The Need for Diversification
Savannah is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the middle class, artists, students, and some local merchants because we're seen predominately as a vacation spot with great food and art hub instead of a tech hub.
Albeit marginal, Savannah is undergoing a period of growth. In order to maintain the city's allure, we have to place more emphasis on promoting and supporting high-tech and life-science segments which would attract more people moving here for well-paying jobs. This is difficult to do when Georgia's Minimum Wage is currently $5.15 per hour. This is why I need your help to lobby for an increase in the minimum wage for Chatham County and expanding us as a high tech hub.
We are incredibly fortunate to have our port. As the fourth-busiest and fastest-growing container terminal in the U. S., the Georgia Ports offers a bevy of great paying warehousing, trucking, shipping, rail, steel, lumber, and other freight related jobs. Strengthening those activities and ensuring that jobs stay available demands an all-inclusive strategy for growth addressing everything from zoning to infrastructural development.