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Inland port in western North Carolina possible PDF Print
Sunday, 25 November 2007 18:00
State legislature is looking into the possibility of building an inland port in western North Carolina, the Associated Press reports.
$100,000 has been allocated by the Legislature for a study in which Western Carolina University will determine the feasibility. The Appalachian Regional Commission is looking at possibilities for an Appalachian network of inland ports and sees the need for a port. In 1970, a million containers a year moved to and from U.S. seaports, officials say. By 2000, that number was closer to 20 million. The Commission estimates 50 million containers will be moving by 2020. Possible economic impact alone makes it a possibility worth exploring. An inland port in northern Virginia added 7,000 jobs to the area. Along with feasibility, researchers will consider where the port could be located.
  
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