CHATSWORTH — A new inland port will make Murray County a transportation and manufacturing hub not just for north Georgia, but for a larger multi-state region, said state and local officials Tuesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the Appalachian Regional Port at the Murray County Courthouse, where officials from the state, the Georgia Ports Authority, CSX Transportation and Murray County signed a memorandum of understanding for the new port.
The port will be built on 42 acres of cattle pasture near Crandall just off U.S. 411 near the Petty-Fairy Valley Park.
“This new inland terminal will open the door for economic opportunity and job creation for northwest Georgia and the region,” Deal said. “By providing a direct link to the Port of Savannah, the Appalachian Regional Port will create and expand international markets for businesses and further the economic success of the Southeastern U.S.”
Deal noted that crews have already begun work to deepen the Port of Savannah to handle new super-size cargo ships.
Officials could not immediately say how many people the port will employ, but they said it will make Murray County a transportation and manufacturing hub not just for north Georgia, but for a greater region including parts of Alabama, Tennessee and even ...