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When the Big Ships Come In

Liberty Fellowship to host economic development discussion on South Carolina’s Ports

Source: Liberty Fellowship

Oct 30 2012

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (October 30, 2012) – South Carolina’s public port operations facilitate 260,800 jobs across the state and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year. But how does this compare to other ports on the East Coast? Globally? Where does Charleston stand on the Post 45 Harbor Deepening Project?

Answering those questions and more, Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, will speak to a crowd at the November 5 Liberty Fellowship Engagement Series to be held at The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center in Charleston. The 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM event is free; however, registration is required. 

“Whether we are looking at the harbor deepening project or the infrastructure to support it, our ports are a huge economic factor in this state and thus a point of engagement for Liberty Fellows and other South Carolina leaders,” commented Hayne Hipp, Liberty Fellowship Founder. “We’re excited to offer a platform for collaborative discussion on the topic headlined by a key player in the arena.”

Newsome will provide a backdrop to the discussion with an overview of the Ports Authority’s four strategic priorities — infrastructure development, cargo growth, efficiency and financial sustainability. The second half of the event will be an interactive session covering topics such as

  • competing post Panamax
  • South Carolina's first inland port
  • politics of the Savannah Port dredging project
  • collaboration with private terminals on economic development efforts, etc.

Click here to register.

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Liberty Fellowship is a statewide leadership initiative founded by Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute. Through the Fellow program, Liberty Fellowship seeks to inspire outstanding leadership in South Carolina, empowering the state’s leaders to realize their full potential. Fostering a values-based approach, Liberty Fellowship exposes rising leaders to diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and intellectual and personal development. Liberty Fellowship Forums are open to all South Carolinians and focus on these issues critical to the state: Economic Development, Public Policy, Education, Health and Environment. For more information:  



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