Georgia Ports Authority
Face of Public Relations
Meet Curtis Foltz – The Georgia Ports Authority today supports more than 369,000 jobs across the state, yielding $20.4 billion in annual income for Georgians. Key to GPA’s success is the Port of Savannah, America’s fastest growing container port, moving 3.66 million twenty-foot container units in FY2015 alone.
“Savannah is a city that appreciates and understands the importance of the maritime trade, from the big distribution center operators to the mom and pop shops on Broughton Street that move cargo through our ports,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Because of the support of the local business community, the GPA is able to thrive and grow responsibly.”
Foltz decided to join the GPA in 2004, in part, because of the area’s strong business community. “From the state of Georgia to the city of Savannah to the local ILA and the direct employees; they get it,” he said. “They work well together toward a common goal of prosperity for Georgia.” Under Foltz’ leadership, the GPA stands out not only in commerce, but also environmental stewardship -- balancing economic growth with a commitment to preserving natural resources, including old growth trees. Upgraded cranes, lighting and equipment reduce fuel consumption. Electric yard cranes cut GPA’s carbon footprint by 96 percent per crane. Savannah’s ship-to-shore cranes capture enough electricity from lowering boxes to power themselves 18 minutes of each hour. “Investing in environmentally friendly technologies tightens our efficiency by lowering operating expenses,” Foltz said. “This is an integral part of our business model.”
“Georgia’s ports are vital to the long-term economic viability and growth of our state and nation, a responsibility that requires GPA to remain on the cutting edge of port services,” he added. “We are constantly reinventing ourselves. The growth we are experiencing in cargo volumes allows us to reinvest into equipment, technology and expanded facilities.” Part of that reinvention is the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which will deepen the river channel to 47 feet at low tide.
“Improving the harbor will preserve GPA’s role as a powerful economic engine for the decades to come – not only for Savannah, but the entire region,” said Foltz.
“In a truly global economy, Georgia’s ports will continue to play a key role
in the state’s future success.”
– Curtis Foltz, Executive Director, GPA
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