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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 12:00pm

Savannah Mayor Urges Obama To Help Deepen Port

Updated: 2 years ago.
Georgia port officials say the Savannah River needs to be six feet deeper to accommodate supersized cargo ships expected via an expanded Panama Canal in 2014.

Savannah's mayor says she got to lobby President Barack Obama for his support on deepening the city's bustling seaport.

Mayor Edna Jackson was among 14 city leaders who met with Obama on Monday in Washington, where they're attending a conference of the National League of Cities.

Jackson says the meeting gave her a chance to tell Obama that Savannah needs a deeper harbor in order to add jobs at its container port, the fourth-busiest in the U.S.

Georgia port officials say the Savannah River needs to be six feet deeper to accommodate supersized cargo ships expected via an expanded Panama Canal in 2014.

Obama included $2.8 million for the project in his proposed budget last month, a figure far short of the $105 million Georgia officials had hoped to receive.

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