The Obama administration snubbed the Port of Savannah on Tuesday in its annual budget request, signaling a delay for the groundbreaking of the state’s top economic development priority and drawing the ire of political leaders.
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Though it’s nearly 250 miles southeast of Atlanta, Savannah’s port helps power the metro region’s economy. Goods flow from the port through metro Atlanta distribution centers, and the ports of Savannah and Brunswick together support 100,000 metro Atlanta jobs, according the University of Georgia. Project backers say the deepening will keep Savannah competitive with rival ports that also are expanding. Skeptics question the need for the deepening or its purported benefits.