Panel Discusses Leveraging State's Greatest Natural Assest for Economic Growth
Published on May 17, 2010
Rhode Island's economy, and identity, has long been tied to the ocean. Today these historic ties present us with one of our greatest competitive advantages for small economic development. On May 14, four experts from academia, private industry and public sectors spoke at the Grow Smart "Power of Place Summit" and touched on how the state's concentration of world class public and private marine assets are working together to position RI as a leader in meeting our society's most pressing issues.
The panel, who discussed the development of renewable energy sources to homeland security, coastal resource management and climate change, consisted of: David Farmer, Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and STAC Co-Chair; James Miller, Chair of Ocean Engineering at the University of RI; Paul Rich, Chief Development Officer at Deepwater Wind; and Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the RI Coastal Resource Management Council.
The Summit, which was sponsored by Grow Smart RI, offered practical advice on building a new economy through workshops that discussed innovative approaches to transportation, agriculture, design, urban planning, wind and solar energy, regulatory reform and more. The daylong conference attracted hundred of participants from the government and private sectors.