Savannah Gateway -Coastal Georgia Region

Through this event we are honored to showcase the natural assets, leaders and businesses throughout a large portion of Southeast and Coastal Georgia.  Georgia is situated on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the United States and is home to the world’s most efficient passenger airport, two deep-water ports, and the most extensive surface transportation network in the United States.

The Coastal Region, located in Southeast Georgia, boasts a flourishing economy balanced on a strong foundation that includes a thriving port, increasing tourism, agriculture, a stabilizing manufacturing sector and significant military presence.

In addition, the region offers a diverse portfolio of real estate options consisting of developed sites, parks and buildings as well as greenfield property.

The Coastal Region has a low cost of living, little traffic congestion, a year-round climate perfect for recreation, and all the amenities you could dream of for a prosperous, satisfying life. 

The unique coast of Georgia is roughly 100 miles (161 km) and includes 15 barrier islands, four of which (Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea and Tybee) are accessible by car and have become popular resort destinations. The rest of Georgia's islands require transportation by boat and are virtually unspoiled natural escapes.

The Region's Economy

From the invention of the cotton gin on Chatham County's Mulberry Plantation, which led to the Savannah Cotton Exchange being known as the "Wall Street of the South," to the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean — the Savannah — in 1819, the City of Savannah has long been recognized as a location for business.

In fact, today, Georgia is the No. 1 state for doing business according to Site Selection magazine and CNBC for the 5th year in a row. Southern Business & Development magazine called Savannah a “Top Ten Southern Market for Fostering Technology.”

Companies in the Coastal Region flourish thanks, in part, to the superior infrastructure and logistics. In fact, Logistics Today named Savannah "the most logistics friendly city in the nation" three years in a row, and Area Development Magazine named Savannah “Top 5 for Best Cities with Port-related Intermodal Sites.”

The area boasts a variety of thriving industries, from one of the most respected aerospace companies in the world to one of the nation’s most beloved guitar manufacturers. The Region supports these and many other industries thanks to a superior infrastructure, a large and skilled workforce, and invaluable government and community resources.

These industries also support smaller companies, including upscale jazz guitar company Benedetto Guitars, along with longtime local food manufacturers Byrd Cookie Company and Kim's Cheese Straws.

Port of Savannah: A Window to the World

Savannah is home to the Port of Savannah, the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America. Operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and specializing in breakbulk, containers, RoRo, heavy-lift and project cargo, the port is comprised of two modern, deepwater terminals: Ocean Terminal and Garden City Terminal.
The Port of Savannah is the fastest-growing and fourth-busiest port in the nation, with 36 weekly vessel calls, more than any other container terminal on the U.S. East Coast.
In fiscal year 2017, the Georgia Ports Authority moved 33.4 million tons of cargo, 3.8 million 20-foot equivalent containers and more than 600,000 auto and machinery units. 

The Port of Savannah Features:

  • Nine deepwater berths with 9,693 feet of continuous berthing

  • Two Class 1 Railroads on terminal with on-dock rail and line haul services

  • Immediate access to major interstates I-16 and I-95 with 150-plus trucking options

  • An average single move time of 33 minutes and double move time of 54 minutes

  • 146 rubber-tired gantry cranes, 26 ship-to-shore cranes

  • More than 4 million square feet of warehouse space available within 30 miles

  • 2,496 Reefer Rack Slots

  • Largest concentration of import distribution centers on the East Coast

  • On-terminal USCBP inspections at the Garden City Terminal


DEDICATED RO/RO: Colonel’s Island terminal offers three modern Ro/Ro berths and four on-terminal auto processors. We serve more than 60 auto and heavy equipment manufacturers. The GPA board has approved $1.4M for permitting and design for a 4th berth to serve Ro/Ro vessels.

SUPERIOR SERVICE: Brunswick ranks No. 1 for new import vehicles in the U.S. and is the nation’s second busiest port for import and export vehicles.

MORE CAPABILITY: Upgraded roads, bridges, staging areas and rail loading/offloading areas mean all three Colonel’s Island berths are capable of handling project cargo as well as tracked units.

MORE CHOICES: We specialize in non-containerized freight. Mayor’s Point focuses on forest products, while East River Terminal handles a diverse mix of bulk commodities. 

Growth for the Future

In 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project was authorized to begin construction to deepen the harbor to 47 feet through the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. Completion is expected as early as 2020. In addition, the Port of Savannah has 10 Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on order, for a total of 36 cranes. Four will arrive in 2018, and the final six by 2020. Investments are also being made in road and rail improvements in order to increase service to inland markets and strengthen the logistics network across the state.

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Industry in the Region:





Contact Centers

Data Centers


Energy and Environment


Financial Services

Film and Television Production

Food Processing


Information Technology

Life Sciences

Logistics & Transportation



A Few of Coastal Georgia's International Companies:

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours (Ireland)

BASF (Germany)

Caesarstone (Israel)

DIRTT (Canada)

IKEA (Sweden)

JCB, Inc. (U.K.)

Koyo Bearings (Japan)

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (Japan) 

SNF (France)