Georgia House Speaker David Ralston on Tuesday called the upcoming dredging of the Savannah River harbor the most exciting economic development project of the last 10 years.<br />
Ralston, speaking to the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, said the dredging will allow new, larger container ships coming through the Panama Canal to dock in the Port of Savannah harbor and will give industry more incentive to locate and expand in Georgia.<br />
"I know many of the industries here are already excited about this project because it will give them access to markets worldwide," Ralston said.<br />
Ralston said that more than 230,000 private-sector jobs have been created in Georgia in the last four years, spurred in part by some of the policies enacted by the Georgia General Assembly. He specifically mentioned the eliminated of sales tax on energy used by manufacturers.<br />
"Government cannot create jobs, but government can create an environment condusive to the creation of jobs," the speaker said. "That's what we are trying to do
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