Three Georgia politicians have written to President Barack Obama urging him to include the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project authorization increase in his budget amendment to Congress. The president’s budget allocated just $1.28 million for the harbor expansion project — which is expected to cost $652 million.
Georgia officials say they're taking a closer look at having state taxpayers pay a larger upfront share to begin deepening the waterway to the bustling Port of Savannah. The federal government's share of the $652 million project is proving tough to get.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the next step for the Savannah harbor deepening is landing an earmark for the funds in the federal budget. Speaking at the Atlanta Press Club Thursday, he said the port is a key part of his bid to make Atlanta the logistics hub for the Western Hemisphere.