Greer 'inland port' may be new SC economic engine

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GREER, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina leaders say a new distribution terminal being built in Greer will help the state's economy grow by linking the port in Charleston to Interstate 85.

The South Carolina Ports Authority held a groundbreaking for its inland port Friday. The $25 million center should open this fall and take containers shipped by rail and act as a distribution point to trucking and air freight companies.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says it links South Carolina's two economic engines - the Charleston port and I-85, while Greer officials called it the biggest economic development news for the region since BMW came two decades ago.

Gov. Nikki Haley says it shows that modern South Carolina can work across regions and doesn't need to concentrate on helping just the Upstate or the Lowcountry.