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Nov. 24 - Additional Funding Approved to Advance Savannah Harbor Expansion

Category: Savannah Area Business News

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
November 24, 2018 -  Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Buddy Carter shared in a press release that they have secured additional federal funding to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) on track in 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its fiscal year 2019 work plan, which includes $52.12 million in additional funds for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. This additional funding, combined with the President Trump’s original budget request of $49 million, brings the total fiscal year 2019 federal funding for SHEP to roughly $101 million, which will keep the economic development project on track
“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that the federal government adequately funds the deepening of the Port of Savannah to maintain the incredible growth it has experienced,” said Isakson. “With this announcement, President Trump is delivering for Georgia in a big way, and I’m grateful to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for their continued commitment to this vital infrastructure project. Our commitment is unwavering, and we will keep pressing until the job is complete.”
In December 2017, the entire Georgia Congressional delegation called on the administration to include critical funding for SHEP in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request.In June  2018, Isakson, Perdue and Carter secured full federal funding for SHEP for the first time at the federal level.
“Once again, President Trump and Director Mulvaney have demonstrated the national significance of adequately funding SHEP and maintaining the project’s timeline,” said Carter. “With this commitment, we are one step closer to realizing the full economic impact expanding our harbor will have on the nation and the world. We will continue fighting for this federal support to keep the project moving forward and on time until it becomes a reality.”

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