 200-mile rail route between the Authority's terminal in Savannah to southwest Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
Georgia Ports Authority officials say the deal will help expand markets for regional businesses.
Republican State Rep. Buddy Harden, of Cordele, says the agreement will help expedite shipping because truckers will no longer have to make round trip deliveries from Cordele to Savannah or Brunswick.
Deal says the agreement will efficiently connect businesses throughout the region, and is part of a broader effort to support economic growth.
GPA Director Curtis Folz says the agreement will provide customers with access to 38 weekly shipping services.