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Georgia Ports want to more than double container capacity by 2028

Ships are loaded and unloaded in the Port of Savannah. Following years of political wrangling and environmental concerns, the deepening of the Savannah River is one step closer to becoming a reality. Officials argue a deeper port is needed in order for Georgia to remain competitive and accommodate the larger class of ships. AJC 2014 file photo

The state agency that runs the bustling ports in Savannah and Brunswick, seeing continued growth in ocean-bound cargo, is forming a master plan for a 10-year, $2.3 billion expansion of its capacity.

At a conference Monday in Sea Island, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said investments the agency plans will allow the harbors to accommodate 10 million twenty-foot-equivalent units of cargo (TEUs), more than double the record of ne...

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American Lung Association in Georgia to offer ‘quit smoking’ support to residents of public housing

In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s smoke free housing rule requiring all public housing to be smoke free by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Georgia, with support from the Amerigroup Foundation, will offer quit smoking support for residents. Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers wanting to quit access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking.

“While we applaud the new smoke free policy to protect the thousands of Georgia’s public housing residents from secondhand smoke, we also understand that quitting smoking can be difficult for those residents that smoke,” said Atey...

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Georgia Housing Market Strengthens

The latest recession that affected global markets did not leave property values unscathed. It affected property pricing across the entirety of the United States – with some possible exceptions being locations such as Florida which remained largely untouched due to the high demand from retirees and those seeking vacation homes.

However, locations such as areas in Georgia were not so lucky. The financial crisis and the recession left many developers and homeowners with assets that saw a significant drop in value. This was also worsened by the fact that the area had seen enormous growth in new build projects. The result was oversupply and buyers who were struggling to get credit for the purchase of property.

The good news is that Georgia – and in particular Atlanta is now well on the road to ...

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