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Ports tout growth, push for expansion with Atlanta Chamber
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ATLANTA—Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz addressed business leaders at the second annual Atlanta State of the Port on Friday to discuss the importance of Georgia’s deepwater ports in Savannah and Brunswick to the metro Atlanta area.
“As one of our state’s strongest economic engines, Georgia’s deepwater ports connect our state to the world, generating growth and opportunities for all Georgians,” Foltz said. “I am proud to report the GPA continues to maintain and create jobs for Georgia, even during times of economic uncertainty.”
The GPA handled more than 2.63 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in FY2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010), which was an increase of 9.7 percent compared with the previous fiscal year. Overall, the GPA posted its best year ever for exports in FY2010. 
“The strengths of Georgia’s regional economies create many opportunities for our state,” said Georgia Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer George Israel. “The diversity provided by regions like Metro Atlanta drive growth in a good economy and reduce the impacts of a recession.”
During Foltz’s presentation, he released a new FY2010 cargo value report for Metro Atlanta, which showed more than $8 billion was shipped through the Port of Savannah. This means significant business, economic opportunity and jobs for the local economy. Fulton County led the state in the new report with an estimated value of more than $3.3 billion. The top five counties in Metro Atlanta by cargo value include: 
Fulton $3,335,921,434
Cobb $1,310,200,656
Gwinnett $1,134,520,760
DeKalb $ 764,537,352
Clayton $ 266,452,338
For the complete story see Tuesday's editon of the Herald.