Inland Port Brings New Jobs
A new inland port has the capability to bring nearly 1,000 jobs to our area.
State and local officials held an information session at the Cannon Center in Greer this afternoon. The $45 million project, which began construction in March, is set to open September 3rd, the day after Labor Day.
Greer officials feel like the port could be a big boon to the Upstate and western North Carolina.
"Based on the interest we've received so far, we have to feel like there would be logistics opportunities, warehouse opportunties, light manufacturing opportunities, just a host of things that would lead to economic development in our community," said Rick Danner, Greer's mayor.
The port will be run by the South Carolina Ports Authority. Costs for the project were also partially covered by Norfolk Southern railroad, who will run the 12-hour train route from the inland port to the Port of Charleston.
The overnight train gives local businesses a direct route to the port for imports and exports of container shipments, a key connection for wooing big businesses to the area. In addition to rail and sea logistics, the inland port is centrally located to air transport at nearby GSP airport and key trucking lines.
"You look at the I-85 corridor, it's the fstest growing region in the Southeast today, and Greer is strateggically located halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte," says Allison Skipper of the South Carolina Ports Authority.