• The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy

    The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy

    The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy 
    This summer, 2021, Innovate Newport will host a program called “The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy.” Each week starting July 8, we will host an in-person event in which an audience can hear from experts in various sectors of The Blue Economy such as marine trades, defense, blue tech, tourism & recreation, offshore wind, and research/education.  
    The speaker series will be held every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (July 8-Aug. 26) in the gymnasium at Innovate Newport. This is a FREE event. Registration is required. 
    Panelists & Registration Links Below: 
    July 8: The Blue Ecosystem  

    • Judith Underwood; CEO of BLUE Institute Labs   
    • Pete Rumsey; Chief Business Development Officer URI Research Foundation 
    July 15: Tourism & Recreation  
    • Evan Smith, President & CEO of Discover Newport 
    • Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. 
    July 22: Research & Education  
    • Jenn McCann, Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at URI 
    July 29: Defense  
    • Molly Magee, Executive Director of Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium 
    • Dave Lussier, President of SEACORP 
    • Victor Ricci, Chief Technology Officer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center. 
    Aug. 5: Offshore Wind  
    • Will Cotta, Offshore Wind Supply Chain DirectorRI Commerce 
    • Dr. Drew Carey, CEOInspire Environmental 
    • Chris Waterson; General Manager; Waterson Terminal Services 
    Aug. 12: Marine Trades  
    • Jay Coogan, President of IYRS School of Technology & Trades 
    • Evan Ridley, Director of Environmental Programs at Rhode Island Marine Trade Association  
    • Neal Harrell, President of Brooks Marine Group. 
    Aug. 19: Blue Tech  
    • Christian Cowan, Executive Director; 401 Tech Bridge 
    • Annette Tonti, Managing Director; RI Hub 
    • Erik Brine, Executive Director; National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology 
    • Jason Kelly, Executive Vice President; Moran Shipping Agencies 
    Aug. 26: Looking Ahead 
    • Toby Stapleton, Managing Director at TXX Strategies Group 

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