SC ports Newsome: Growing business main challenge

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It's been a busy two years for the president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

Jim Newsome has worked to get funding for a study of deepening the Charleston Harbor, watched on-again, off-again efforts with Georgia in building a joint port on the Savannah River and dealt with controversy over Charleston's expanded cruise industry.

But Newsome, who arrived in the summer of 2009, says his main concern now, and from the time he started, is growing the business of the Charleston port.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Newsome said the authority had lost some of its competitiveness and fell behind other East Coast ports. But he says that competitiveness is back now and the authority is working to expand its business in all areas.

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