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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, 07:02 AM
 
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If a city/metro had an available deep-water port and could choose between building a large commercial port or a large Naval port, which is the smarter choice? Which would bring the most jobs and which would bring the highest paying jobs? Which pumps more money into the local economy? Which gives the city more clout, a major container port or a Naval port?

I'm think of cities like San Diego (and Honolulu?) that have a lot of military port facilities, but little activity in terms of trade and container traffic versus places like Hampton Roads, Jacksonville, and the Puget Sound area that are strong in both. And then of course you have the main commercial port cities like L.A. and New York that don't have a major naval presence. Of the three categories, which do you think get the most out of their ports?

I understand that Honolulu could never really be a major container port, but just imagine that it were possible.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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well, a Naval base could lead to other development. Take the New London CT area. They have the base there, and Electric Boat has a facility there to build the submarines, providing lots of high paid jobs.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Commercial port!

The biggest cities are driven by commerce.
NY, LA, Chicago, Houston and Philly do a lot of port activity. Also, other top ten metros such as DFW, and Atl are also fueled by inland port activity.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Commercial port and its not even close. That brings port jobs, truck driver jobs, warehouse jobs, rail jobs, construction jobs, and on and on. There's much less trickle down with a naval port unless they are also building ships like in Virginia.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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I would think commerical port would have a much larger economic impact. Plus military bases are always subject to closure.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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To me a large commercial port is probably best but it really depends on the area (Look at Newport News VA and San Diego)

In Philly the old Navy yard is becoming commercial

PlanPhilly | Navy Yard unveils updated master plan, celebrates 10K jobs milestone
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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A commercial seaport has far greater flexibility and diversity than a naval base, so I'd have to say a commercial port has more benefit.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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A Navy base is more patriotic, and the government keeps putting money into it. But it pays no taxes and of necessity has a transient population. The amount the Navy pays for schooling seldom covers the cost of educating the children on base.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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A Navy base is an asset for sure, but not like a really good commercial port is. Not only does it provide all the benefits 2easy said, it's also a piece of infrastructure that's going to help a city foster industries that might want to be near a port, like manufacturers that need to import materials from overseas. Its utility is beyond doubt.
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A naval base brings jobs to keep up the base and support the sailors at the base. A commercial port brings jobs as well as gives an additional commercial and industrial benefit as well.
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