Friday, September 15, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
360 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus, Clark 507
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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Samantha Spiewak 
Massachusetts Economic Development Council 

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Enabling the Blue Economy:      Stories & Case Studies 

MEDC will be holding its 2017 Fall Conference at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world's leading independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration and education.


The event program is focused on the Blue Economy Project, a regional initiative to promote and sustain  a maritime focused economy on Cape Cod, the islands and southeastern MA, and funded through a grant from the Baker-Polito Administration's Seaport Economic Council.

9:00am Coffee, Networking & Registration

9:30am Welcome

9:45am Overview of Blue Economy

Chris Adams, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

10:30am Panel 1: Enabling the Blue Economy - will include panelists from Business, Education, Research & Science, and Government. 

Dr. Jim Bellingham, Woods Hole Center for Marine Biotics

Captain Michael Burns Jr., MA Martime Academy

Todd Graham, Hydroid

Leslie Richardson, Cape Cod Commission

11:30am Panel 2: Blue Economy Stories & Case Studies - will include panelists from blue economy companies and institutions. 

Rob Doane, Aquacultural Research Corporation (ARC)

Chad Hunter, Town of Plymouth

Murray Scudder, Hy-Line Cruises

Toby Stapleton, UMass Dartmouth

12:30pm Luncheon 

1:00pm Keynote Speaker: Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development and Co-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council

The conference will be held at WHOI's Clark Building on its Quissett Campus and hosted by the WHOI Center for Marine Robotics.  An optional tour of WHOI's Ocean Observing Initiative adjacent to the meeting location will immediately follow the program's conclusion (around 1:30pm).