VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Lowndes County's Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter hopes to make Valdosta one of Georgia's newest inland ports.
Slaughter said the city and county's proximity to major interstates as well as its rail system and Valdosta's continued growth as a logistics hub make it an ideal candidate.
County commissioners met with area state lawmakers last week to discuss the possibility. "We wanna look at every option that we may have out there, and certainly an inland port and logistics distribution for inter modal and truck traffic would be a big plus for this community," Chairman Slaughter emphasized.
Cordele has already been designated as an inland port. Currently, the state plans to create five more inland port districts, but as of November 24th, no areas had been officially selected. Though, Slaughter said the idea of making Valdosta an inland port is one that he will continue to discuss with area state representatives until an official decision is made.
"My plan is to continue to talk about it and continue to discuss it with the delegation until they tell me no," Slaughter explained.
Representatives Amy Carter, Ellis Black, Dexter Sharper, and Representative-Elect John Corbit were among those who took part in the discussion last week.