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This grant to help boost infrastructure at Hall’s planned inland port
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Gov. Nathan Deal announced the coming inland port to be built at Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in Hall County during a press conference at the Lanier Flight Center Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. - photo by Scott Rogers

Hall County has been awarded a $2 million federal grant for road improvements around the planned Northeast Georgia Inland Port in northeast Hall.

The announcement was made in a press release Thursday, June 10, from Georgia U.S. senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

A document from Ossoff’s office shows the $2 million going toward a total project cost of $5.8 million.

According to Hall County, the project calls for realigning White Sulphur Road, which provides access to Hall County’s Gateway Industrial Centre, where the inland port will be built.

Remaining costs will be financed by a Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grant and either state funding and/or Hall’s special purpose local option sales tax program, officials said.

The anticipated completion date is December 2023.

The federal document also describes how the road infrastructure will also “serve a new heavy equipment research and development facility.” It doesn’t specify the facility.

Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. is building an $85 million engineering and design center on 280 acres at 4275 Simpson Road, across from Gateway Industrial Centre, where the inland park will be built.

The federal document says the $2 million will help create 675 jobs and $185 million in private investment.

“The project will support manufacturing and supply chain efficiencies by improving transport of goods and reducing travel time, distance and exporting costs,” the document says. “Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment and strengthen resiliency within the regional economy.”

In a March interview with The Times, James C. McCurry Jr., the Georgia Ports Authority’s chief administrative officer, said the authority was trying to secure funding to complete the $100 million project.

At the time, the authority was seeking crucial federal Department of Transportation funding.

“Without the federal partnership, we do not have sufficient available resources to proceed with construction,” McCurry said at the time.

He couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.

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