- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Gainesville businessman has been picked to serve as chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority board of directors.

Officials say James A. Walters, president of a financial services company that operates in Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, has been chosen as GPA board chairman.

Walters is the former director of First National Bank of Gainesville and is a member of several boards and other organizations.

Outgoing board chairman Robert Jepson says Walters’ background in business and economic development will suit him well in his new role.

Officials say Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Walters to the board in 2012, and he used to serve as the board’s vice chairman.

Walters says his primary goal during his two-year term will be seeing the Savannah harbor expansion project through to final authorization.


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