Southwest Georgia's inland port will start shipping containers to the seaport of Savannah beginning in late October.
That's the word from officials in Cordele, the center of a multi-county region that's expected to gain thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue once the port is fully operational.
Bruce Drennan of the Cordele-Crisp County Development Council says, the first jobs should be filled next month.
"We think it's going to generate benefits right away for us, probably about a hundred jobs at this interim site," Drennan says. "The main thing it's going to do for us is actually showing everyone that we actually can ship containers out of here."
Work is still underway on a permanent inland port near Interstate-75.
Georgia officials have been working for about seven years on the inland port, which will give shippers an option of linking Southwest Georgia to the Savannah port.