Appalachian Regional Port

Workers use a rubber tire gantry to load containers onto a train at the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth after its August grand opening. 

A state agency’s annual logistics conference in Cartersville March 14 will focus on the increased role northwest Georgia will play in future freight movement through the region to Savannah’s port.

Its focus will include the new Appalachian Regional Port, which could change how and where freight flows through Georgia after the 2022 completion of the deepening of its harbor leads to a major increase in imported and exported goods through Savannah’s Atlantic port.

The inaugural Georgia Logistics Summit Regional Forum is set for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will bring an estimated 300 attendees to the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville.

The event’s website stated, “This year’s event will offer industry expertise and best practices on issues specific to the Northwest Georgia region.

“More specifically, our panel of industry experts will offer insight into the Appalachian Regional Port and the concept and realization of Georgia’s inland port strategy.”

The Appalachian Regional Port is a 42-acre intermodal freight terminal operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and served by CSX railroad near Chatsworth.

Area leaders also are hoping it will lead to companies locating in the region for easier access to the inland port’s services.

Among the scheduled speakers at the March 14 forum are Matt Markham, director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics; Pat Wilson, commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Jeff Lewis, Georgia Department of Transportation Board representative, 11th Congressional District; Wesley Barrell, terminal manager, Georgia Ports Authority; and Craig Camuso, regional vice president of State Government Affairs for CSX, the website stated.

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It began hosting the Georgia Logistics Summit in 2009 as an event to bring together all aspects of the logistics industry. It then grew to become one of the Southeast’s most important logistics and supply chain focused events, the release stated.

The Logistics Summit Regional Forum  will replace the Georgia Logistics Summit and be the first regionally-focused event the Center has hosted, a release stated.

Its focus this year will include the impact of the new Appalachian Regional Port which opened in August in Murray County and provides a direct, 388-mile rail route to Savannah’s Garden City Terminal and the Port of Savannah, a news release stated.

The Regional Port has the equipment to load and unload both import and export containers, including three electric rubber-tired gantry cranes with a lift capacity greater than 40 tons that can handle 100,000 container lifts per year, the release said.

It also offers manufacturers the option of storing products being exported in shipping containers at the facility before transport to Savannah.

The March 14 forum is set for the Clarence Brown Conference Center at 5450 Ga. Hwy. 20 in Cartersville.

For more information about the event and registration, visit https://www.galogisticssummit.com/.

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