ATLANTA — The soon-to-be-expanded Port of Savannah gets a boost as the nation’s fastest-growing port from three entities helping additional businesses to sell overseas that have won national recognition.
The Savannah port is one of the few major ports in the country with balanced trade, exporting as much as it imports. Most bring far more into the country than they ship out.
The U.S. Department of Commerce honored one state agency, a regional business group and a unique publication last month with its E Award for providing service and assistance to exporters. A pair of Georgia companies also won recognition for the goods they ship to foreign buyers.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker notes that President John Kennedy initiated the awards in 1962 to encourage activity that strengthens the U.S. economy.
“By selling made-in-America goods and services internationally, U.S. business can grow faster, hire more employees, pay higher wages, and help spread American ideas, innovation and values,” she said.
Last year, U.S. exports of a record $2.3 trillion supported 11.3 million jobs. In Georgia, exports of $37.6 billion by 14,500 companies resulted in 228,000 jobs, making the state the 11th biggest in the dollar value of shipments.
One of the entities Pritzker honored was the Georgia Department of Economic Development which received an E Star Award for building on its original E Award. It was the second E Star for the state agency.  

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