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Bruce Smith, Associated Press
In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 photo, Jim Newsome, the president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, poses outside the agency's headquarters in Charleston, S.C. In more than two years as CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, Newsome has worked to get funding to deepen the Charleston Harbor shipping channel, watched the on-again, off-again talks with Georgia over building a joint port on the Savannah River and dealt with controversy, and a lawsuit, over Charleston's expanded cruise industry.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It's been a busy two years for the president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

Jim Newsome has worked to get funding for a study of deepening the Charleston Harbor, watched on-again, off-again efforts with Georgia in building a joint port on the Savannah River and dealt with controversy over Charleston's expanded cruise industry.

But Newsome, who arrived in the summer of 2009, says his main concern now, and from the time he started, is growing the business of the Charleston port.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Newsome said the authority had lost some of its competitiveness and fell behind other East Coast ports. But he says that competitiveness is back now and the authority is working to expand its business in all areas.