Georgia Ports Authority

Economic Development

John Petrino
Director of Business Development

Stacy B. Watson
General Manager, Economic and Industrial Development

As one of the primary forces helping to drive one of the nation’s fastest-growing economies, the success of Georgia’s ports is testimony to the Georgia Ports Authority’s trusted relationship as a strategic partner in our customers' logistics pipeline and site selection process. From manufacturing to large-scale retail import distribution centers, Georgia is riding a wave of success in attracting business and expanding trade opportunities that have a direct impact on companies and communities across 159 counties.

Beyond traditional services offered to the port industry, the Georgia Ports Authority maintains an Economic Development Department providing an array of services with a common objective: to grow business via Georgia’s ports while at the same time further stimulating economic growth in every corner of the state. Whether the goal is attracting new companies to Georgia, promoting a vast inventory of site options for port-related business, assisting with tax incentives (BEST), expanding existing business, assisting with export and import opportunities or applying our vast knowledge of international trade and transportation to meet the needs of our customers, the Georgia Ports Authority is creating opportunities for customers and Georgians alike.

Together with the state’s “pro-port, pro-business” philosophy, the key to the Georgia Ports Authority’s ongoing success is our proven ability to think outside the gates and beyond the berth. We’ve assisted hundreds of companies in and around Georgia’s ports to gain access to 70% of the U.S. population. And, we want to help you do the same as one of the state’s newest corporate citizens. Welcome to Georgia!