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View Poll Results: Most Beneficial to a City:
Commercial Port 22 91.67%
Naval Port 2 8.33%
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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The Colliers report on metro Houston list the economic impact of the Port of Houston at 178.5B and supporting 1.1M jobs in the state.

I don't think any Naval Base supports close to 1M jobs or has as high an economic impact
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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commercial ports can provide a lot of economic benefit. but that depends. if the port is used primarily for importing goods (ie: walmart) and not a lot of exporting, that would be a net loss for your overall economy, in terms of jobs and foreign currency being shipped overseas. otoh if you are a big exporting nation then commercial ports would be a net economic benefit for you.

I don't think naval bases stimulate much economic activity in relation to their huge expense. they operate at 100% loss and are an overall net drain on the economy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:32 AM
 
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commercial ports can provide a lot of economic benefit. but that depends. if the port is used primarily for importing goods (ie: walmart) and not a lot of exporting, that would be a net loss for your overall economy, in terms of jobs and foreign currency being shipped overseas. otoh if you are a big exporting nation then commercial ports would be a net economic benefit for you.

I don't think naval bases stimulate much economic activity in relation to their huge expense. they operate at 100% loss and are an overall net drain on the economy.
Importing of goods can still positively affect your local city's economy if you're the distribution centre from which all those imported goods are sent to people all around your region. Also good if products are coming in that local industries add value to and then ship inland by freight rail, or if you're importing something essential to fuel your own economy, like food or energy. All that matters is total trade surplus or deficit of a given economy, national or local.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:05 AM
 
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A commercial port will last longer than a naval port, if/when the government collapses.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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If a commercial port is so much more economically viable, then I wonder if a place like San Diego or Hampton Roads would happily kick out the Navy in order to build more commercial facilities if the federal government would ever allow it, but of course that would never happen.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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If a commercial port is so much more economically viable, then I wonder if a place like San Diego or Hampton Roads would happily kick out the Navy in order to build more commercial facilities if the federal government would ever allow it, but of course that would never happen.
You don't bite the hand that feeds you in favor of a promising but not certain hand.

Having a dozen Ports in Mexico to compete with plus long beach, Los Angeles and Seattle ( the number one, two and eighth busiest Ports in the country) means that SD would be throwing away their meal ticket to gamble on an enterprise that may not have much success.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:28 AM
 
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Obviously commercial ports. Think Singapore!
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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Obviously commercial ports. Think Singapore!
You dont have to go that far. Think:
New york/ New Jersey
Los Angeles/ Long Beach
Chicago
Houston
Philadelphia
Miami
New Orleans
Seattle
Savannah.....
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