Young spoke at last night’s MLK celebration at Georgia Sothern University. He said one way to end poverty is job creation. He compared south Georgia to Atlanta when development of the Atlanta airport was begun more than 70 years ago. The airport now supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and brings in billions of dollars to the city’s economy.
Instead of heading off to Atlanta or some other big city after graduation, he urged young people stay here and take advantage of benefits expected to come from the expansion of the ports at Savannah which are poised to do the same thing for this area. Young said plans to build the largest port on the East Coast will result in Georgia being a major gateway to import and export goods from countries around the world. In just a few short years ships passing through the Panama Canal will be too large for East Coast ports.
Young said expansion of the Savannah ports or the construction of a major port off the east coast of Georgia will mean expanded opportunities and more jobs as far as a hundred miles from the coast. A similar port off the coast of Nigeria has made Africa’s economy one of the fastest growing in the world.
Young said the creation of jobs will increase opportunities, eliminate poverty and make conditions better for everyone.