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Ports Authority: Inland Port Construction On Schedule

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Construction at the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer is on schedule. Friday, leaders gave an update on the progress.

"In less than 3 months from now, we'll actually have the facility open," said Allison Skipper of the South Carolina Ports Authority.

In March, crews broke ground at the site. In April, rail track was delivered. By May, a settlement with Nordic Cold Storage was reached to buy out its lease and move from the property.

This summer, paving and construction will continue. The port is scheduled to open at the beginning of September.

The Inland Port will move goods by rail from the Upstate to the Port of Charleston and back.

The future hub has also brought jobs in construction and about 25 jobs for the Ports Authority itself.

7 On Your Side asked what to expect for jobs to come from spin-off opportunities. Skipper points to other inland ports as examples.

"I think there are about 8,000 jobs in Virginia that came about because of their inland port, so we're hopeful that will create a similar impact for the Upstate," she explained.

Leaders say the Upstate region is home to the largest concentration of port users in South Carolina. They say the location between Charlotte and Atlanta on I-85 is ideal.

It's too early to tell the full economic impact but the reputation of the upstate as a distribution hub is creating a lot of buzz, says Reno Deaton, Executive Director of the Greer Development Corporation.

"There's been a lot of interest in this project," said Deaton. "Folks have been following it with a really close eye. I think we've seen a few good leads and we'll see many more as the project gets further on."



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