Mon., June 24, 2013 4:05pm (EDT)

Jasper Port Inches Ahead
By Associated Press
Updated: 10 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
The Georgia Port of Savannah is just upstream from the proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal.  (photo Orlando Montoya)
The Georgia Port of Savannah is just upstream from the proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal. (photo Orlando Montoya)
Georgia and South Carolina will spend $748,000 in the coming year to move forward with a proposed joint shipping terminal on the Savannah River, but local officials hungry for the jobs a new port would create complain the neighboring states are dragging their feet.

The board overseeing the $3.3 billion project approved just enough funding Monday for additional studies and consulting work in the coming fiscal year.

That's after an economic analysis concluded a shipping terminal based in Jasper County, S.C., downriver from Savannah would have a net value of $1.2 billion by 2040.

Jasper County officials say the numbers justify going ahead and seeking permits to build the terminal, which would cost about $2 million a year.

The board put that step off for at least a year.