FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"The positive impact of trade through the Ports Authority's terminals
is well known and quantifiable," said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr.,
president and chief executive officer of the Ports Authority. "USC
economists have verified our approach in the past. They said we understate
the impacts of the port, not inflate it - 83,000 jobs is a conservative
The LAC report cites the Ports Authority's renowned productivity and notes the 32% gains in land use since 1997, yet calls for more improvements. "It is encouraging that the LAC recognizes the Port of Charleston's efficiency," Groseclose said, "but there is a limit to what we can do with our existing terminals."
The LAC also called for expansion of the Wando Welch Terminal. "We could not agree more with the need for additional space in the Port of Charleston, both now and into the future," said Groseclose.
The report also deals extensively with the Global Gateway project, despite
the fact that applications for this project were withdrawn more than a
Finally, the LAC concludes that a Jasper County site offers a realistic alternative to port expansion on Daniel Island without conducting any studies or analysis. "Jasper is not a substitute for port expansion in Charleston," said Chairman Smith. "They're two separate projects. The possibility of private developers doing something in Jasper County does not fill the need for port expansion in Charleston. They're in different waterways, catering to different customers, with different services."
Now is the time to act on the port expansion compromise, Groseclose noted. "South Carolina's port system is at a crossroads. It is time to send a clear message to the business community, both here and around the world, that we support a strong and competitive Port of Charleston."
For a complete copy of the response, please visit the Ports Authority's website at http://www.scspa.com/community/press_room/lac/lacresponsefinal3-15-02.pdf