Newsome to discuss Dillon Inland Port’s impact on Pee Dee at Florence chamber luncheon

January 28, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – James Newsome, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Ports Authority, will be the guest speaker for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Community Outlook program on March 19 at the Florence Center.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for an opportunity to network. The program will begin at noon.

Newsome was previously president of Hapag-Lloyd (America) Inc., which is part of the world’s fifth-largest ocean shipping company.

More than 500 community and business leaders are expected to attend and listen as Newsome addresses the issue of the impact of the Dillon Inland Port on area business and what it means for growth in the Pee Dee over the next 10 years. He also will discuss how the South Carolina Ports have a $53 billion statewide economic impact.


“This will be a very interesting presentation, since so many do not have a complete understanding as to what the Inland Port is all about and why it is so important to the region,” said Mike Miller, president of the Greater Florence Chamber.

Tickets to the luncheon event are available by calling 843-665-0515 or visiting flochamber.com and clicking on events.