Oceans of cargo fueling growth in Atlanta (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


KSU economist: Logistics a key driver in Georgia's economic development

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 30, 2017) — If you live near Atlanta or other parts of the Southeast, chances are the shoes you bought from Amazon, the chandelier from Home Depot or the shower curtain from Walmart probably spent at least some of its life at a metro distribution center.

Metro Atlanta’s warehousing industry has boomed in recent years with tens of millions of square feet of new development and thousands of jobs from companies such as UPS, Amazon and traditional retailers.

Roger Tutterow, a Kennesaw State University economist, said that’s big for Georgia, one of the top logistics hubs in the nation.

“One of the cornerstones of the state’s economic development plan is to be a logistics hub for the East Coast,” Tutterow said.

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