Efforts Continue toward Inland Port Designation for Lowndes

| November 25, 2014

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VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Commissioners and state lawmakers are continuing efforts to have Lowndes County/Valdosta designated as an Inland Port.

Other communities in Georgia are working to earn this designation.  Cordele is one of 5 inland ports the state plans to designate as Inland Port Districts and the only one named to date.

The designation would help make Valdosta a distribution and logistics center for intermodal logistics traffic.  Intermodal logistics involves the movement of ship containers directly from ship to truck or train and then to points further inland for further logistical distribution.

Local officials believe Lowndes County’s location at or near major transportation lines such as rail and interstate gives it a unique position as an Inland Port.

This effort involves not only local Lowndes and Valdosta officials, but locally elected state officials as well, including Amy Carter, Ellis Black, Dexter Sharper and newly elected John Corbett.  Discussions within this group took place last week.  Efforts will continue.

As of this time, the state has only designated Cordele as part of this initiative.

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